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Old 06-10-2022, 06:32 PM   #1
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Default Carefree Compass awning problems

We have a 2021 VC 23RSS with the Carefree awning with the simple rocker switch control. This past winter I noticed when extending the awning sometimes the motor would coast resulting it the awning being extended too far. If memory serves me correctly when new it would stop rotation very quickly after the switch was released.

After much frustration I did get to speak with someone at Carefree Colorado and they didn't answer my questions about a motor brake or shunt but said my motor is defective and will send one in 4-6 weeks allowing me to install it instead of dragging the camper 111 miles to the dealer.

Has anyone had one of these motors apart? More curious than anything but is there a magnetic brake like overhead cranes use? Is there a shunt brake using a set of contacts and a resistor to collapse the magnetic fields?

Regardless, when the new motor comes in the old one will be dissected just to see what failed.
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Old 06-12-2022, 05:25 PM   #2
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I'm almost sure Gulfstream did not install the correct awning switch which doesn't surprise me since they mounted the awning rail 3/4" low on my trailer. The switch Carefree calls for os a DPDT momentary rocker with dynamic braking. My KIB panel does not have the dynanic braking feature.
Last evening I drew up a circuit with two automotive SPDT relays and this morning installed it. Problem solved. I'll keep using my circuit instead of botching up my current panel by installing a larger switch.

If anyone else has this problem let me know and I'll walk you through my solution.
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Old 06-13-2022, 11:10 PM   #3
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Hey way to be crafty and making your own repair!! That's what I like to see, our coach was nice but my God what a wiring nightmare!! Sound from the dash unit came through the surround system and the entertainment played halfway the dash system... all completely wrong! So a three month long rewire and updated everything to today's electronics and added a bunch more.

So I'm not surprised at all that you had the incorrect switch from the start.
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Old 06-19-2022, 07:38 PM   #4
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I'm almost sure Gulfstream did not install the correct awning switch which doesn't surprise me since they mounted the awning rail 3/4" low on my trailer. The switch Carefree calls for os a DPDT momentary rocker with dynamic braking. My KIB panel does not have the dynanic braking feature.
Last evening I drew up a circuit with two automotive SPDT relays and this morning installed it. Problem solved. I'll keep using my circuit instead of botching up my current panel by installing a larger switch.

If anyone else has this problem let me know and I'll walk you through my solution.
Details about that circuit would be great. I'm having the same problem on my awning and never thought about the switch being incorrect.
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