Originally Posted by Tronadora
I doubt you need to grease your extending arms. Your Interstate awning (unlike AS trailers) is under a strong spring load and wants to extend. If it weren't for the motor and gearbox holding it back it would fling out violently. If the gearbox fails, it will fling out violently. This happened to my Fiamma at 65mph. It became like a sail up over the rig and shoved me into the oncoming lane a little bit.
Maybe the motor fuse is blown. Maybe there is something wrong with the limit switch that cuts power to the motor.
Word of caution: if your motorized awning gears sound like they are skipping/clunking then you are getting close to a failure that could become catastrophic and you should stop using it. In that situation you should wrap the awning closed with a couple of 24" Velcro Cinch straps to prevent accidental deployment. After my second motorized awning failure, I switched to a manual crank model. Buy the straps from computercablestore.com now so you have them if you ever need them.
Thanks @Tronadora It’s suddenly working just fine now but it sounds like a great effort when I’m extending it. That said, it sounds less creaky the further out it goes. May be something to do with its desire to “fling out violently”
. I’m camping without shade for 2 more months so I’m going to do some praying.