Originally Posted by MSHappyCampers
It was already there. I think it is where the slot is for sliding the rubber hangers down the tube for lights, etc.
Yup ... your solution is probably better than most. The trick is to prevent the tube from ever starting to rotate/unroll. If it moves even an inch or so the fabric (sail) will rapidly increase in area.
Within this thread people are still confusing the 2 issues:
1) the awning unfurls
while the arms are locked
... the awning tube rotates.
2) the arms unlock
and the awning swings out.
Both are a problem. Both happen.
Two different locking mechanisms are required.
If you have the older Carefree spring-loaded manual awning, I highly recommend the Pioneer Upgrade Kit. It replaces the roller springs with a worm gear assembly and crank. You also need the crank. Total cost is about $150. You will never need to replace a broken spring again! Unfortunately, nothing (from Carefree) is available for my integrated slide topper/awning.
Carefree Pioneer Lite Crank Awning - PPL Motor Homes