Is your patio awning becoming sluggish and reluctant to retract? Here is a handy RV awning repair tip from Storm on how to revive it. Although his solution worked fine, don’t do what we did! We have a Carefree Eclipse awning. Storm purchased the $200 repair motor kit from Carefree which included a lot of pieces we did not really need (but we used anyway). We fully extended the awning and I held the awning end while he installed the new motor. The whole job took us about 30 minutes.
Save $$ By Using Auto Parts Not Awning Parts
Turns out we could have saved a bundle by purchasing a window lift motor for about $40 from an auto parts store (almost half that price if you order on Amazon). For our awning the Autozone part number is 742-141. If you have a different model awning, be sure to comb the web forums for an alternate window lift motor. I’ll bet someone out there has posted the correct auto part for your awning too.
The photos below showcase the extreme affect the wind has had on the water levels in the rivers around here lately.