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Old 10-13-2019, 05:08 PM   #1
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Awning Unfurling

We searched for this topic, but didn't find anything recent. We drove on the 'Enchanted Highway' in North Dakota in August to look at the sculptures. There was a high crosswind, into the curb side of the trailer, that day. Looking at the weather info the wind was 36 mph with gusts to 45 mph. A person drove up next to us blowing his horn and said our awning was out. The awning arms were extended and the awning was flapping in the breeze. We pulled over, went into our HC and retracted the awning. We decided that was enough enchantment so we turned around and had no other issues the rest of our trip. And yes, the awning was retracted before we left the campground that morning.
So the question is, has anyone else had this problem, and what can be done to prevent it? Our awning is still usable, but there is a 4 - 5 inch tear along one end of it where it is attached to the trailer, so there may be a replacement required at some point in the future.

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Old 10-13-2019, 06:05 PM   #2
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Never had this happen in over 10 years and with many high winds on the highway.
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Old 10-13-2019, 06:15 PM   #3
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There was a recall years ago, maybe 2013, that Dometic issued for defective electric motors in the awnings causing this issue, but yours wouldn’t be the same thing. I wonder, seeing that you were able to retract the awning OK, that maybe the awning switch is bad and possibly made contact that caused the motor to operate. That would be the only way it could extend the awning unless there was a broken part.
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Old 10-13-2019, 08:37 PM   #4
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Agree with bob. The motor should be "locked up" with no power to it and power is only via that switch.
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Old 10-14-2019, 09:38 AM   #5
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Saw a Youtube video recently where this happened to a couple while they were driving to Alaska. They couldn't figure out how it happened either until they realized that the had their dog's leash hanging above the awning switch and figured it must have somehow bumped against it and turned it on. Needless to say, the don't hang anything above that switch anymore.
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Old 10-14-2019, 07:15 PM   #6
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Or the button got pushed on the remote in the drawer?


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