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Old 07-17-2013, 04:55 PM   #1
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Manual Awning Question

I have the manual awning and I think I must be doing something wrong when rolling it up. Standing on the right side, I move the clutch from the "down" to the "up" position.. At this point it wants to roll up on me but I need to slide the fabric pull handle (for lack of a better term) to the middle before letting that happen (at least that's what I remember being told during the walk-through).. There is too much force put on the pull handle when I do this.. Last time the handle broke and the DW had to sew it back onto the plastic piece that keeps it in the groove. There must be a more intelligent way to get the pull handle to the middle without needing to support the spring loaded awning that is trying to roll up. Hopefully that makes sense. Any suggestions?

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Old 07-17-2013, 05:02 PM   #2
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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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Old 07-17-2013, 06:34 PM   #3
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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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Old 07-17-2013, 06:57 PM   #4
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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 07-17-2013, 07:34 PM   #5
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Ok...so what is the reason for having to have the pull strap in the midlde? I have had my pull strap near the end of the awning (about three feet in) so I can easily grab it and use it to retract the awning after actuating the retract lever )solo operation). Have not had any issues using this way....ever. If someone gives me a good logical reason to do otherwise (besides tribal knowledge), then I'll consider it.

The other recourse is to have someone else (DW?) hold the strap while you actuate the retract lever.
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Agree with all the responses.
Yep, It doesn't have to be in the center. Just as far as you can reach will be fine.

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Old 07-17-2013, 08:53 PM   #7
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When we did our walk through I asked the fellow if he didn't mind if I did a video. I could tell he wasn't comfortable about it so I didn't bother. The awning has been tricky for us to and we've only put it out a couple of times. I believe the strap in the middle helps to roll up evenly. They have a video for just about everything maybe there's one on the awning also.
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Thanks for all the helpful responses!
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I always hold the tube and slide the strap to the middle. The awning is 20' long and the far end does not release easily if the strap is offset. In the middle there are no issues. If it is a relatively short awning then offset should work.
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Manual Awning Question

We have an electric awning now but our old trailer had a Manual awning and I use to slide the strap over to the right side of the tube so I could release the awning and hold it back. I would then slide it over to the middle as it rolled up. Always seemed to work for me?
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