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Old 07-09-2019, 11:47 AM   #1
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Can't remove torsion assembly from awning tube

I have a 2007 Dometic Two Step awning on our Excel 2007 30RSO 5th. I was trying to remove the right hand torsion assembly for replacement. After removing the tension on the spring and drilling the rivets the torsion unit should just slide out of the awning tube. But it does not. Even after reasonable hammering against the end cap all it will do is move about 1/4". It acts like the three plastic dogs at the far end of the spring are stuck inside the tube and won't slide. Does anyone have experience or knowledge about this issue?

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I never had the right had cap off my two step awning. However, I did have that cap off my 9100 series to replace the power motor. The cap seemed to look the same as the one on my two step model. I simply and carefully unloaded the spring tension, drilled out the rivets and the cap and motor slid out easily. This may not help you....just letting you know what worked for me. Let us know what worked for you. Are the rivets completely removed, not just the heads?
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Here is a video on awning removal. Check out about 4.5 minutes into the video. I hope this helps.
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Thank you folks. the rivets were totally drill out. The bit could enter the tube by an inch or so. I've drilled out hundreds of rivets before. The torsion assembly simply will not budget, even being hammered. Something inside has it jammed.
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I had forget about the RV Geek's video. They do some nice stuff. I use a punch or blunt chisel and tap with a hammer slowly tapping outwardly working my way around the cap. Just sayin'
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I had forget about the RV Geek's video. They do some nice stuff. I use a punch or blunt chisel and tap with a hammer slowly tapping outwardly working my way around the cap. Just sayin'
Thanks Tom for added input and effort. I had tried that trick too. I could get it move back just enough to clear the rivet holes. Then I slipped cotter pins in the rivet holes to try to keep it from snapping back in place. All I was doing was to put a little tension on the spring.
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Fred, Did you ever get the cap off? Please keep us posted.
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No and Yes.

I gave up on this effort, as my DW did want to stand on a latter for another round of attempts. So I took it into our RV shop. Only time ever done that. They got it fixed. But since I picked it up over the weekend the only folks that knew what had been done were gone. I'll find out Monday and report back more then.
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Thanks Fred....
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Well, I think this is a closed issue. Never got a very good answer from the RV shop as to exactly what was done. But it works now. So onward to another adventure.
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