Unwanted Awning Deployment

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Nov 4, 2019
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No Where In Particular
RV Year
2020
RV Make
Newmar
RV Model
Dutch Star 4369
RV Length
43’ 9”
TOW/TOAD
2016 Colorado
I know many know about the several unwanted awning deployments there have been with the Girard awnings. I just want to share an incident I saw on I-15 in Utah yesterday as I can’t seem to get it out of my head. Around Cedar City I saw a Motorhome on the side of the highway, as I approached my first thought was to move over to the other lane to provide a safety margin. Too much traffic so a no go. I realized upon getting closer it was another Newmar and something was hanging from the roof line at the rear half passenger side of the coach. Upon passing it was obvious the rear awning had deployed while traveling😢

This would be such a nightmare, I had gotten in the habit of unplugging the control modules in the basement on our 2017. The new 2020 DS has a lock switch on the remote and panel in the overhead cabinet. I have not researched how it locks out the awning ie removes power but know if you try to deploy the awnings they do not go out. This has given me the impression that I didn’t need to unplug the controllers anymore. After seeing the incident yesterday I will go back to unplugging them until I research what the lock button actual does.

I know there was also a coach that was involved with Newmar and Girard in resolving the issue where a filter was installed to eliminate RF which was causing a problem. I’m not convinced that the issue has been resolved.
 
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2017 Chevy Colorado
Yikes! Those Girards look gorgeous but the stories are a nightmare!
 
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Midlothian, VA
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2017
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40' 10"
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2017 Chevy Colorado
Is there a fuse in the coach that would be easier to pull to remove power in one place? What about putting in some master on/off switch that disables power?
 
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Cypress Inn, TN
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Thor
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2018 Nissan Rogue
Did it deploy or did the wind get under the material and unrolled. maybe a lock failed?
 
Joined
Nov 4, 2019
Messages
559
Location
No Where In Particular
RV Year
2020
RV Make
Newmar
RV Model
Dutch Star 4369
RV Length
43’ 9”
TOW/TOAD
2016 Colorado
Is there a fuse in the coach that would be easier to pull to remove power in one place? What about putting in some master on/off switch that disables power?
I think this is what the lock button is for, I just need to confirm how/what it actually does. I am thinking of calling Girard after I dig out the manual and see if it describes what the button actually does.
 

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