Gulf Stream Owners RV Forum


Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-09-2005, 12:04 PM   #1
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 254
Default How tight should the main awning spring be

I am taking the MH back to La Mesa on Tuesday for a couple of things for them to do under warrenty. I also talked to them about loosing the tension on the spring on the main awning. It is a 20 ft awning from A&E with the medal wrap cover. I have never had one with the medal wrap . It appears to be to be awful tight, for when I release the lever to roll back up, I really must have a good hold on it or it will take the strap through my hand and give me a good rope burn. The other one I had didn't do that. Does it have to be this tight on the medal wrap? I am afraid it will get away from me and break something when it slams against the MH. this is on a 2004 Sun Voyager model 8379. I don't want to have them loosen it and then find out it should be tight.
Another thing I don't like is the main awning goes out over the bedroom slide, they have two little wheels on the slide so it doesn't tear the awning, but to me it doesn't look too good. I was think of installing something along the lip of the slide out to better protect the awning. Has anyone did this on this model MH?
Darby R. Corwin
darbyjudy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2005, 11:59 AM   #2
Site Team
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 569

Hi Darby,

We have the same A&E on our '05 Sun Voyager #8351. Yes, there is a lot of return spring pressure.

At first, I was equally alarmed, but have learned a couple of techniques to manage with the force. I assume you received the 3 foot rod with hooks at both ends? I move the strap close enough to the rachet reversing lever so that I can reach it by hand. Your frame is already retracted & prepped for closure. I hook the rod in the strap loop, THEN reach over to the rachet lever & reverse it. Then grasp the rod at the bottom hook as well as the strap loop and allow it to retract. Keep a good grip on the rod & you won't burn your fingers.

I assume that A&E wants the spring force high to prevent against the many potential mishaps while driving. Let us all know what your dealer says. And, ask for the extension rod if you didn't recieve it with your rig.

'05 Sun Voyager #8351
RJ82much is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2005, 11:30 PM   #3
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 83
Send a message via AIM to treecounter

The spring on our A&E awning with the metal cover is also very tight. The release lever is in avery difficult position when the awning is closed also. But you are right about the rope burns.
03 Frindship, 07 Suzuki, Datastorm, Direct TV
treecounter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2018, 01:34 PM   #4
New Member
Join Date: Apr 2018
Posts: 24

My '04 Friendship has the opposite tension problem, needing to be manually rolled up the last 2 feet. Now, the locking lever is pointed downward and stuck in an unknown function. I don't know what the internal parts look like, but know enough not to play with springs without that knowledge. Rolled up and not useable. Thanks.
neondon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2018, 11:27 AM   #5
New Member
Join Date: Aug 2018
Posts: 29

It's easy to add tension to the springs. You will need a ladder and a helper, screw gun with appropriate bits. Just did this 2 days ago.

There are several YouTube videos out on replacing the awning springs so I used those as info to learn how the system works. All brands have different ways to adjust and my Carefree of Colorado 'Spirit' uses 2 screws to keep the spring tension. Basically, locate the pin or screws that keep the spring tension , while grasping the outer bracket with vice grips...remove the pins or screws. You will feel the spring tension now on the vice grips that you have a firm grip on. Just add a couple of winds then put the screws back in place. Put the awning arm and bracket back on and test it out. It helps to have someone hold the awning from retracting while you do your thing, thus the helper..

heetseeker is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Front Main Headlights Fogged jerryscott Class A 9 05-08-2017 10:35 AM
Leaf Spring Failure Sergio Travel Trailers 13 08-08-2014 12:43 AM
Drain Main Water Tank jmj437 Class C 6 03-07-2010 07:13 AM
Here is Quartize, AZ for the Main Event...Anyone Else? David Bott Class A 4 01-19-2010 08:42 PM
Broken Spring Shackle Bracket Jim forgrave 5th Wheels 3 07-04-2005 06:15 AM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:45 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.