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The Texan wrote:

Ours had the auto retract feature when we bought the coach and after watching it retract when a bird flew by, it was dis-connected and never re-hooked. Takes less than 20 seconds to retract from either inside or outside, so we just retract it when not needed or leaving for awhile. Also, without the auto feature, it can be tied down just like a manual awning, which is also a nice feature for an electric awning and the billow system built in, will never allow it to wrap over the roof.

You can overide the wind feature if you wish, just turn it off!!


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In order to understand why no awning can extend after retracting, one has to understand the workings of the awning that makes it retract. The anemometer, that's the gizmo on top with three cups on it that spins around, generates electricity when the wind spins it. If it spins fast enough, it generates enough energy to retract the awning. The energy created by the anemometer travels down a one way street. Once retracted, the awning cannot redeploy using the same method used by the retraction mechanism......Dennis


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Executive wrote:

In order to understand why no awning can extend after retracting, one has to understand the workings of the awning that makes it retract. The anemometer, that's the gizmo on top with three cups on it that spins around, generates electricity when the wind spins it. If it spins fast enough, it generates enough energy to retract the awning. The energy created by the anemometer travels down a one way street. Once retracted, the awning cannot redeploy using the same method used by the retraction mechanism......Dennis


No anemometer in use on our awning.

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Executive wrote:

In order to understand why no awning can extend after retracting, one has to understand the workings of the awning that makes it retract. The anemometer, that's the gizmo on top with three cups on it that spins around, generates electricity when the wind spins it. If it spins fast enough, it generates enough energy to retract the awning. The energy created by the anemometer travels down a one way street. Once retracted, the awning cannot redeploy using the same method used by the retraction mechanism......Dennis
It's doubtful that a small anemometer could generate the 6 amps needed by my awning motor. If so I would get about 10 of them, mount them on the roof and use them as a wind generator to charge the batteries.


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We have an A&E Weather Pro. And when the wind sensor failed (two months after the warranty runs out) it was going to cost us in the vicinity of $400 (parts only) to get it replaced. I didn't. I figured that I could push the button a lot of times to retract it myself, for that kind of money. Didn't even know that it had failed, til one day I was sitting in the MH and heard this faint beeping. Tracked it down to the awning controller, which was alarming. Thankfully there's a little switch on the side of the controller to shut the wind sensor function and alarm off.
The auto (water) dumping feature still works just fine.
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I still have a 17' weather pro awning I am giving away. The motor works. Come and get it. PM me.

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I have my DW for that, and she's fully atomatic, alas however not equiped with over-ride feature. Extremely noisy too.

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Leghorn you are living up to your name sakes reputation! Bet she doesn't read the forum either!!


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BTW the input from the anemometer that Dennis spoke of would provide the signal not the power to retract the awning. Wind strong enough to spin it and generate enough power to run the motor itself would probably be strong enough you would no longer be concerned with the awning! Be worried about having a "Dorothy moment!"

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