nstallation anual freedom rm awning

nstallation anual freedom rm awning
INSTALLATION MANUAL
FREEDOM RM AWNING
ROOF MOUNTED BOX AWNING
RV
Manual
Motorized
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Product Overview .......................................................................................................................... 1 Component Checklist.............................................................................................................................. 2 Installation ..................................................................................................................................... 3 Mounting the Brackets Using the Sprinter Rail ....................................................................................... 3 Attaching the Carefree Mounting Rails ........................................................................................... 4 Mounting the Brackets On a Flat Roof.................................................................................................... 5 Mounting the Awning .............................................................................................................................. 7 Mount Bottom Brackets .......................................................................................................................... 7 Manual Crank Handle Storage Clips ...................................................................................................... 8 Switch Installation (motorized awnings only) ............................................................................. 9 Optional LED Lighting................................................................................................................. 10 Switch Installation ................................................................................................................................. 10 Setting the Motor Limits ............................................................................................................. 11 Adjusting the OUT Limit Switch ....................................................................................................... 11 Adjusting the IN Limit Switch ........................................................................................................ 11 Bracket Position Template ......................................................................................................... 12 052978-051r12
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PROPRIETARY STATEMENT
The Freedom Awning is a product of Carefree of Colorado, located in Broomfield, Colorado, USA. The
information contained in or disclosed in this document is considered proprietary to Carefree of Colorado. Every
effort has been made to ensure that the information presented in the document is accurate and complete.
However, Carefree of Colorado assumes no liability for errors or for any damages that result from the use of this
document.
The information contained in this manual pertains to the current configuration of the models listed on the title page.
Earlier model configurations may differ from the information given. Carefree of Colorado reserves the right to
cancel, change, alter or add any parts and assemblies, described in this manual, without prior notice.
Carefree of Colorado agrees to allow the reproduction of this document for use with Carefree of Colorado products
only. Any other reproduction or translation of this document in whole or part is strictly prohibited without prior
written approval from Carefree of Colorado.
SAFETY INFORMATION
WARNING
A WARNING INDICATES A POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH, IF NOT AVOIDED, COULD RESULT IN
DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY AND/OR MAJOR PROPERTY DAMAGE.
CAUTION
A CAUTION INDICATES A POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS SITUATION THAT MAY CAUSE MINOR TO MODERATE
PERSONAL INJURY AND/OR PROPERTY DAMAGE. IT MAY ALSO BE USED TO ALERT AGAINST UNSAFE PRACTICES.
NOTE: A note indicates further information about a product, part, or step.
Tip:
A tip provides helpful suggestions.
Safety Notes:
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Always disconnect battery or power source before working on or around the electrical system.
Always wear appropriate safety equipment (i.e. goggles).
Always use appropriate lifting devices and/or helpers when lifting or holding heavy objects.
When using fasteners, use care to not over tighten. Soft materials such as fiberglass and aluminum
can be "stripped out" and lose the ability to grip and hold.
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Printed in USA
a Scott Fetzer company
August, 2013
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FREEDOM RM PATIO AWNING
PRODUCT OVERVIEW
The Freedom Awnings are state of the art lateral arm awnings. When retracted, the housing provides
protection against the elements while the streamlined styling blends in with the coach sidewall. The full
tension canopy fabric allows the awning to be partially or fully extended for best shade coverage.
Each unit is equipped with lateral support arms. No vertical arms interfere with coach sidewalls, custom
graphics or equipment that may be mounted on the sidewalls.
Freedom Awning Specifications:
 Fully retractable and self-storing;
 Available as manual or motorized (Note: 4.5 & 5 meter only available as motorized);
 The sealed awning motor operates on standard 12VDC (range 10VDC to 14VDC);
 Case and frame are constructed of high-strength aluminum extrusions, protected with a polyester paint finish;
SPECIFICATIONS
Widths:
centimeters
inches
Extension:
243
257
96
101
180cm (72") 200cm (80")
300
118
350
138
400
157
250cm (98")
450
177
500
197
LEADING EDGE POSITION ACTUATION AND CONTROL
Power:
Position Control:
Lateral Arm Spring
Motorized:
Manual:
Open
Minimum Tension
Roll Out/In Controlled by Electrical Motor
Roll Out/In Controlled by Manual Crank
Note: 4.5 meter and 5 meter awnings are only available in the motorized configuration.
MOTOR SPECIFICATIONS
Motor Type:
Power:
Power Source:
Torque
Speed
Tubular
12VDC
Minimum: 10VDC
Output: 30 Watts
Nominal Current: 2.5Amps
Max Current: 14Amps (stall @ min voltage)
Motor and controls are routed and hardwired into the vehicle’s 12V system
Continuous: 6Nm/4.5 ft-lbs.
Tightening: 18Nm/13.2 ft-lbs.
15 rpm
COLORS AVAILABLE
Case
Fabric:1
6.9cm [2.7”]
2.43 meter - 4 meter: Satin, White or Black
Vinyl
Awning Length
Fabric Width
4.5 meter - 5 meter; White or Black only
16cm
3.8cm
[6.3”]
[1.5”]
17.3cm
[6.8”]
Manual Crank (4 meter or smaller)
Awning Length
Fabric Width
5cm [2”]
16cm
3.8cm
[6.3”]
[1.5”]
17.3cm
[6.8”]
Motorized (4 meter or smaller)
Awning Length
Fabric Width
9.4cm [3.7”]
16cm
5cm
[6.3”]
[2”]
17.3cm
[6.8”]
Motorized (4.5 & 5 meter)
RMF001e
Special Note: Dimensions are provided in centimeters. Conversion formulas are provided below;
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Centimeters
2.54
Centimeters =
Inches x 2.54
=
Millimeters
25.4
Millimeters =
Inches x 25.4
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COMPONENT CHECKLIST
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12
13
14
1
2
3
4
15
2
3
5
6
7
8
9
16
10
4
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 ITEM DESCRIPTION
 1 Awning Assembly, Complete
QTY
1
NOTE
Bracket Kits: S = Sprinter; F = Flat Roof S
F
Mounting Bracket
2
2
2, 3
Pad, Mounting Bracket
4
4
2, 3
Mounting Rail
2
2, 4
Twist Lock Stud
4
-2
Washer, Flat, .25 ID, .75 OD, .08 thick
10
-2
Nut, Nyloc
M6 14
-2
Nut, Square
M6
4
4
2, 3
Screw, Truss Head
M6 x 20 14
4
2, 3
Screw, Hex Head
4
4
Bottom Bracket
2
Screw, Flat Head
#10 x 3/4"
4
Manual Crank Handle
Used with Manual Crank Only
1
5
Clip, Manual Crank Handle
Used with Manual Crank Only
2
5
Switch Kit
Used with Motorized Only
1
6
Override Key
3/8"
1
7
NOTES:
1. Specific awning configuration is specified at time of order, including awning length, fabric, color
etc. check awning assembly against original purchase order.
2. 2 bracket kits are available. Kit for applications with a Sprinter rail includes items 2 thru 8. Kit
for flat roof applications includes items 2, 3, 8 and 10. Bracket kit is specified at time of order.
3. Brackets quantities for the 4.5 and 5 meter are: item 2 qty: 4; items 3, 8 and 10 qty: 8.
4. The mounting rail (item 4) is included and used for Sprinter applications when the vehicle does
not have the OEM sprinter rail installed.
5. Crank Handle (item 12) and crank handle clip (item 13) used with manual crank version only.
6. Switch kit (Item 14) and override key (item 15) used with motorized version only
7.
Place the override key (item 15) with RV owner information.
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INSTALLATION
Awning
SPECIAL NOTE:
Some OEM's may furnish the
mounting brackets. Install the brackets according
to the bracket design.
To best support the
awnings, the brackets must be positioned below
the arm case knuckles. After the brackets are
installed, go to "Mounting the Awning" on page 7.
2.44m
2.57m
3.0m
3.5m
4.0m
4.5m
5.0m
Edge of
Case
5.0"
5.0"
3.25"
13.25"
13.25"
4.0"
14.0"
13 cm
13 cm
8 cm
33.5 cm
33.5 cm
10 cm
35 cm
Arm
Knuckle
Center Arm
Knuckle
Center Knuckle 4.5m & 5m
MOUNTING THE BRACKETS USING THE
SPRINTER RAIL
4.5m
5.0m
Typical Both Sides
60.0"
69.75"
152 cm
177 cm
RMF008
Special Note: Sprinter rails are used to mount the 4 meter and shorter awnings on Sprinter style
vans. For 4.5 and 5 meter awning, use "Mounting the Brackets On a Flat Roof" on page 5.
Measure and Mark
the Inner and Outer Edges
of the Cross Member Flanges
Sprinter Track (ref)
Cross
Member
Track Mounting Stud
RMF009
1. Mark the position of the awning.
2. On the interior of the van, determine which roof cross members the awning will cover. Generally, the awning
is placed forward to go over the sliding door. The front cross member will be the first cross member above the
door.
3. Detach any wiring that is routed along the cross members to avoid damage during drilling and installation.
4. Using a common reference point such as the center of a mounting stud location for the sprinter rail, measure
the location of the inner and outer edges of the cross member flanges inside the vehicle. Do this for the first
and last cross members that the awning covers.
5. Using a non-permanent method of marking, on the exterior (using the same reference point) measure and
mark the locations of the inner and outer edges of the flanges.
6. For sprinter vans without the OEM mounting rail: Go to “Attaching the Carefree Mounting Rails” on page 4.
After the rails have been attached, continue with step 7.
7. Loosely attach a twist lock stud with a flat washer and
nylock nut to each end of both mounting brackets.
M6 Nylock Nut
& Washer
8. Remove the release paper from the bracket pads and attach
the pads to the bottom edges of the brackets. For units using
the Carefree mounting rail, stack two of the pads on the rear
edge of the bracket. The front edge does not require a pad.
Bracket Pad
(2 per bracket)
Twist Lock Stud
(2 per bracket)
RMF010
9. For vans with the OEM mounting rail: Set the brackets on the sprinter rail with the twist lock fasteners
inserted into the track. Do not tighten the nuts for the twist lock studs.
10. For vans with the Carefree mounting rail: From one end of the track, slide the brackets onto the rail
with the twist lock fasteners inside the rail.
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(2 plcs per Bracket)
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D
Awning
3m & Shorter
3.5m & 4m
D
1.25cm [.5”]
14.0 cm [5.5”]
2.5cm [1”]
Awning Width
Align Inside Edge of Endcap with
Corner of Front Door
Rear Corner of Front Door
RMF011
11. Position the brackets on the roof.
Twist Lock Stud,
11.1. The brackets must straddle the roof cross members, they do not
Washer & Nut
need to be centered over the cross members. Reference the
(2 per bracket)
marks made previously.
M6 x 20 Screw,
11.2. Make sure that the outer edges of the brackets are within the
Washer &
Nylock Nut
dimension range (D) shown for the end of the awning. Adjust the
(2 per bracket)
bracket position as necessary.
RMF011a
12. Tighten the nuts for the twist lock fasteners.
13. For each bracket, drill two (2) 5/16" [8mm] holes through the bracket, roof and cross member flanges.
14. Secure the brackets to the roof using two (2) each M6 x 20 screws, flat washers and nylock nuts.
15. Go to "Mounting the Awning" on page 7.
Attaching the Carefree Mounting Rails
When the Sprinter van is not equipped with the OEM Sprinter mounting rails, two (2) mounting rails are
included in the mounting bracket kit. The rails are pre-drilled to match stud locations for the OEM rail.
Forward
Remove Plugs and
Gasket/Sealing Material
M6 x 20 Screw
Flat Washer
Nylock Nut
(3 per bracket)
RMF022
1. Set the rails on the van to determine the correct mounting holes to be used. Each rail must be attached with 3
screws. It may be necessary to turn the rail mounted at the rear of the vehicle 180º to match the existing
mounting locations.
NOTE: The rail must be positioned to support the entire length of the mounting bracket.
2. Remove the hole plugs from the roof and clean any gaskets and sealing material.
3. Coat the bottom of the rails with a quality silicone sealant and place the rails in position.
4. Coat the hole locations with sealant then attach each rail to the roof using 3 ea M6-20 screws, flat
washers and nylock nuts.
5. Seal the edges of the rail.
6. Return to step 7 on the previous page to install the mounting brackets.
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MOUNTING THE BRACKETS ON A FLAT ROOF
1. Determine the location of the awning.
2. To aid in positioning the brackets, a full size template is furnished on the last page of this manual.
Copy and paste or tape the page to a piece of cardboard then cut along the dotted line.
2.75”
.75”
.75”
Clearance
2.75”
.75”
.75”
Clearance
Screw Location
Screw Location
2.88”
2.88”
Screw Location
Screw Location
Mark the Rear Edge of the Bracket &
the Front and Rear Screw Locations
Sidewall (ref)
Vehicles with Flat Sides
Mark the Rear Edge of the Bracket &
the Front and Rear Screw Locations
Screw Location
2.88”
Screw Location
.75”
2.75”
.75”
Clearance
.75”
.75”
Clearance
.75”
2.75”
Screw Location
Screw Location
2.88”
Screw Location
2.88”
Screw Location
2.75”
.75”
Clearance
Adjust Outside Template Marks
to Match Center Template Marks
Sidewall (ref)
Vehicles with Tapered Sides
RMF015
3. On each end of the awning location, set the template on the roof and mark the position of the rear edge
and the mounting hole locations. Connect the marks; these will be the installation guidelines.
For vehicles with tapered sides: Use the template and mark the locations in the center of the awning. Adjust
the outer marks to align with the center marks. The brackets must be straight to properly mount the awning.
4. In the interior, there must be structural framing beneath the locations of the both the front and rear
mounting hole locations. If there is none, the installer must furnish structural framing in these areas.
5. Mounting Hardware: The installer must furnish the mounting hardware to match the type of structural
framing that is used. Hardware suggestions are provided below:
 For open aluminum supports:
M6 or 1/4"-20 screws, washers and nylock nuts (i.e. open channel).
 For closed aluminum supports: M6 or 1/4" self drilling or self
tapping screws & washers (i.e. box or tube channel).
 For wood supports:
1/4" lag screws & washers.
6. Remove the release paper from the bracket pads. Attach the
pads to the bottom of the front and rear edges of the brackets.
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Edge of Back Plate
.5" [1.25cm]
5.5" [14cm]
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Edge of Back Plate
3.0m or Less
3.5m & 4m
.5" [1.25cm]
5.5" [14cm]
Awning Length
Edge of Back Plate
Edge of Back Plate
52" [132cm]
.5" [1.25cm]
4.5m
52" [132cm]
.5" [1.25cm]
61" [155cm]
5.5" [14cm]
5.0m
61" [155cm]
5.5" [14cm]
Awning Length
Drill Holes thru Bracket,
Roof & Support Frame
(2 plcs in Front, 2 plcs in Rear of Bracket)
Refer to Text for
Suggested Hardware
(4 per bracket)
Support Framing
RMF037
CAUTION For proper operation of the awning, the brackets must be placed under the arm
knuckles. If it is necessary to position the brackets differently than above, use the knuckle
positions given on page 2.
7. Position the brackets on the roof.
7.1. The brackets must straddle the frame supports. Reference the marks made previously.
7.2. Make sure that the outer edges of the brackets are within the dimension range shown for the end of
the awning. Adjust the bracket and awning position as necessary.
8. Drill holes through the brackets, roof and frame as required for the mounting hardware. Secure the
brackets with the installer furnished hardware.
9. Go to "Mounting the Awning".
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2"-2.5" [5cm - 6.5cm]
MOUNTING THE AWNING
1. For Motorized Awnings: The motor wire comes out of the
motor endcap under the awning. Use the dimensions shown to
locate and drill an 5/16" [8mm] hole into the vehicle.
5/16" [8mm] Hole
thru Roof
NOTE: Locate the hole to avoid interior framing, cabinets and
electrical components that could be damaged or
interfere with the hole location.
Motorized Only
Ensure that the motor wires are accessible after
routing. There is 70" [180cm] of wire furnished with
the motor. If the final routing to the switch location is
greater than 180cm, the installer must splice
additional 18awg wire to the motor wires. Wire and
splices are furnished by the installer.
2. In the rear track of each mounting plate, start two (2) M6 x 20
screws and square nuts through the holes in the back of the
mounting plate. Do not tighten at this time.
M6 x 20 Screw
& Square Nut
(2 per bracket)
Awning Frame
Torque Screw
to 10 ft-lbs
[13.6 nm]
Mounting Bracket
3. Lift and set the awning into the hooks of the mounting
brackets. Pull the case forward to engage the brackets fully.
RMF016
4. Horizontally position the awning on the brackets. Align the
inside edge of the RH Endcap with the rear corner of the front
door.
5. Tighten the rear screws. Torque to 10 ft-lbs [13.6 nm].
MOUNT BOTTOM BRACKETS
The patio awning is equipped with vertical supports. These supports extend from the leading edge of the
awning to a bracket mounted on the wall or may be used in a carport position on the ground.
1. Determine the location of the wall brackets:
1.1. Open the awning enough to see the support legs in the leading edge.
1.2. On the coach wall mark the location of the pivot point of the legs.
1.3. From the bottom of the awning, measure down vertically 94-127 cm [37"-50"] and mark the location
of the brackets.
Ø 5/32" [4mm] Pilot Hole
Support Legs (ref)
Bottom Bracket
#10 x 3/4"
Flat Head Screws
Leg Pivot
94 - 127 cm [37”-50”]
Pivot
Pivot
Scratch Guard
(used w/ Black Bracket Only)
RMF004
2. Center the brackets on the location marks, then using the bracket as a template, drill two (2) 5/32"
[4mm] pilot holes. Attach the plate with two (2) #10 x 3/4" flat head screws. For black hardware, a
scratch guard is included. The guard mounts between the bracket and wall as shown.
This completes the installation of the manual awning. For motorized awnings go to "Switch Installation" on
page 9.
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MANUAL CRANK HANDLE STORAGE CLIPS
Two clips are provided to store the manual crank handle. These may be mounted horizontally or vertically.
#8 x 1 1/4" Screw
Handle Clip
CH001
The clips are designed so that one side has a smaller diameter to fit the smaller tube of the handle. The
other side has a larger diameter to fit the larger tube of the handle. The clips can be arranged as shown or
the clips can be oriented so both attach to the larger tube (i.e. if the handle is fully collapsed for storage).
1. Snap the clips on to the crank handle.
2. Position the handle in the desired location and mark the locations of the clips.
3. Remove the clips from the crank handle and mount at the marks made previously. Use the #8 x 1 1/4”
screws provided.
NOTE: The screws will go through the mounting surface approximately 1/2”; if the mounting surface
material is thinner than 1/2” the screws will protrude through the opposite side.
This completes the installation of the manual awning.
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SWITCH INSTALLATION (MOTORIZED AWNINGS ONLY)
CAUTION Always disconnect the vehicle battery before working with the electrical wiring.
1.
Determine the location for the switch.
 There is approximately 70" [180cm] of wire from the awning motor. If the distance to the switch exceeds
the furnished wire, the installer must furnish 18 awg wire and butt splice to the motor wires.
 Location should provide the operator a view of the awning during operation.
 The switch requires a 1 7/8" x 2 7/8" [4.8cm x 7.3cm] area on the mounting surface and a minimum
clearance depth of 3.2cm [1.25"] from the mounting surface.
1. At the switch location, cut a rectangular hole 1.25” [3.2cm] x 1.88” [4.8cm] through the mounting surface.
1.25
[ 3 . 2 c m”
]
#6 x 3/4 Screw
(2 plcs)
1.88
2.88
[ 7 . 3 c m”
(ref) ]
[ 4 . 8 c m”
]
1.25” [3.2cm] Min. Clearance
From Mounting Face to
Rear of Switch Connector
1.88”
[4.8
(ref) cm]
Left Side Orientaion
SK002a
SK002d
2. Determine the switch orientation:
2.1. The wires of the connector extend from the side of the switch with 3 terminals on the back.
2.2. For wire routing on the right side of the switch as shown in Details A and B, orient the switch with
the 3 terminals on the right.
2.3. For wire routing on the left side of the switch as shown in Detail C, orient the switch with the 3
terminals on the left.
2.4. Push the switch into the faceplate until the tabs on the switch “click” into place behind the
faceplate. Ensure that the switch and faceplate are oriented so that the lettering is up and the
wires are oriented as desired.
2.5. Set switch aside.
3. Route the awning motor wires through the switch hole and attach to the switch connector:
To +12VDC
BLACK
RED
BROWN Motor Wire
WHITE
BLUE Motor Wire
BLUE
BLUE
WHITE
RED→
WHITE→
BLUE→
BLACK→
BLUE Motor Wire
RED
BLACK
CONNECTOR
WIRE COLOR
To Ground
BROWN Motor Wire
To +12VDC
To Ground
SK003e
SK003f
LH CONNECTOR ORIENTATION
RH CONNECTOR ORIENTATION
+12VDC
BROWN
BLUE
Ground
+12VDC
BLUE
BROWN
Ground
(motor wire)
(motor wire)
(motor wire)
(motor wire)
5. Run a minimum 14 awg wire from the power distribution panel (auxiliary battery circuit) or equivalent.
The circuit should be protected by a 15-amp fuse.
6. Run a minimum 14 awg wire to system ground.
NOTE: If the wire run is 30 feet or longer, use 12awg wire to prevent voltage drop.
4. Route the two wires through the mounting hole. Butt splice the 12VDC wire to the RED connector wire.
Butt splice the ground wire to the BLACK connector wire.
5. Attach the connector to the switch.
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6. Restore power and test the switch operation.
7. If the awning operates opposite to the switch plate markings: Shut off power; Reverse motor wires
connected to the blue and white connector wires; then,Restore power and test.
8. Push the wires, connector and switch into the mounting hole and secure the switch plate. Use two (2)
#6 x 3/4" flat head screws.
OPTIONAL LED LIGHTING
Optional LED lighting may be mounted in the lead rail. The wiring runs along the top of the arm.
For motorized awnings: Route the LED wire harness with the motor cable.
For manual crank awnings: The harness through the end of the case. Drill a 3/16" hole into the vehicle
wall as shown on page 7.
CAUTIONS:
The wire should be secured to the wall of the vehicle where it is exposed on the outside of the vehicle. Use a
quality silicone sealant/adhesive.
Do not route the wire over sharp edges or heat sources that can cut or fray the wires or wire insulation.
Damage that is a result of improper routing may void warranty.
SWITCH INSTALLATION
NOTE: Installers may choose to furnish the control switch. The installation requires that the power line
(+12VDC) be attached to a dedicated 2A circuit breaker or a 2A in-line fuse must be installed
between the switch and power source. For easy access, locate the fuse close to the switch.
1. Determine the location of the switch.
3. Wire the switch as shown below. Wire
terminals at the switch are .187, 18-24
awg female disconnects.
NOTE: Allow adequate slack in the
12VDC power line so that the in-line fuse
(installed in step 4) can be accessed from
behind the switch.
4. Install the in-line fuse:
4.1. Near the switch, cut the red
12VDC power line to the switch.
Do not strip the insulation.
4.2. Insert a wire end into one of the
wire channels until it butts up
against the stop.
4.3. Fold that half of the connector
body over until the element
contacts the wire. Use pliers to
crimp the connector closed.
4.4. Repeat for the second wire end.
4.5. Slide the fuse into the fuse port.
Ensure that is firmly seated.
5. Press the in-line fuse, wires and switch
into the mounting hole. Secure the
switch using two (2) #6 x 1/2" screws.
6. Snap the switch bezel over the switch
frame.
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2A In-line Fuse
(+12VDC Line)
#6 x 1/2” Screw (x2)
ON
1.5"
2.9"
OFF
1.88"
+12VDC
2A In-line Fuse
18-24awg
Female Disconnect (x2)
Red
18awg Wire
(minimum)
Single Pole
Single Throw Switch
GND
Vehicle Wall
Red
Black
2. At the switch location, cut a 1 1/8" x 1
1/2" hole.
LED Strip in Lead Rail
Connector at
Lead Rail
Wire Routed
in Arm
LED002c
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FREEDOM RM PATIO AWNING
SETTING THE MOTOR LIMITS
The motor limit switches are preset at the factory for best operation of the awning. It may be necessary to
reset the switches. The “OUT” limit switch is used to stop the motor when the awning is fully extended. The
“IN” limit switch is used to stop the motor when the awning is fully retracted.
The limit switches are located inside the
motor endcap. To access the switches:
 For 4 meter and shorter, remove the
plugs from the back of the motor
endcap and use a 4mm Hex wrench
through the holes.
 For 4.5 and 5 meter, remove the top
plug for the "IN" switch; the "OUT"
switch is accessed through the front
of the case with the awning open.
Adjusting the OUT Limit Switch
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
“OUT”
4mm Hex
“IN”
4mm Hex
4 Meter and Shorter
Extend the awning out completely.
“IN”
Confirm that the arms are fully
extended. The motor should stop and
the fabric should be tight. If the motor
continues to run, the fabric will sag; or, 4mm Hex
if the motor quits before the arms are
extended, it will be necessary to adjust
“OUT”
the “OUT” limit switch.
Using a 4mm Allen wrench turn the
“OUT” limit switch.
CLOCKWISE
increases time the motor runs during
4mm Hex
extension,
COUNTERCLOCKWISE
4.5 and 5 Meter
RMF020a
reduces the time the motor runs.
NOTE: It is best to make the adjustments in increments of a single turn. 3 full turns of the
screw equals approximately 2” of fabric extension.
Extend and retract the awning several times to confirm that the adjustment is correct.
Repeat steps 3 and 4 as required until the awning extends correctly.
Adjusting the IN Limit Switch
1. Retract the awning in completely.
2. Confirm that the arms are fully retracted. The motor should stop when the awning is fully retracted. If
the motor quits before the arms are fully retracted, it will be necessary to adjust the “IN” limit switch.
3. Using a 4mm Allen wrench turn the “IN” limit switch. Clockwise increase time the motor runs during
retraction, counter clockwise reduces the time the motor runs.
NOTE: It is best to make the adjustments in increments of a single turn. 3 full turns of the
screw equals approximately 2” of fabric extension.
4. Extend and retract the awning several times to confirm that the adjustment is correct.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 as required until the awning retracts correctly.
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Installation Manual
Carefree of Colorado
FREEDOM RM PATIO AWNING
BRACKET POSITION TEMPLATE
2.75”
.75”
.75”
Clearance
Clearance
Clearance
Screw Location
2.88”
Clearance
Screw Location
Use this template when mounting brackets without a Sprinter rail.
RMF012
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