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Old 06-09-2014, 01:27 AM   #1
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Hi all. Hope you can help out a noob. Recently bought a 1998 Coach House wide body. Well maintained, about 90k on the clock. I've never owned an RV before so I've been going through the owner's manual over the last few days to get familiar with everything. But I noticed there's nothing in there about the awning. How are they operated?

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Old 06-09-2014, 01:38 AM   #2
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Not all awnings are the same. Google the Mfg. and get the instructions for your model
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Let us know make, model or post a photo if you can.

It might be Fiamma or Carefree.
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Also check youtube.com. Plenty of videos. Here is example of a Fiamma operation video:

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Old 06-09-2014, 01:44 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies. It's a Fiamma F45S. I'll seach for a video.
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We have the same awning on our Coach House and it is a manual hand crank version. The handle should be somewhere in the van, hook it to the forward end of the awning loop and start un-winding.
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Does it take 2 people, one to crank and one to pull? Because I tried turning the crank and nothing happened.
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If you can turn the crank the awning should come out on its own. Are you saying you cannot turn the crank? Counter clockwise should open it. Clockwise should close it. If you cannot turn the crank your awning could be stuck, so maybe getting help to jar it loose would help. If you cannot turn it even with help possibly the gears are stuck or the awning jammed in crooked. If you can turn the crank and nothing is happening then it is possible the gears are stripped or something broke.
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I was turning the crank but nothing was happening. Turned out it was just stuck (maybe not put away properly from the last time). Once I got the front part to come out of the housing it cranked out the rest of the way with no problem, and I was able to set it up.

Do you stand up the end posts on the ground or do you use the brackets mounted on the van?
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It depends on where you put the post. It is pretty simple just mount them to the brackets on the van. The worst part in doing that is they are at an angle and block the way you can walk. If the ground is a hard surface you cannot stake the post down and could bounce with the wind. If the ground is muddy then you'll have to carefully clean the feet off before putting them away. For about $11 you can buy an anchor wire kit to also hold your awning down which is a good idea in windy conditions. RV stores and Walmart sells the anchor kits.

I think most awnings are suppose to be rated for winds up to 30 mph but I won't put my awning out on any windy day. A wind gust could rip it off. Consequently all last spring on the Texas Gulf Coast I never put the awning out once. I use it on very sunny calm days or steady drizzle days. Storms usually bring wind.
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