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Old 03-08-2006, 10:32 AM   #1
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This probably belongs under "motorhomes in general", but I'm interested in the Winnie slide out awning in particular so here goes...
How can I (and a buddy, I presume) tighten up the awning topper on the big 12' living room slide out? Has anybody done it and how about some pics w/ instructions? I'm thinking if I've got 16 revs on the spring from the factory, perhaps 2 more revolutions tighter will reduce the "bag" and the tendency for water accumulation.
I'm aware of the cautions about spring tension and safety, but I've replaced the large main awning spring on my '88 SuperChief before using the wife's help. -Not a big deal, just work safely and wisely.
The slide out awnings gotta be easy too, right?
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We just can't have someone asking for help and getting no responses, so here goes.

I assume you have A&E slide toppers, so the process is as follows:

Locate the cross hole in each end of the fabric tube assembly. It will be through the white end cap and be about 7/32 diameter. You will need a 7/32 cotter pin about 2.5-3" in length that you can pass through this hole and in effect pin the tube and cap together. This will allow you to not have to fight the tension while you perform step 2.

Step 2 will require that you take the screw out of the hex rod that connects the end cap to the side wall and is part of the hanger mechanism. You will also have to drill out the pop rivet. When this is done, you then can reverse the hex rod and use it as a handle to crank the tension on the springs. Yes, you will have to remove the cotter pin during the cranking and then replace when you have adjusted to your liking. Just remember to reinstall the cotter pin so the tension will be held when you reinstall the hex rod back in it's normal location.

Perform the same process on the other end and you're ready to relax, have a cold drink and enjoy the view.

If you need the specs for the A&E slide topper as to number of turns, let me know and I'll post it for you. You may want to unwind the springs on both ends then rewind to insure you have a balanced load on both ends. Someone may have goofed in intial installation.

ALSO....BE EXTREMELY ATTENTIVE TO THE SPRING LOAD THAT IS PRESENT WHEN YOU REMOVE THE COTTER PINS. IT IS SUFFICIENT TO BREAK YOUR HAND AND FINGERS!!!!!! DO NOT BE OVER CONFIDENT ABOUT THIS OPERATION IT CAN SEVERLY INJURE YOU.


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Old 03-10-2006, 01:56 AM   #3
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Thank you very much for the instructions Mike!!! Yes, I would like to know the "specs" from A&E for the number of spring turns on this big awning (fits the 12' living room slide).

Thanks again!
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Now THAT'S what I'm talking about!!

Thanks a bunch for jumping in Mike....truly the GREATEST people are iRV2'ers....

Good luck Thomas....count to ten on your fingers when you're done!!
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Thanks for the comment Bob! Troth, the A&E specs are 13 turns. Their specs don't define whether that is in a "slide closed" or "or slide open" condition. I normally set them at 13 turns with the slide open, and check for tension. You should count the turns as the slide opens, as it increases the tension, and adjust to suit your needs. I wouldn't go beyond 13, plus the revolutions on the slide as it extends; i.e. if as the slide extends the topper unwinds 4 revs, add no more than 4 revs to the spring wind. Also, remember that the wind on the springs is as counted winding the springs away from the coach. That would make the right end conterclockwise and the left end clockwise.

If you need more data I can e-mail a pdf document to you that is all 4 pages of A&E info.

Hope this helps!!

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My independent RV guy will be replacing the fabric on my A&E slide toppers in the next week or so. Can you send me the PDF file you have? That is, if it has any info. that might be helpful to them.

thanks. smlranger@gamewood.net
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Ranger,

Completed per your request.

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Thanks. Got it. I will be talking with my guy tomorrow. They special order the replacement canopies because they had to have the exact measurements. I will inquire about the double seam on the leading edge. I noticed the orginal A&E vinyl has no such seam. It is pretty thin stuff.
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Sounds like RVGuy ought to be "our" guy!!
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Could you email that pdf document to me also. I may need to see about the slide awning replacement soon. My emai is j72cope@yahoo.com

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Since you mention the task of "waxing" the roof and walls of the coach, you might want to check out a product called REJEX made by CrossionX Technologies. It is not a wax, but rather a poloymer that bonds with the surface. Originally for the aircraft industry, where I first got exposed to it, it really has done an excellent job of surface protection on our coach. The effect it makes on bug removal at the end of the day has to be seen to believe.

At any rate it can be seen at their site; corrosionx.com.

Jim & Gloria, I'll e-mail today.

Have fun all!

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Mike, thanks for the information. I sent you a PM, but could you e-mail me the A&E pdf file on the awning tightening?

Thanks! Tom
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Many thanks Mike....I will be purchasing some of that product and supplying my detail guys with it for the coach.

We are fortunate to have the benefit of your resources and experience here in our forum..

Your customers sure are fortunate to have you as well!
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Mike,
What's the best way to determine if your awning is already as tight as it should be. With the slide out, should you be able to kinda lift the side of the awning up alittle? By alittle, I mean maybe around 1/2" or so. I realize even if you tighten it more, that it probably stretches again?
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