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Old 07-19-2015, 08:16 PM   #1
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Awning rail loose

We were in Kentucky this weekend and there were a lot of storms. I was closing the awning Saturday night and it would not retract. It is the Carefree Eclipse with the bad aluminum cap on the motor shaft.
So the next morning I was tying it up with wire ties so that we could travel. When tying back the arms I found the rear arm mounting is loose at the top because the screw holding it is stripped out.
This is a 2008 Safari Simba 30SFS. I wondered if anyone else has seen this problem and come up with a cure?

08 Safari Simba 30SFS, toad 13 Equinox, Stowmaster 5000, VW railbuggy, Polaris RZR, 16 ft car trailer.
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Old 07-20-2015, 08:29 AM   #2
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If the metal screws go into a structural member of your coach I found on my 2001 Diplomat that Monaco used painted carbon screws and the threads on the screws themselves had corroded. I went to Lowes & bought SS screws to replace them with. If the holes are stripped you may be able to go to the next size larger diameter screw as a fix. I did this on some of my mounting screws and I replaced all of them with SS. George 2001 Diplomat

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Old 07-20-2015, 09:15 AM   #3
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I ripped my carefree awning off my coach last year thanks to a tree limb in front of our son's house. When It ripped off, the front end broke at the gear motor leaving the arm attached to the coach. This arm was screwed into aluminum framing in the wall. But the rear end screws pulled out of the sidewall. There was no framing behind them. So I had to get larger diameter screws to put into the stripped holes. I also added several additional screws in pre-existing holes to provide more security.
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