As we were getting reacquainted with our trailer this weekend we ran into a little problem with our awning. We only used it once or twice last year but always found it a little difficult. Anyway, we were able to unroll it on Friday without much difficulty.
Friday night, after a few glasses of milk in red solo cups, we attempted to roll the awning back up. I don't recall how we started but I know we didn't put the feet of the awning back on the camper. We were attempting to roll it back and began to have some trouble. Two many glasses of milk can do that to you.
Somehow the rear part of the awning arm became stuck. The top arm part f the awning wouldn't go past about halfway down the awning leg. I'm talking about the arm that makes the awning tight when it's extended. The top piece. Eventually, somehow that part came out of the track of the awning leg. In an effort to fix this, someone actually unscrewed the black knob that locks the arm that makes the awning taught. They unscrewed the knob completely so that it dislodged from the nut. Somehow we were able to roll the awning up without fixing our problems. The feet were not attached to the camper and we couldn't unroll the awning again. After so many milks we called it a night. The awning was pretty much where it needed to be anyway.
Luckily, when we bought our trailer and went for the walk through I brought along my video camera to tape everything. I made a DVD of it and we keep a copy in the camper. We watched the video that night and the next morning decided to tackle the awning again.
In the sun light you could see where the awning arm popped out of the track for the awning leg. It was the same location where it originally got stuck. The aluminum was bent a little. We tried to force the arm back on the leg track and eventually succeeded. The awning still wouldn't unroll, but we were now able to get the legs of the awning back on the camper. After we did this the awning unrolled again and we set it back up.
Later that night we attempted to put the awning back up and it was a lot easier and we had no problems. We can't understand why the awning arm got stuck that first night and then eventually came off the track. We didn't force it at all. Once we got the arm back on the track we were able to bend the track back in shape with some tools so that it wouldn't pop out again.
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