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Old 07-18-2013, 07:56 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Grumpygp View Post
Pull it to the middle before you switch the lever.Move the lever, Once it releases hold on to the awning drum with your hand to keep it from rolling up until you can grab the strap.
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X3. Walk down to the middle holding the roller from turning until you can get your hands on the strap. I used to have the strap extension either in the loop or close enough that I could reach it.

Sounds like your roller tension may be a bit tight.


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Old 07-22-2013, 02:42 PM   #12
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Not sure why the need to hold the strap in the middle of the awning either, as I always slide mine to the same end as the release, then I have one hand on the strap and the other I use to release the awning and can slowly guide it up into position, including the use of the long handle that hooks into the strap loop for the final 2-3 feet of retraction. I have yet to have a problem with folding in the awning by doing it this way.


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Old 07-23-2013, 07:40 AM   #13
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I'm not convinced that you can do the strap on one end for every awning. Our old Kiwi had a Carefree of Colorado awning that worked flawlessly for ten years. We never closed it with the strap in the middle. Always toward the end close to the lever.

Our new awning is a Dometic. I was doing it the same way and started to have trouble from day 1 with the poles not lining up while closing. I'd have to force them to snap in and couldn't get them out easy. Now I do the strap from the middle and no troubles. I've read a few posts on RV.net from people who have had similar experiences.

Also, it can be pretty hard to hold that strap with your hand. Try holding it down with your foot instead.
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Old 08-20-2013, 04:40 PM   #14
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How to open a Carefree awning:
How to close a Carefree awning:

Not mine; I found these when I was having some trouble remembering the processes...

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