MANUAL PATIO AWNING

MANUAL PATIO AWNING
OWNER'S MANUAL
MANUAL PATIO AWNING
RV
SPIRITFX, FIESTA
AND
SIMPLICITY
Table of Contents
Introduction ........................................................................................................... 2
Operation ............................................................................................................... 3
Opening the Awning ...................................................................................... 3
Adjusting the Pitch............................................................................... 4
Rain Release Setting........................................................................... 4
Setting the Arms in the Carport Position.............................................. 5
Closing the Awning........................................................................................ 6
Using the Standard Options .......................................................................... 7
Tie-Downs ........................................................................................... 7
Thin-Lite .............................................................................................. 7
Awning Care .......................................................................................................... 8
Fabric Care.................................................................................................... 8
Mildew ................................................................................................. 8
Pooling ................................................................................................ 8
Arm Care ....................................................................................................... 8
Carefree Major Product Limited Warranty........................................................... 9
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INTRODUCTION
From it's beginning in the early 70's, Carefree of Colorado has emerged as the
premier manufacturer of quality awnings and accessories for Recreational
Vehicles (RVs). Our full line of products can provide the accessories that match
your life style; no matter what type of RV you own. Check with your dealer to
discover the products that can make your life more Carefree.
The Carefree line of traditional rollup awnings provides the RV owner with
choices of multiple fabrics and options while having some of the strongest and
long lasting hardware in the industry. Three models are available;
Simplicity - Basic awning with adjustable arm supports. The adjustable arms
allow the user to adjust the pitch of the awning and can be placed in the carport
position when desired.
Fiesta – Builds on the basic Simplicity by adding refined features including a
remote lock, storage travel locks and canopy clamps to help tension the fabric.
Additional fabrics with Weatherguard or Alumaguard are available.
Spirit FX – The premier of Carefree's traditional awnings, the Spirit adds
additional deluxe features to the popular Fiesta. The roll bar has a utility slot for
tie-down straps, Thin-Lites and hangers.
WARNING
AWNINGS ARE DESIGNED TO PROVIDE SHADE AND PROTECTION FROM THE SUN. THE
EFFECTS OF WIND AND RAIN ON AN AWNING ARE UNPREDICTABLE AND CAN CAUSE
SEVERE DAMAGE TO THE AWNING AND/OR THE VEHICLE. IF WIND OR EXTENDED PERIODS
OF RAIN ARE EXPECTED, ROLL UP THE AWNING AND SECURE.
WARNING
KEEP ALL SOURCES OF HEAT AND FLAME AWAY FROM THE AWNING CANOPY. FABRIC IS
NOT FIRE-PROOF AND CAN BURN IF LEFT IN CONTACT WITH ANY FLAME OR HEAT SOURCE.
CAUTION
IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT IF LEAVING THE RV UNATTENDED FOR A LENGTH OF TIME,
RETRACT THE AWNING TO AVOID UNEXPECTED CLIMATE CONDITIONS.
These instructions apply to all models listed. Details and procedures
unique to a specific model are labeled appropriately. For options, refer to
the instructions included with the option.
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OPERATION
Operation of the Carefree Manual Patio Awnings is simple and straight forward.
Please observe the safety notes and cautions for best results. Some options
described may not be available for all models.
OPENING THE AWNING
CAUTION
ALWAYS USE THE PULL STRAP TO EXTEND OR RETRACT THE AWNING. DO NOT OPEN OR CLOSE
THE AWNING BY HOLDING ONTO THE ARMS. SERIOUS INJURY COULD OCCUR IF HANDS OR
FINGERS ARE PINCHED BETWEEN THE ARM AND BRACE.
Close
Storage
Lock
Brake Lever
Latch
Tab
Open
Open
Position
Simplicity
1.
Remote Lock
Closed (Travel)
Position
Spirit & Fiesta
SF001
Release the arm travel lock:
•
For Simplicity: Unsnap the ARM STRAP from around both arms.
•
For Spirit and Fiesta: Press up the latch tab then lift the
up. Repeat for the second arm.
ARM TRAVEL
LOCK
2.
Unlock the roll bar:
•
For Simplicity: Using the pull wand, hook and pull the BRAKE LEVER down to
the open position. This is located on the right end of the roll bar.
•
For Spirit and Fiesta: Press the REMOTE LOCK up until it stops. This is
located on the right arm, behind the arm travel lock.
3.
Loosen the black lock knob on the upper brace of both arms.
4.
Using the PULL STRAP, pull the awning out.
5.
Push the braces up to the top of the arm. The brace sliders have a small
spring catch that latches into the roll bar end plug when the brace is fully
lifted to the top of the arm.
CAUTION
ALWAYS USE THE SUPPORT BRACES TO HOLD THE AWNING OUT IN THE EXTENDED
POSITION. FAILURE TO USE THE SUPPORT BRACES MAY RESULT IN THE AWNING
INADVERTENTLY ROLLING BACK UP TO THE TRAVEL POSITION POSSIBLY CAUSING INJURY
OR DAMAGE TO THE AWNING OR THE RV.
PERSONAL INJURY OR DAMAGE MAY OCCUR THAT WILL NOT BE COVERED BY WARRANTY.
6. While pressing outward on the roll bar to tension the fabric, tighten the black
lock knob on the brace. Repeat for the other side.
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Upper Brace
Spring Latch
Arm Latch
Upper Brace
Stop Bolt
Canopy Clamp
Black Locking
Knob
Opening the Awning
Adjusting the Pitch
SF009a
7.
For Awnings w/ Canopy Clamps:
•
Loosen the clamp knob until the shaft
portion clears the brace.
•
Swivel the clamp toward the canopy and
set the clamp jaws around the fabric.
•
Tighten the knob. Use caution to not over
tighten the knobs; this will actually cause
the clamp to loosen and release the fabric.
ADJUSTING THE PITCH
1.
Open the arm lever.
2.
Slide the upper arm channel out until the desired pitch is achieved.
3.
Close the arm lever. It may be necessary to move the arm up and down
slightly for the lock pin to snap into a position hole.
4.
Repeat for other side.
RAIN RELEASE SETTING
The effects of wind and rain on an awning are unpredictable. Severe damage to
the awning and/or the vehicle may result. IF WIND OR EXTENDED PERIODS OF RAIN ARE
EXPECTED, ROLL UP THE AWNING AND SECURE FOR TRAVEL.
If the awning is extended during rain,
position one arm at minimum pitch
and the other arm at maximum pitch.
This will provide slope to allow the
water to run off and prevent pooling.
SF016
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SETTING THE ARMS IN THE CARPORT POSITION
When it is desirable to have an open walkway from the side of the awning, the
arms can be set in the carport position. In this position, the arms are set
perpendicular to the ground surface.
Arm Latch
Normal
Position
Carport
Position
Spring Loaded
Lever
Carport
Foot
SF010a
1.
Open the awning.
2.
After the braces have been locked into position and the black knobs are
tightened, push the brake lever to the close position.
3.
While supporting the arm and roll bar, release the carport foot from the
bottom support bracket. The latch is spring loaded. While holding the latch
open, slide the arm from the bracket.
4.
Set the arm perpendicular to the ground.
5.
Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the other arm.
6.
Set the brake lever to the open position.
7.
To secure the arms, stake the carport feet to the ground.
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CLOSING THE AWNING
CAUTION
ONCE THE AWNING ROLLER LOCK IS PLACED IN THE ROLL IN OR CLOSE POSITION THE
AWNING IS UNDER FULL SPRING TENSION. IF NOT FIRMLY HELD, THE AWNING WILL
ABRUPTLY ROLL UP TO THE STORED POSITION POSSIBLY CAUSING PERSONAL INJURY OR
DAMAGE TO BOTH THE AWNING AND THE RV.
1.
Disconnect, remove and/or store any optional equipment that is used (i.e. rafters,
hangers etc.) Follow the storage directions furnished with the particular option(s).
2.
If the awning has been placed in the carport configuration:
•
Remove the stakes holding the carport foot.
•
Set the brake lever to the close position.
•
Swivel the arm back and lock the carport feet into the bottom mounting
bracket.
•
Set the brake lever to the open position.
•
Repeat for the second arm.
3.
Return the arm length to the storage length:
•
Open the arm lever and slide the upper arm channel down to the stop
bolt.
•
Close the arm lever. It may be necessary to move the arm up and down
slightly for the lock pin to snap into the position hole.
•
Repeat for the second arm.
4.
Loosen the black lock knob for the brace.
5.
Disengage the spring latch for the brace (located on the top of the roll bar
end plug) and slide the brace down the arm. It may be necessary to press
out on the roll bar to ease the tension. Repeat for the second arm.
6.
Firmly grasp the pull strap and set the brake lever to “CLOSE”. For all
models: The brake lever is accessible by hand when the awning is extended.
Tip: The pull strap can slide along the roll bar. Move the strap toward to the
right end of the roll bar to easily hold the strap and operate the brake lever.
•
For Simplicity: Push the BRAKE LEVER up to the
located on the right end of the roll bar.
•
For Spirit and Fiesta: Press the BRAKE LEVER down until it stops. This is
located on the right end of the roll bar, the remote lock is attached to the lever.
CLOSE
position. This is
7.
Allow the awning to roll up slowly until it is completely closed.
8.
Secure the arms:
•
For Simplicity: Snap the ARM STRAP around both arms.
•
9.
For Spirit and Fiesta: Press the ARM TRAVEL
tab clicks. Repeat for the second arm.
Tighten the black lock knob on the braces.
The awning is now ready for travel and storage.
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LOCK
down until the latch
MANUAL PATIO AWNING
USING THE STANDARD OPTIONS
THESE STANDARD OPTIONS ARE PROVIDED WITH THE SPIRITFX UTILITY ROLL BAR.
TIE-DOWNS
1.
Remove the plastic containing tube from the utility slot roll then remove the
tie down strap and spring from the tube.
2. Place the tube back into the slot for storage. Push tube straight in. (This will cause
the plastic to collapse slightly then “pop” into the slot.)
3. Slide the strap to the end of the roller tube and next to the end cap.
4. Wrap the strap over the top of the tube between the end cap and fabric.
5. Pull the strap out away from the awning.
6. Attach a corkscrew anchor to the end of the shock spring.
7. Pull the strap tight to determine the location of the anchor.
8. Install the anchor into the ground. The head of the anchor should be tilted
away from the awning.
9. After screwing the anchor into the ground, cinch the strap tight.
10. Reverse the procedure for storage.
THIN-LITE
The Thin-Lite is stored in the utility slot of the Spirit FX roll bar.
Foam Plug
Coiled
Power Cord
Light
Foam Plug
12VDC Power
Receptacle
Plug Storage
Hole
Plug From Light
DETAIL A
DETAIL B
ThinLite004a
1. Extend the awning out completely.
2. Remove the power cord from the utility slot.
3. Slide the light to the desired location along the roll bar.
4. Use the foam plugs to hold the light in position.
5. (Detail A) Connect the cord to the receptacle.
NOTE: During times when the light is not needed but the awning remains
extended (such as during the day), the cord can be unplugged to shut off the
light and the plug stored in the storage hole of the receptacle bracket (Detail B).
6. Before rolling the awning up, coil the cord into the utility slot. Push the cord plug
into the foam plug then push the plug toward the light to hold the cord in place.
CAUTION
TO PREVENT DAMAGE TO THE CANOPY, THE CORD MUST BE STORED IN THE SLOT
BEFORE THE AWNING IS RETRACTED!
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AWNING CARE
Maintaining a Carefree Awning is easy. Just follow these basic steps:
•
Always operate the awning according to the instructions.
•
Periodically check that the fasteners are tight. Tighten if necessary.
•
Keep the awning fabric and arms clean.
FABRIC CARE
CAUTION
DO NOT USE OIL BASED CLEANERS OR ANY CAUSTIC, GRANULATED, OR ABRASIVE TYPE
CLEANERS ON YOUR CAREFREE PRODUCT.
1. One of the best ways to keep the fabric looking good and to delay the need
for deep or vigorous cleanings is to hose fabrics off on a monthly basis with
clear water. This practice will help prevent dirt from becoming deeply
imbedded in the fabric. In most environments, a thorough cleaning will be
needed every two to three years.
2. When it’s time for a thorough cleaning, the fabric can be cleaned while still
on the awning frame.
•
For Vinyl Fabric – Use a soft brush and warm water with soap.
•
For Acrylic Fabric – Use a stiff brush and warm water with soap.
3. When cleaning the fabric, it is important to observe the following:
•
Always use a natural soap, never detergent.
•
Water should be cold to lukewarm, never more than 100°F.
•
Air-dry only. Never apply heat to the fabric.
•
Always allow the fabric to dry thoroughly before rolling up the awning.
MILDEW
Mildew is a fungus growth that looks like dirt. Vinyl coated polyester fabrics are
mildew resistant because of a chemical biocide in the vinyl coating. Under
ordinary conditions, mildew will not appear. However, in areas where high
temperature and humidity are common, mildew can be a problem and required
the material to be washed more frequently. Thoroughly rinse the fabric with
clean water and allow to air dry completely before rolling up the awning.
POOLING
When water collects on the top of the fabric, this is known as "pooling". This can occur
during inclement weather or if a running air conditioner discharges over the awning.
The water is dumped when the awning is retracted. It is recommended that if water
accumulates on the top; retract the awning in steps (8"-12") to dump the water. This will
help prevent the fabric from stretching or distorting.
ARM CARE
The best method of keeping the arms and braces operating smoothly is to clean
them. Dirt and debris can cause the channels not to slide easily.
Periodically wash out the channels with running water (i.e. a hose) to keep them
clean. If the channels still do not slide easily, lightly spray the inside of the
channels with a dry silicone lubricant, after the arms have been cleaned and
dried thoroughly.
Locking knobs should be periodically loosened and removed then sprayed with a
dry lubricant to prevent binding and locking.
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CAREFREE MAJOR PRODUCT LIMITED WARRANTY
Carefree of Colorado (hereafter referred to as Carefree) warrants to the first retail
Purchaser that the Carefree Product is free of defects in material and
workmanship within the terms and conditions as set forth in the warranty
statement available online at www.carefreeofcolorado.com. Carefree’s obligation
under this warranty is limited to the repair or replacement, at Carefree’s option, of
any defective component with new or factory refurbished components.
OWNER MUST RETAIN THE ORIGINAL PROOF OF PURCHASE AND/OR HAVE THE PRODUCT
WARRANTY REGISTRATION ON FILE AT CAREFREE FOR WARRANTY CLAIMS.
THIS WARRANTY IS NOT TRANSFERABLE.
For - Warranty Duration;
- Warranty Coverage and Exclusions;
- Warranty Terms of Coverage; and,
- Warranty Claim Procedures
Refer to publication
052580-111 "Carefree Major Product Limited Warranty"
available online at www.carefreeofcolorado.com
Register your Carefree products on-line at www.carefreeofcolorado.com
Publications available on-line @ www.carefreeofcolorado.com
052876-005
Patio Awning Installation Manual
052876-201
Patio Awning Owner's Manual
052876-301
Patio Awning Service Manual
Awning Accessory Manuals:
052787-003
Thin–Lite Installation & Operation Manual
052806-003
Automatic Awning Support
052807-004
Rafter VI Installation & Operation Manual
052959-001
Rafter VII Installation & Operation Manual
IMPORTANT NOTICE: It is strongly recommended that adjustments and repairs not described
in this book be performed by trained technicians at your Authorized Carefree Dealer. Work
performed by non-authorized persons or businesses may void warranty.
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Carefree of Colorado
a Scott Fetzer company
052876-201r1
th
2145 W. 6 Avenue Broomfield, CO 80020
www.carefreeofcolorado.com
Printed in USA
January, 2009
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