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Old 09-30-2011, 07:31 PM   #11
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The arms only are restricted. The only force keeping the arms extended are the gas filled shocks. The motor in my awning is in the head at the end of the roller. You can test yours by pushing on the roller and trying to move it into the retracted position and you can then see what really happens.
Excellent, thanks much!
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dalenoel, Thanks for the tip. I'll try it next week when we bring the camper home to prepare for our next trip.
Please report back on how this works for you. Thanks!
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dalenoel, Thanks for the tip. I'll try it next week when we bring the camper home to prepare for our next trip.
Did it work for you?
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Did it work for you?
I'll be bringing it home Wednesday. I'll be sure to let you know.
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I'll be bringing it home Wednesday. I'll be sure to let you know.
Great, we look forward to hearing from you.
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Great, we look forward to hearing from you.
Okay, as promised, I tried tying the awning arms. I did not use the rope method, but rather used a couple short bungee cords. There are a couple small holes about halfway down the channel that is bolted to the camper. I used those small holes to hook the bungee cords and wrapped one time around and hooked to the other hole. Worked great, that let the arms come out about 1 foot at the top.

Now the bad news. I could only get 1/2 of each side. I found that just a little bit of wind is a real pain also. I did scrub the 1/2 of each side from a ladder and didn't find it that much easier than just getting wet and scrubbing with the awning out.

Will I do it again? I duhno.
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With the awning flat against the trailer, not letting it be a foot out, keeps you dry and only working on a vertical piece of awning.

I agree you can initially only get 1/2 of the side. Then go in the trailer and roll the awning up 1/2 way and you can get an additional 1/4 of the awning. Repeat by rolling it up 1/2 of what is left and you will get an additional 1/8 and one more repeat and you have done all but 1/16 of the awning.

A repeat of this for the other side gets both sides.

Sorry this did not work for you but I do love it as I can get all of it and only get dripped on when going into the trailer to roll the awning up at each section.

I'll do a video the next time I clean mine. Might be a couple of weeks.
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