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Another awning quetsion

Unread postby mikhen on Mon Apr 14, 2008 11:05 am

When I went out to clean it, I noticed it wasn't wrapped up that tight. It was pretty loose, actually. Could this have been because it sat all winter or could it unraveled when we bought it home last fall? Is it really necessary to get awning locks to keep it from unraveling?
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Re: Another awning quetsion

Unread postby skipnchar on Mon Apr 14, 2008 2:59 pm

If you make sure you leave the "pawl" in the "roll up' position it would have to have a broken spring on the pawl to allow it to unroll while traveling. It is not IMPOSSIBLE for them to break but many of the ones who talk about them coming out while traveling have a bad habit of flipping the pawl after rolling it up so that only the spring tension of the awning itself is keeping it from unrolling and a BIG wind can overcome that tension. With the pawl in the "roll up" position you can't even PULL it out.
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Re: Another awning quetsion

Unread postby mikhen on Mon Apr 14, 2008 3:36 pm

Thanx Skip. I just noticed it was rolling a bit uneven. I got that taken care of with some WD40.

Also, whoever said about using Tilex to clean the awning.....Great Tip. It's open and drying right now. I'm trying to decide if I should climb up and clean the roof today or wait till Wednesday.
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Re: Another awning quetsion

Unread postby skipnchar on Mon Apr 14, 2008 9:08 pm

One OTHER thing that will help get a tighter roll is to move a little bit as the awning rolls up so the strap does not rolll up in one place. If you move sideways a foot or two from start to finish so there is never more than a single layer of strap in any one place it helps avoid the "lump" in the middle and loose ends.
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Re: Another awning quetsion

Unread postby LA_Bolt_Fan on Tue Apr 22, 2008 12:08 am

skipnchar wrote:One OTHER thing that will help get a tighter roll is to move a little bit as the awning rolls up so the strap does not rolll up in one place. If you move sideways a foot or two from start to finish so there is never more than a single layer of strap in any one place it helps avoid the "lump" in the middle and loose ends.


Great tip, Skip :lol:
This also seems to pull the strap up a little further so it pulls in tight. That kept it from flapping in the wind in the morning and DRIING ME NUTS banging on the trailer side!!!!!
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Re: Another awning quetsion

Unread postby PrivatePilot on Wed Apr 23, 2008 9:31 pm

Tilex for cleaning the awning?

Our new fiver is going to be in desperate need of a good awning cleanup based on teh 3 feet of it I could get rolled out at the dealership. (Parked close to the trailer beside it..)

There's no harmful effects from the fact that Tilex is fairly corrosive?
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Re: Another awning quetsion

Unread postby mikhen on Thu Apr 24, 2008 4:21 pm

I used it on mine based on the advice given here. Worked great. I made sure I rinsed it very well and let it dry out completely before rolling it back up.
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Re: Another awning quetsion

Unread postby catmom on Sat Apr 26, 2008 8:46 pm

We had an awning lock on our previous HTT, but we have a power awning on the new TT (not something we would have ordered, it was on the lot this way). I wonder if the electric awnings need locks as much as the others do. I suspect they might also have the problem of the wind catching the material & unfurling it, but interestingly, there is no pawl on this awning. Push a button inside the trailer and it deploys; push it again and it rolls back up.
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Re: Another awning quetsion

Unread postby skipnchar on Sun Apr 27, 2008 10:54 am

catmom wrote:And, I wonder if the electric awnings need locks as much as the others do. I suspect they might also have the problem of the wind catching the material & unfurling it, but interestingly, there is no pawl on this awning. Push a button inside the trailer and it deploys; push it again and it rolls back up.

I don't have the automatic awnings but I would THINK that they may need locks MORE than standard awnings since there is n o manual lever that needs to be reversed to allow them to unroll. I'm just guessing here so don't take it too seriously. With the need for reversing the lever the awning CAN'T unroll unless the mechanism is broken.
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Re: Another awning quetsion

Unread postby catmom on Sun Apr 27, 2008 3:26 pm

Good point. There aren't too many designs that will fit, as the arms of this one fold in flush to the trailer body - nothing to get a clamp around. It's not impossible, but our choices may be limited.
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