Awnings are a perennial favorite among RV-ers. Not only do they enhance the outdoor experience by protecting you from the rain and the sun, but the right additions like LED lights and easily accessible rooms also make life on the road more convenient. In fact, all the rabies at the moment are electric RV awnings as they cost less, and RV-ers can easily set them up. The problem is, like all electrical appliances, this product also experiences problems and most are motor related. Imagine the surprise when a potential RV buyer visits you and discovers that the awning motor is not working. If you want cash for your RV, this is a deal breaker for many interested parties. To avoid facing such a situation, you need to change the awning motor. This does not require any special skills, and you can do this task yourself. Find out how below:
Select the Right Motor
It’s easy to get confused by the options of automatic RV awnings available in the market. However, make sure that those with manual override features are your priority. This nifty emergency feature allows RV-ers to manually withdraw the awning when there is no electricity. You will find many electric awnings with built-in receivers that you can easily operate using a remote control or wall mounted control switch. Some brands add wind and solar sensors to their products, allowing them to automatically open and close depending on weather conditions. You can plug motor awnings into a standard RV power outlet.
Prepare the New Awning
Keep the mounting bracket in a retracted position and remove the product. Place it lightly on the ground and remove the end cap. Now, you have to loosen the roller end bracket that secures bolts. This will allow you to slide the bracket to the left end so that the torsion bar is easy to move. After removing the gear, remember to remove the square toes as well. This part will no longer be needed; the motor will replace its position.
Setting up the Motor
Slide the motor to the end of the motor tube, and connect each piece of hardware. Check the manual once, as the components included tend to vary from one manufacturer to another. Now, put the gear for the handle manually back into place along with the roller end bracket. Be sure to tighten the nuts of the secure bolts. Then install the end cap. Securely attach the awning to the mounting brackets and replace. Finally, hook your motor cable to the wall control panel. If you are purchasing a wireless model, install the wireless control bracket in a shaded area and plug the wall control panel cable into the electrical wall capacitor. Examine each of the buttons on the remote and switch to know if they are working as they should.
RV awnings can transform the outdoor area into something spectacular, and that greatly increases the value of your RV. However, before you put your RV in the market to sell for cash, make sure the motor is working carefully. This will ensure that the deal goes smoothly, and that your potential customer finds no reason to abandon the deal!