Awnings are a longtime favorite among RV-ers. They not only improve your stay in the fresh air, protecting you from rain and sun, but also the right accessories, such as LED lighting and outbuildings, also make life on the road more comfortable. In fact, electric awnings for carriages are now in vogue because they are cheaper and motorists can easily customize them. The problem is that, as with all electrical equipment, this product also experiences problems, and most of them are related to the motor. Imagine being surprised when a potential van buyer visits you and discovers that the awning engine is not working. If you want to get cash for your van, this is a hurdle for many stakeholders. In order not to face such a situation, it is necessary to replace the awning motor. It does not require special skills and you can perform this task yourself. Learn how to do it below:
Choose the right engine
Available on the market options for automatic RV awnings are easy to confuse. However, prioritize those with manual override functions. This sophisticated emergency function allows campers to distract the awning manually when there is no electricity. You’ll find a variety of electric awnings with built-in receivers that you can easily control with a remote control or wall switch. Some brands add wind and sun sensors to their products, allowing them to open and close automatically depending on weather conditions. You can connect motor awnings to a standard RV socket.
Prepare a new awning
Hold the mounting bracket in the retracted position and remove the product. Carefully place it on the ground and remove the cap. Now you need to loosen the bolts securing the roller end bracket. This will allow you to slide the brackets to the left end so that the torsion bar can be easily removed. After removing the equipment, be sure to remove the square sock. This part is no longer needed; the motor will change its place.
Adjust the engine
Push the engine to the end of the engine tube and connect each piece of equipment. Check the instructions once, as the components usually differ from one manufacturer to another. Now put the handwheel gear in place along with the roller end bracket. Make sure you tighten the nuts of the mounting bolts. Then install the end cap. Secure the awning to the mounting brackets and reinstall it. Finally, connect the motor cable to the wall control panel. If you are buying a wireless model, place the wireless control brackets in a shaded location and connect the wall control panel cable to an electrical outlet. Inspect each of the buttons on the remote control and switch to see if they work properly.
RV awnings are able to turn outdoor territory into something spectacular, and it greatly enhances the value of your RV. However, before you put your van on the market to sell it for cash, make sure the engine is running thoroughly. This ensures that the deal will go smoothly and your prospect will not find a reason to cancel the deal!