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Old 08-30-2014, 08:22 AM   #11
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I hated that pull strap method for opening/closing the 20' Carefree of Colorado awning on my TT. So when one of the springs broke inside the tube, I purchased a a kit Carefree sells that converts it to the "old fashioned" crank system like you see used with awnings on storefront windows. No springs to break, no strap to get "lost" inside the awning when you roll it up, or remove/attach every time you use the awning and no more annoying direction lever that never seemed want to change to the direction you wanted the awning to go without a fight. The smooth, easy-turning worm-drive crank mechanism will not permit the awning tube to rotate in either direction once you stop cranking. This allows you to tighten the awning fully against the side of your rig. It never moves. The strap method never tightened as well and I always had "play" in the rolled up awning that would cause the plastic arm clamps to "unto". I had to constantly check and relock them while in transit. With the crank system, this problem is GONE. The arm locks have never undone themselves since changing over.

This was probably one of the best mods I ever made to my TT.
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Old 08-30-2014, 09:20 AM   #12
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snip..... I purchased a a kit Carefree sells that converts it to the "old fashioned" crank system like you see used with awnings on storefront windows.........snip
Didn't know they had such an animal

My three BIL's all have electric awnings, I'm the hold-out with a standard manual which I prefer. Based on their comments when we camp they would prefer a manual......, I think because my sisters complain they can't hang 50lbs of arts and crafts from an electric

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Old 08-30-2014, 02:49 PM   #14
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I converted to the kit that FPM has. Not because I broke a spring, but because I did like OP and let my strap go up into awning.. several times. As short as I am with a 16ft awning, I couldn't reach the lever to roll up and hold the strap in the center. Now cranking it in and out is much easier. I had the conversion done at the Good Sam Rally in ATL last fall, and it was worth every penny (around $200 installed). Dealer came to where I was parked and changed out.. I can now work my awning by myself!
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