Which RV Awning Travel Lock
Fits My Awning?
RV Awning Makes and Models
There are two major manufacturers of awnings used on RVs:
- Carefree of Colorado (Carefree) and
- Dometic A&E (A&E).
Each manufacturer offers two basic types of RV awnings:
- manually operated and
- "automatic" or power operated.
Even though there are only these four basic types, it can still get a bit confusing, mainly because neither manufacturer clearly or easily identifies the model number for the customer. They do put a "nameplate" which includes the model number on the surface of the roller tube, usually several inches in from the forward end of the roller tube. You'll have to extend the awning completely to see it. Even then, you might have to do some interpretation, as I know that some manufacturers use the same roller assembly with both power and manual awnings. I don't know whether or not the model number on the nameplate accurately reflects the actual use on a specific RV.
The information which follows is designed to make it easy for you to determine which model awning you have. Once that is known, it's easy to determine which model RV Awning Travel Lock is required to protect your awning from unfurling while en route and give you peace of mind.
A&E or Dometic Manually-Operated RV Awnings (Patio Awnings)
This is the Model 8500. It's probably the most common awning on RVs, at least those older than a year or two. (Recently, many RVs come with electrically-operated awnings.) The Model 9000 is mechanically the same, but has an aluminum sheath which covers the fabric when rolled up.
This picture shows the "old," conventional, arms. Models with these arms use the Model A RV Awning Travel Lock.
Beginning in 2009, customers started ordering locks for A&E 8500/9000 awnings which have what A&E calls "Universal Plus" arms. These arms are of cast or extruded aluminum and are "U" shaped. These arms are picutured below, with the Sunchaser. If you have these arms, Model A is still the correct RV Awning Travel Lock.
For clarification, please see note below.
The A&E Sunchaser was fairly easy to identify because of its U-shaped support arms. But now similar arms are supplied on A&E 8500/9000 awnings. The left picture shows the top of the left arm. Because it is much easier to identify it in the picture to the right, I've included that, too. It shows the lower end of the left support arm. Actually, this is a picture of a Universal Plus arm with the rain dump feature, a feature which is supplied only on the 8500/9000.
It's not always easy to tell the difference between an 8500/9000 and a Sunchaser. Here's the key to selecting the proper RV Awning Travel Lock: If the rafter (that's the member which attaches to your coach at the top; the arm attaches at the bottom) is rectangular in cross section, order a Model A. (The Model A attaches to the bottom surface of the rafter.)
If the rafter is "U" shaped, order a Model B with TSWP adapter and a spacer. The "U" shaped rafter has no lower, or bottom, surface, so the RV Awning Travel Lock must be mounted to the arm. That requires a Model B.
The A&E OneStep (left) was made for a short period some years ago. You might have one!
It was replaced by the A&E TwoStep. I don't have a picture of the TwoStep but I believe it is the same physically as the Dometic 9100 Power Awning, shown below.
Both the OneStep and the TwoStep use a Model B with TSWP Adapter RV Awning Travel Lock. However, the TwoStep also requires the Spacer.
Carefree Manually-Operated Awnings
Here's a Carefree manually-operated awning. Some are labeled "Fiesta" on the support arm, some are not. I don't know that there is any mechanical difference.
The Model A RV Awning Travel Lock fits all except one Carefree manually-operated awnings. It does not fit the Carefree Pioneer Manual Crank Awning. In fact, Carefree says it will not unfurl!
Carefree Power Awning
Travel'r is a new model from Carefree; here's a picture of it. Many new Montanas come with this awning installed.
Carefree's website for this model states, ", , , , , you can rest assured the awning won't billow while your(sic) traveling."
There is not an RV Awning Travel Lock designed to fit this model or any model of electrically-operated Carefree awning.
A&E or Dometic Power Awnings
The A&E WeatherPro Power Awning, right, has been manufactured for a few years. It has been installed on many RVs, particularly motorhomes.
The RV Awning Travel Lock Model B with Adapter TSWP is the proper lock for this awning.
Note: RV Awning Travel Locks are supplied in white only. The one shown installed here has been painted by the customer to complement the colors of the WeatherPro awning and the coach itself. This photo supplied by customer Clay F. Thank you, Clay!
Dometic (formerly A&E) also offers a more affordable electrically operated awning, originally called simply A&E Power Awning. Now they call it the Dometic 9100 Power Awning. There's a picture of it at the left. The picture at the right shows the lower end of the support arm.
The Model B RV Awning Travel Lock w/TSWP Adapter fits this model. However, an additional spacer is required for proper positioning of the lock relative to the roller. This spacer will come with your lock only if you tell me that the RV Awning Travel Lock required is a Model B w/TSWP Adapter + Spacer.
Customer Jack Graves supplied the picture of the Dometic 9100 Power Awning and are used here with his permission.
Summary showing which model of RV Awning Travel Lock to order
|For This Awning:||Order This Lock:|
|A&E WeatherPro Power Awning||Model B w/Adapter TSWP|
|A&E 9100 Power Awning||Model B w/Adapter TSWP + Spacer|
|A&E One Step||Model B w/Adapter TSWP|
|A&E Two Step||Model B w/Adapter TSWP + Spacer|
|A&E 8500, 9000|
|A&E 8500, 9000|
w/"U" shaped arms
w/"U" shaped arms
|Model B w/Adapter TSWP + Spacer|
|Carefree manual except Pioneer||Model A|
Manual Crank Awning
|Not Available (Not required)|
|Carefree power||Not Available|
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