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Solera Smart Arm 12V Power RV Awning - 16' Wide - Programmable - Black Fade

Solera Smart Arm 12V Power RV Awning - 16' Wide - Programmable - Black Fade

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Is this right for you? Product Expert Mike S says:

Yes, if you:

  • Don’t want to have to go inside your RV to operate your awning
  • Would like an awning that can retract automatically during high winds (wind sensor sold separately)
  • Want to be able to easily add motion-detected lights (sold separately) to your setup for added security

No, if you:

  • Don’t want the hassle of wiring into your RV or paying someone to do it
  • Are not looking or an awning with all the add-on bells and whistles
  • Don’t like the idea of having to buy the add-ons separately
This programmable awning attaches to your RV and extends and retracts with the push of a button. Smart Arm touchpad is easily accessible. Add-on wind and infrared sensors (sold separately) provide added convenience and security. Lowest Prices for the best rv awnings from Lippert. Solera Smart Arm 12V Power RV Awning - 16' Wide - Programmable - Black Fade part number LC517486 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-1624 for expert service.
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Lippert RV Awnings

  • Complete Awning Kits
  • 16 Feet Wide
  • Black Fade
  • Powered
  • Extends 96 Inches
  • Lippert

This programmable awning attaches to your RV and extends and retracts with the push of a button. Smart Arm touchpad is easily accessible. Add-on wind and infrared sensors (sold separately) provide added convenience and security.


  • Smart Arm awning provides shade and protection from the sun and rain
  • Powered awning extends and retracts with the push of a button
    • Waterproof touchpad is located at base of awning arm for easy access
    • Traditional control switch that mounts inside your RV is also included
    • Manual override lets you operate the awning with a power drill (not included), if needed
  • Simple angle adjustment keeps you shaded from the sun at different times of day
    • Manually move arms to adjust awning pitch for perfect shade
  • Auto rain dump feature releases water when it pools in the canopy
    • Awning arms automatically drop to release the pooled water and then return to their original position
  • Add-on features provide intelligent, automatic operation and programmable options
    • Wind sensor (sold separately) automatically retracts awning during high winds to prevent damage
    • LED light kit (sold separately) allows for 3 different settings to control brightness
    • Infrared security sensor (sold separately) offers added security by turning on awning lights when motion or heat is detected
  • Durable fabric is made with premium 13.5-oz vinyl
    • Cold-crack protection to -25 degrees Fahrenheit ensures fabric won't crack in cold temperatures
    • Integrated light track accepts LED light kit (sold separately)
  • Black Fade fabric matches included roller tube and arms
  • Simple installation with included hardware
    • Awning rail (LC715217 - sold separately) required to attach fabric to RV


  • Motor voltage: 12 volts
  • Dimensions:
    • Wall-mounted bracket: 69" tall
    • Outer arm: 63-1/2" long
    • Inner arm: 50" long
    • Pitch arm: 32-5/8" long
    • Roller tube: 16' wide
    • Canopy (when awning is fully extended): 15' 1" wide x 8' long
  • Installation Tips
    • Minimum clearance of 2-1/2" between awning rail and top of entry door is required
    • 69" Of open space is needed on wall of RV from awning rail straight down for installation of wall-mounted brackets
  • Warranty:
    • 1-Year limited on awning roller
    • 1-Year on electric components
    • 5-Year on fabric

Solera Smart Arm awning dimensions

Programmable Power Awning

Solera Smart Arm Programmable Awning

The Solera Smart Arm 12V awning is the first ever programmable awning for your trailer or RV. You can easily extend or retract the awning with the push of a button. The weatherproof touchpad mounts directly on the base of the right awning arm for easy access. In other words, you no longer have to climb back into your RV to operate your awning.

Intelligent Smart Arm Functionality

Weatherproof Touchpad

Smart Arm Weatherproof Touchpad Controller

The programmable touchpad, which is located at the base of the drive-side awning arm, offers a unique set of features. The extend and retract buttons let you operate the awning from outside your RV. The touchpad enables you to activate and program this unit's optional add-on features as well. And a 1-touch safety lock button ensures that the awning's settings stay the way you want them.

Add-On Features

Smart Arm Wind Sensor Upgrade

The Wind Sensor upgrade (LC715123 - sold separately) offers protection for the Smart Arm awning in poor weather conditions. If extreme wind is detected, the awning will automatically retract, giving you piece of mind if you're away from your campsite when bad weather hits. The touchpad enables you to toggle between 3 different levels of wind sensitivity, or you can deactivate the wind sensor altogether. Just mount the sensor below the drive head on the awning arm, and plug the wiring harness directly into the Smart Arm touchpad.

Smart Arm Awning Lights Illuminated

The fabric of this awning has an integrated light track sewn into the hem that allows you to install Solera's LED light kit (LC674282 - sold separately). The light kit slides over the built-in track by the coach sidewall, under the awning. Using the touchpad, you can light up your campground whether the awning is retracted or extended. Its 3-Stage Lighting feature provides multiple lighting options. Depending on the mood you're trying to set for your campsite, you can illuminate the lights at the low (20%), medium (45%), or high (100%) setting.

The awning lights also feature a convenient low voltage alert system. If the voltage in the Smart Arm controller falls below 10.5V while the awning lights are in use, the lights will start flashing. Fortunately, if you're running low on power, or if you have a power outage, a manual override allows you to extend and retract the awning using a power drill (not included) with a 7/16" socket.

Smart Arm Infrared Security Sensor Upgrade

The Infrared Security Sensor (LC715124 - sold separately) provides an extra level of security while you're camping. If the sensor detects any heat or motion, the awning lights (sold separately) will turn on automatically. The sensor range is approximately 8', with a 180-degree radius from its mounting location. The security sensor can be armed with the press of a button on the touchpad. Installation is simple. Just snap the unit into place on the bottom of the drive-side awning arm, just beneath the touchpad.

Durable Vinyl Fabric

Black Fade Solera Awning Fabric

The durable awning fabric holds up to the rigors of the outdoors. It's made of premium 13.5-oz vinyl, which is an upgrade over the 10-oz fabric used in many awnings. In addition, this fabric features heat-welded seams to prevent leaks. The fabric is cold-crack protected to -25 degrees Fahrenheit, so it won't crack or degrade during cold weather.

Manual Angle Adjustment

Solera Smart Arm awning manual pitch adjustment

The Solera Smart Arm awning offers manual pitch adjustment for each arm to keep you shaded from the sun all day long. This is a great feature on hot summer days. When the awning is initially extended, it will be parallel to the ground. This provides protection in the middle of the day, when the sun is high in the sky.

As the sun gets lower throughout the day, you can tilt the awning to one side to effectively block the sun. When you're ready to retract the awning, you can do so no matter what position the arms are in. There's no need to readjust the pitch to its original, parallel position before retracting.

Auto Rain Dump Feature

This awning also makes a great rain shield. Its automatic rain dump feature prevents too much water from building up in the canopy, so there's no need to manually adjust the pitch to release the excess water. When the arms sense that there is about 10 lbs of water pooled in the canopy, the dump feature will automatically activate. The awning arms will reposition to release the pooled water and then return to their original position. Just don't get caught walking by when it happens!


Solera Smart Arm awning installation

An awning rail (LC715217 - sold separately), which is used to anchor the fabric of the awning to the RV, is required for installation. You will need a minimum clearance of 2-1/2" between the awning rail and the top of the entry door. You'll also need 69" of open space on the RV wall - from the awning rail straight down - so that the wall-mounted brackets for the awning arms can be installed.

The roller tube, which comes with the awning fabric already mounted, attaches to the awning arms. The other side of the fabric slides into the awning rail on the RV. Then use the included self-tapping screws to secure the arms to the wall-mounted bracket. The awning drive motor wires into the Smart Arm touchpad, which can either be connected to your battery or wired directly into your RV by way of a converter.

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Installation Details LC517486 Installation instructions

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Customer Reviews

Solera Smart Arm 12V Power RV Awning - 16' Wide - Programmable - Black Fade - LC517486

Average Customer Rating:  5.0 out of 5 stars   (8 Customer Reviews)

This programmable awning attaches to your RV and extends and retracts with the push of a button. Smart Arm touchpad is easily accessible. Add-on wind and infrared sensors (sold separately) provide added convenience and security.

- LC517486

The addition of this awning has been awesome. The install was easy and the operation has been great. We put it on an Old Church bus we turned into the Hogwarts Express. Take it camping, NASCAR Races and watching Meteor showers.

- LC517517

Review from a similar Solera Smart Arm in RV Awnings

Relatively easy setup, husband had to improvise some connections to get the inside switch to work it. Overall a very sharp-looking, sturdy, easily adjustable awning. We have no regrets with our purchase and would use trailer again!!

- LC517517

Review from a similar Solera Smart Arm in RV Awnings

- LC405492

Review from a similar Solera Smart Arm in RV Awnings

- LC517517

Review from a similar Solera Smart Arm in RV Awnings

- LC517505

Review from a similar Solera Smart Arm in RV Awnings

- LC405510

Review from a similar Solera Smart Arm in RV Awnings

- LC517517

Review from a similar Solera Smart Arm in RV Awnings

Crazy easy. Awesome experience. Searched, entered my info, received a call two days later arranging delivery time and I now have it. Every step exceeded my expectations.


Ask the Experts about this Lippert RV Awnings

  • Dimensions of Interior Mounting Frame Required for Installation of Solera Power Awning
    I was able to talk to my tech contact over at Lippert about the installation of the Solera Smart Arm 12V Power RV Awning - 16' Wide - Programmable - Black Fade # LC517486 and you will need at minimum a 2-1/2" wide surface (stud under the outer shell) to safely mount this kit on your RV or Trailer; it is preferred that you have at least 3" to give yourself some space on each side but the 2-1/2" dimension will work when installed carefully.
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  • Can Solera Smart Arm 12V Power RV Awning # LC517486 Easily Replace Dometic Awning
    Yes, the Solera Smart Arm 12V Power RV Awning # LC517486 was designed to allow for easy replacement of a Dometic awning like you have. The kit would install easily in place of your Dometic setup as it was designed for your application.
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  • What Lengths Are the Solera Smart Arm 12V Power RV Awnings Offered In
    The Solera Smart Arm 12V Power RV Awnings like part # LC517486 are offered in lengths from 12' to 21'. I have attached a full list of options below. If you can provide the length you need as well as the color I would be glad to make a specific recommendation.
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  • Are the Solera Smart Arm 12V Power RV Awning - Programmable Available in Different Colors
    Yes the Awnings are available in different colors. The Solera Smart Arm 12V Power RV Awning - Black Fade part # LC517486 has black arms and the awning itself fades from white at the very end to black closer to the camper. When fully retracted it looks all black. The Solera Smart Arm 12V Power RV Awning -White Fade part # LC405492 has white arms and the awning fades from black at the very outside edge to white closer to the camper. When it is closed it looks all white. Something...
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  • Powered Awning Setup For 2020 Boost XLR And Other Toy Haulers / RVs
    We do have a few options that you could consider in terms of a powered awning for your 2020 Forest River Boost XLR. In regard to the Thule awning, I really wish I could tell you which one you saw. Unfortunately we do not carry any powered Thule awnings at all, but I am more than happy to give you some excellent recommendations on the powered awnings we do carry. We offer awnings powered by an 18v rechargeable battery: Solera # LC729486 for black, and # LC730492 for white. We also offer...
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  • What Else Is Needed To Install the Solera Hybrid RV Awning Kits
    The Solera Hybrid RV Awning Kits we offer come with almost everything that you need. I am not sure what you mean by reduce carrying weight but it will add about 80 lbs to your trailer. The manual awning head is not spring loaded, it is driven by a set of gears (see photo). In regards to the powered awning kits, we offer the Solera 18V Power RV Awning part # LC730492 for white fade or part # LC729486 for black fade which uses an internal 18 VDC battery as well as the Solera Smart Arm...
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  • Will the Auto Close Sensor work for my 16' Power Arm Awning
    There are two options for the Solera Awnings the Solera Smart Arm 12V Power RV Awning - 16' Wide part # LC517486 and the Solera XL Power Awning Roller Assembly - 16' Wide part # LCV000334959. If what you purchased is the Smart Arm kit then the Solera Smart Arm Wind Sensor Kit part # LC715123 will work if what you have is the Power RV Awning the Wind Sensor Kit will not work.
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