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Old 08-20-2013, 03:39 PM   #1
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Awning issues

Been having to pull out the ladder when retracting the awning, to get the awning supports to slip into each other at the top. Decided today was the day to fix this !
Stood back and lighned up the front support with the back edge of the passenger side window, and low and behold, the awning has to be installed out of square by at least 1" ! The only way I see fixing this is removing the top brackets, filling the existing holes, and drilling new holes .
I swear my rig was being built while the staff Christmas party was going on !!!!!
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Try slipping the awning in the front roller track.....in the direction it needs to go to be square. You will have to relieve the load from it to get it to slip. Rook
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You talking the track at the roof, or on the roller?
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either....but the roller is easier. The roof end has screws that have to be removed which hold it stationary. If you are way off, you may have to do both. This is a two man job. Rook
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With the awning closed, could you see that top and bottom brackets were'nt in line?
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With the awning removed, they could be close......but that's not what makes them roll up in line when the awning is installed. The awning itself has a "bias" to pull one way or the other....caused by stress and strain and wear in the material and maybe not being cut squarely. You just have to adjust the ends, top and bottom, to make it roll up close to square. Also a little pressure in the correct direction, right or left, when rolling it up should make the arms close correctly. Rook
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If your pull strap is at one end while retracting try sliding it to the other end or in the middle before closing. Easy to try.
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My awning has done the same thing ever since new. However, it sometimes opens and closes properly. I took it to National when my motorhome was under warranty and they supposedly fixed it. Their fixed didn't last long. I know it's a pain, buy I've learned to live with it. I'm thinking about converting to a power awning, but they have their own problems.
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If your pull strap is at one end while retracting try sliding it to the other end or in the middle before closing. Easy to try.
Yeah, the strap is dead center. I measured the tube and marked center a few years back.
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Try this....with the awning all the way out, and before you extend the arms upward, push the awning roller toward the front or rear of the MH. It should easily move 2-3 inches due to the "non-ridged" support arms and the "give" in the awning material. And, that's the reason why it sometimes rolls up and the arms do not mesh with the top parts. A little pressure, in the correct direction, will cause the awning to roll up and mesh with the top parts. Rook
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My awning slips on the roller end almost every time I leave it out for an extended time. I think the wind moves it. All I have to do is slip it back to the center of the roller to get it to roll up straight.
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Well I'll be damned. Ya nailed it Rook !
Figured it was worth a shot before pulling out the drill. Me being me , I slid the fabric the wrong way on the tube the first time, but no matter, I could easily see it made it worse. Went the other way and, bingo, slid together like nuthin.
Reckon I better make a sharpie mark on the tube, so I know where the front edge of the fabric needs to be.

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You're welcome.... Rook
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