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Old 09-30-2015, 05:05 PM   #15
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BeetleBob, I will continue to follow this posting. Would appreciate you posting what you find out.
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Old 09-30-2015, 07:18 PM   #16
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Paul, if you ordered your trailer from ODM in Colfax, you can undoubtedly have Ricky install a kill switch for you. I showed him how I'd done it, and it is really not a big deal. Switch placement would be fairly simple. (I have a fairly complex electrical panel installed at the top of my wardrobe, and I ran the wire there so I'd continue to have all my electrical add-ons in one place.) There are other places that would work well, like adjacent to the open/close/tilt board. The key fob remote is an option you can add anytime. Very simple. They ship you a board that fits next to the control unit along with the wire to plug it in. Owner can easily do this, and the instructions they'll send are simple. It's around $350. Pricey, but?
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Old 09-30-2015, 07:57 PM   #17
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BAB, after your earlier post I did talk to Brian (my salesman) at ODM and told him that I would take the electric awning. I asked him about the key fob remote and he couldn't answer that question, but he will check on it. I also asked him to check with AS and see if the kill switch could be factory installed. BAB, when it comes to electronics I'm clueless. I will also have Ricky install my PP hitch.
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You'll do much better having Ricky install a kill switch for you rather than having the factory do it. Any kind of change on your order will just complicate the build process -- plus they will probably charge you an up charge for a mod, PLUS the cost of the switch. My switch was around $5 (it lights up when you turn it on). Ricky is a complete, total expert on anything having to do with Airstream electrical systems and can do this in about an hour. (He has installed my last two ProPride hitches and knows exactly how to do it on a new Classic.)
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Old 09-30-2015, 09:44 PM   #19
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This is a good thread... I have replaced three updated circuit boards and one awning motor. I know that the previous board was very dependent on battery voltage. Discharged batteries raise havoc with the relax awning. Seems that the initial install would set the tone for how well this awning behaves in the future. Wiring connections and routing are very important. Jimmy is a great resource at ZipDee. Nice folks...
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Old 10-01-2015, 04:38 AM   #20
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I can only hope by December that AS gets this figured out. It seems to me that by now they realize they have a problem with the electric awning. Like my Grandfather used to say, "if you have a problem and keep doing things the same old way you will continue to get the same results".
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Well they were supposed to be calling me back. That was 2 days ago. I guess I'll have to call them back again. Since I had to remove a water heater and repair the plumbing since it was broken I will have to wait until I get done with work tomorrow and try again. I don't know why I'm having problems with them I am a ase master mechanic and a certified rv technician so I do know what I am doing all the tests say a problem with the wiring in the front arm. Now if I can just get them to stop saying it's the wiring in the trailer and listen I feel I can get this fixed . I am not even asking for any labor money just want it to work will keep you informed
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If it helps, I had a problem with the awning during extend and retract cycles where the front end skipped while the rear arm retracted. In one ugly retraction, the front arm was a foot or so from retraction while the awning was fully retracted on the spool.
Called Zip Dee, who thought it was an airstream wiring problem with intermittent contact. Brought it to Colonial. They worked with Zip Dee and determined that it was the sensor on the rear arm that was providing intermittent signals to the board. They ordered and replaced the rear arm. Everything is now copacetic.

Now where would the cutout switch go? That's a good idea
When Airstream Adventures Northwest in Gladstone, OR installed the new replacement awning, at my request, they added the isolation switch next to the awning operation panel and used the same type rocker switch as the factory installed light switches.
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