Originally Posted by Fungus
Any tips, tricks, and gimmicks you’ve learned would be greatly appreciated to have documented here.
The one important thing I learned when manually opening the Relax awning is to move back and forth between unwinding the awning and extending the arms. If you do one, or the other too much at once, you will run into difficulties.
I start with extending each arm 8-10", then unfurl the awning a few feet. then back to the arms. The trick is to not unroll the awing too far, or you will not be able to get your drill and arm winding tool into the bottom of the awing arm as the bottom of the arm angles toward the trailer, the further out the awing is unrolled.
The other trick is to know the maximum distance your arms can safely be extended, or retracted without causing more damage than there already is. Measure this now, while your awning works, and put it somewhere you can find it if you need to. That way you can measure the arms as you are extending or retracting them and not go too far.
Similarly, when you are manually unrolling the awning using the jumper cables that come with your trailer, make sure that you do not keep power applied to the cable after the awning is unwound, or fully wound back up, lest you risk burning the awing motor. For those of you who are scratching your head, your trailer came with a jumper cable that can be connected to your pos and neg battery terminals on one end, and the other plugs into the awing motor located on the top front arm. You will need a ladder, or the tailgate of your truck, to stand on to reach the plug, disconnect it from the trailer wiring and plug in the other end of the jumper cable.
I had to do the above on the second day of a 3-month road trip from home to SoCal. Going without the awning in Calif in the summer was not an option.