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Old 12-05-2013, 02:00 AM   #57
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This alarm is likely from your awning not the step as we have discussed before on this forum.
You might be right. However, after I purchased the 2011 Airstream Interstate, I never used the awning. I presumed the alarm is for the electric door because it is close to it. Thanks!

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Old 12-05-2013, 07:08 AM   #58
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You might try extending the awning a foot or two and then retracting and holding the button for just a second or two after it's fully retracted. Traveling may have vibrated the awning enough to cause the micro switch to open and trigger the alarm.
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On my 2012, the step and the awning have separate alarms, making different sounds (step is one beep per second from near the sliding door, awning is an intermittent squawk from under the passenger seat), but apparently newer models have just one alarm for both step and awning.

On mine, the step alarm only activates when there is some unidentified something blocking the step from retracting fully (even if it looks fully retracted, it's still not making good contact with the limit switch). Initially surprisingly to me, a hard stop on an incline usually causes the step to jar itself into the correct position and shut off the alarm.

Awning alarm will squawk at me sometimes when I hit a bump, pothole, or pavement joint hard enough to make the awning vibrate; the only thing holding the awning in the closed position is the tension on the fabric, and fabric stretches slightly under a load.

If I'm on a bad road and can't keep the awning alarm from intermittently squawking due to the vibration (all too common in Louisiana, home of bad roads), I'll stop the vehicle, get out my portable ladder, and wrap a couple of heavy-duty rubber bands around the front and rear ends of the awning to hold it closed until I get to my destination.
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You might try bending the leaf slightly on the micro switch at the tail end of the awning to eliminate this inadvertent tripping of the alarm. At least that worked for me and I've gone 10,000 miles without a false trip of the buzzer.
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In my case it was the smoke detector, which Airstream replaced under warranty. My dealer was not surprised and indicated it is common on Interstates. He went on to say the problem is common to several brands.
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