Carefree awining installation mistake
I recently purchased a 2005 Jayco Eagle from an individual. He had trouble getting the awning to seat correctly when retracted. After a couple of months of ownership I figured out why. Jayco mounted the top rail too low so when they mounted the bottom attach point at the lowest point it was too high, or near the top of the awning, for correct operation.If you look closely at the photo, the silver aluminum slider at the very bottom pops out of the track and has to be hammered back in. IMO I have three choices and wonder if anyone has had the problem and what they did to fix this. I'm a kind of a DIY guy.
1. relocate the top rail up about 2 inches(over the stripes, new holes in the side)
2. Cut the forward vertical slides off about 2 inches.
3. Flip the upper awning mount, which would raise the awing 3 inches in front. If this is the best option I need to know where to get the extended pop rivet for reattaching the inside slide/lock back to the upper bracket.
See attached photo.
Thanks for any suggestions.