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Old 07-19-2016, 07:21 PM   #1
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Main awning piston/strut replacement

I just recently discovered one of my main arms for the awning is not going out. However, the right arm is extending and the awning on that side is rolling out. In looking at the piston/strut (or whatever you call it), it appears that it is no longer pushing out. Perhaps all the oil has leaked out of it?

I did a search for any previous discussions, but didn't have much luck on finding one related to my issue.

I've contacted Tiara RV to see how much one of those costs, since this may be coming out of my own pocket, though still under warranty.

Has anyone replaced one and can tell me how you go about changing it out? It appears that the pins holding it on are rivets.

Any advice/suggestions anyone could share with me would be appreciated.

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Old 07-20-2016, 03:04 AM   #2
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Steve, I had to replace last year, here is the part # , a picture of the ends, both ends are threaded on the pin in the awning arm. Once you get the strut it's about a 5 minute job.
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Hope Tiara helps, I had a hard time locating them so I ordered 2 & replaced both & kept the old one as a spare.
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Old 07-20-2016, 01:56 PM   #3
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I think gas struts can be found a lot of places --- just have to match up length, ends, and strength (in our 38gk's place higher strength would have been great it was so slow!)
https://www.amazon.com/Carefree-R001.../dp/B00C5SV2I4

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_n...5+lb+gas+strut
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Thanks guys for the information. I was able to find the R001252 at Amazon.com and have taken your advice and bought two of them.


I did contact Carefree of Colorado to compare prices and verify the item for my particular awning. Evidently, there is a difference between the "Traveler" and the "Eclipse" awning. This model #R001252 is for the "Traveler". Surprisingly, they were about $20 more if I ordered it directly from them and that didn't even include taxes.


So when I get them and try to install them, do I do it with the awning out or just enough in order to reach the piston? Also, any trick on backing out the threaded part on the pin?


Thanks again for the information. The price I'm paying for 2 pistons is what I would have had to pay for a service call to have a RV tech come out and replace it.


It's just a shame that I'm already having to replace this item after such minimal use of the awning.


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Thanks guys for the information. I was able to find the R001252 at Amazon.com and have taken your advice and bought two of them.


I did contact Carefree of Colorado to compare prices and verify the item for my particular awning. Evidently, there is a difference between the "Traveler" and the "Eclipse" awning. This model #R001252 is for the "Traveler". Surprisingly, they were about $20 more if I ordered it directly from them and that didn't even include taxes.


So when I get them and try to install them, do I do it with the awning out or just enough in order to reach the piston? Also, any trick on backing out the threaded part on the pin?


Thanks again for the information. The price I'm paying for 2 pistons is what I would have had to pay for a service call to have a RV tech come out and replace it.


It's just a shame that I'm already having to replace this item after such minimal use of the awning.


Steve
I think that is how the RV industry rolls. Make a bunch of $4!+ that has to be replaced every couple of years by a "professional"
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Steve, I carefully used a pair of channel lock pliers as close to the ends as poossible to unscrew both ends, trying not to mar them up, they weren't overly tight on mine.
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I wanted to share some information regarding my recent fix of my awning pistons. It was definitely an easy fix, but I discovered you want to make sure your awning arms are extended to the maximum in order to install the pistons. I had a slight pitch on my awning and it was difficult to pull in the piston since they have 85#'s of resistance. In hind-sight, I should have taken out the pitch, which would have extended it enough so I would not have had to pull it in to install it.


Just an fyi in case someone else needs some assistance on how to install. Thanks again to all of you for your help.


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I wanted to share some information regarding my recent fix of my awning pistons. It was definitely an easy fix, but I discovered you want to make sure your awning arms are extended to the maximum in order to install the pistons. I had a slight pitch on my awning and it was difficult to pull in the piston since they have 85#'s of resistance. In hind-sight, I should have taken out the pitch, which would have extended it enough so I would not have had to pull it in to install it.


Just an fyi in case someone else needs some assistance on how to install. Thanks again to all of you for your help.


Steve
Glad to hear you got it fixed without much difficulty!
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So I'm having issues on my awning retracting if I fully extend it it won't come back unless you help it pushing down the retractable arms. The mobile service guy said the motor was probably bad. Has anyone replaced this motor?
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So I'm having issues on my awning retracting if I fully extend it it won't come back unless you help it pushing down the retractable arms. The mobile service guy said the motor was probably bad. Has anyone replaced this motor?
If the awning goes out, but doesn't come back in, I'd lubricate the slide channels first, second...replace the struts.
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