Girard Awnings Again
Our little saga with the Girard awnings continues.
I’ll share with you one issue that we had to resolve and it led me to conclude that the random deployment issue may not be a grounding or wiring issue. Working on this issue highlighted an interesting finding. The Girard awnings are controlled by RF, specifically 433.92 MHz. This is a very common band used widely and subject to interference. You can read all about this regulated band at the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations.
Could the random deployment issue be due to RF interference?
On then, to one of our issues with our Girard awnings — I’ll save issue two for tomorrow.
Pictured above is the only way we have to control our awnings right now. I had never used this remote before the random deployment of the Girard awning.
There is a second controller located in one of our cabinets. That is the one we always used only now it doesn’t work. The only way we are able to control the awnings is with the small handheld remote.
At first I thought that the wall switch was hard-wired to the motor control module in the basement of our coach and that the dealer had not reconnected the wiring to the wall switch.
Not the case. We have a 5-channel wall switch, model 98GC661B. It operates on RF and it needs to be paired with the motor control modules. We have two motor control modules, one for each awning. And they are both the same model: GC274B.
I guess the dealer forgot to pair the wall switch to the motor control modules.
Girard was kind enough to help me understand that for our motor control module each step in the following process must be executed within 10 seconds of the previous one or the module will revert to factory settings.
It makes the process a two-person job. One inside the coach at the wall switch with a walkie-talkie or some other form of communication device and the other at the bay with the motor control modules.
First things first.
Ensure that the motor control modules are plugged into the 110v outlets and that there is power to the modules. For some strange reason, red lights indicate that the unit is powered and operational.
Remove the lids of the motor control modules pressing the lid release tabs on the top and bottom.
Press the program button on the motor control module. The green LED should start blinking.
Press the stop button on the motor control module. It is the centre button on the top of the unit. The green LED should now be solid.
Ask your helper to selected the desired channel on the wall switch. This is done by pressing the “CH” key until the desired single channel is highlighted. The wall switch LED is not all that easy to read and it is important to find a single channel as there will be an all-channel option at some point when pressing the “CH” button repeatedly.
Ask your helper to press the “IN” button on the wall switch. The green LED on the motor control module should turn off.
At this point, pairing should be complete. Press the OUT, STOP and IN buttons alternately on the wall switch to confirm pairing.
Repeat the process for the second motor control module and use a different single channel as that will allow for independent control of the two awnings. The wall switch does allow an all-channel mode to group the two awnings.
What else is amiss with our awnings?
More on our ongoing saga with Girard awnings tomorrow.
See your wiring coming out of the control boxes? Separate the AC from the DC. Only cross at 90 degree angles. See if that makes a difference. It fixed mine. Also separate the ignition sensing wires. They look like they are running parallel to the AC lines.
The cable management at the motor control modules could definitely be a source of interference. I will give your suggestion a try and see if it makes a difference. Thank you!
Awnings will not retract with high winds, they work fine with the remote or the wired in control
I suggest you reach out to Girard and search the iRV2 forums. Lots of threads about the issue with Girard awnings and wind sensors like this one. From everything that I have read, and from talking with other RVers, very few trust the wind sensor even when it works properly. Not the best design.
I’m looking for the remote control holder. Ours broke so we are in need of a new one. Anyone know where we can just buy the little holder?