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Old 12-31-2008, 03:40 PM   #1
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I have seen that there are two basic types of awning locks. One of them goes on the end of the roller tube, the other attaches to the roof or sidewall in the middle of the awning. Any experience with either of them? Preference? Ease of use?
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Old 12-31-2008, 03:40 PM   #2
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I have seen that there are two basic types of awning locks. One of them goes on the end of the roller tube, the other attaches to the roof or sidewall in the middle of the awning. Any experience with either of them? Preference? Ease of use?
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Old 01-01-2009, 12:11 AM   #3
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I made my own over the door awning since none were made at the time for my coach. Since it protruded slightly ahead of the front cap I wanted a lock to keep it closed in travel. I used a Zip Dee lock that is mounted to the wrapper and hooks to a bracket mounted to the wall of the coach. It is easy to use and works very well. I do not have any additional locks on any of the other awnings. I have a 23' patio, 14' slideout and many window awnings that have never give me a problem, even in the high winds out west. I think the metal wrapper model awnings make a big difference.
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We have one that we bought from RVUpgrades that we have happily used for several years. It mounts on the end of the tube (easily) and uses friction to stop the tube from turning. We like it as it is unobtrusive and easily tightened or loosened by use of the awning wand.

It was installed after having awning unfurling problems in Kansas while going down the freeway. We nearly lost it and rewinding actions caused my wife to fly of the ground while hanging on to the arm.
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I tried the RV Awning Lock that you install on the arm, drill a hole in one of end caps on the tube, and a spring-loaded pin locks the tube. It did not consistently work...if your awning always rolls up tightly to the same point every time, it may work. Mine did not...the pin would not always be aligned with the hole.

I now have the following device and it works great:

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It was tested this past September in extreme side winds on I-90 in SD. The awning stayed put. It is easy to install, engage and disengage.
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Thanks smlranger, I think that's the way I'll go.
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I had the Awning Saver on my last coach and was very happy with it. Installed very easy and just turned it a few times with awning pole to release it to open awning. Do same in reverse to secure it. It is inexpensive and no drilling or extra work involved in installation.

Here is the website. It had been recommended to me by others.
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Old 01-07-2009, 06:27 AM   #8
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Olive, I am thinking about this lock because of the ease of installation. Do you have any problem with the awning rolling up different and there the pin will not go into the hole?

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I also have the awning saver. What sold me was that NO holes are drilled in anything. Clamps to side bracket and around roller.
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Old 01-07-2009, 12:49 PM   #10
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This awning rod trick works well and it's free.

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Tom.....I can't tell very well. Is your rod inserted into a piece of clear tubing?, and do you secure the rod to the awning rail in any way?
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These are not my photos. Someone posted these a year or two ago and I save them. The plastic tubing is to protect the awning arm. The rod has to be attached to the arm. I think it is attached near the bottom where the arm clamp is. I would just use a bungie cord.

I have a WeatherPro electric so I don't need to lock the roller.

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Thank you, very neat idea!
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