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Old 08-28-2017, 06:52 PM   #71
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My carefree door awning came out going down the freeway luckily I had some big zip ties to hold it closed.
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If you have the old style awning with arms you can make your own awning lock with your awning pull down rod. Take your awning rod and re-bend the the top hook so it's about 8 to 10 inches long. walk to the back of the awning you will see a hole in the awning cap that lines up with a grove in the awning roller. This is the same grove that holds your pull down strap that's why the hole is in the cap so you can replace the strap.
Now take your recent re-bent awning rod and stick it into this hole the rod will now be hanging next to the awning arm. Get some rope put it through the loop at the bottom of the awning rod run the rope through the hole in the awning leg foot and tie the ends together. Your roller is now locked.
If you want to upscale do as I did buy some S/S rod stock polish it bend it in the shape of the awning rod any lenght you like and use that.
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Old 08-29-2017, 12:08 AM   #73
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Can you post a picture of that John?
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Old 08-29-2017, 12:10 AM   #74
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My carefree door awning came out going down the freeway luckily I had some big zip ties to hold it closed.
I put some of these on the large awning before starting our annual OR to WV and other places as desired trip this summer.

The awning clacked back and forth last summer and it worried me. Then I read this thread which justified my worries. I think the zip ties I used had a breaking strength of 250 lbs each and I put one on each end and cinched them up tight. No more clacking or worrying and they are easy to remove if the awning is needed.

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Balvert.....

Now I'm gonna tell you something that will totally tic you off...

The end caps on the roller are interchangeable - you could have switched the two and saved the $200.00....

Aren't you pleased at the way Carefree mentioned that little fact to you when you called to order the totally new motor because the cap is part of it, which is total BS.... They could sell that cap if they wanted to...

How do I know all this ??? Had the same thing happen to me and ended up ordering the "new motor assembly" myself... (I now carry a perfectly good motor with me as I travel)
Yeah. I found that out after the fact after I replaced the idler end due to another issue. I should have mentioned it but I too now have a spare "motor assembly".
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Old 08-29-2017, 03:44 AM   #76
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Same happened to me 4 years ago. Removed it and left it on the side of the road. Replaced the motor home. Newer MH has a foolproof center lock on the roller, plus travel locks on the arms. Never again (I hope).
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Old 08-29-2017, 01:04 PM   #77
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I have a Carefree Travel'r Adjustable Pitch power awning. This statement is on Carefree's site - "The Travel'r also uses a wormgear motor, like the Eclipse, for effortless operation and the peace-of-mind that the awning won't billow." After reading the horror stories, I decided to put a travel lock on mine. Here is what I used....................

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Actually I am suprised that there has been no NHTSA recall on these awnings. It is obviously a safety issue. Especially to the guy driving in the next lane or the poor guy walking along the highway. Could cause a fatality.
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Electra 225 here is my awning lock list in my above post, the bungee is just to keep it from rattling.
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"Awning Lock" from Loess Hills Innovations Inc

If anyone has installed the "Awning Lock" from Loess Hills Innovations Inc on a Carefree Traveller or Eclipse awning, I would really appreciate any photos of the installation. I am looking to purchase one of these but not until I know exactly what is involved in the installation.
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Thanks so much.
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IT'S INSTALLED !!!!!!!

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It locks that sucker solidly in place.... Yea !!!!!
I received the Awning Lock for my Carefree Traveler with the one piece Unigard metal weather guard. The metal weather guard hits the Awning Lock and prevents the awning from closing. Drove me crazy trying to figure out how to install the thing. I had just about given up and put the thing up for sale. Finally I took off all the brackets. I attached the awing lock to the cast metal frame for the idler assembly and used 3/4 inch aluminum spacers between the metal frame and the inside surface of the shroud. Works like a charm but had to be very careful in positioning the awning lock so that it did not interfere with the weather guard.
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Balvert,
Thanks for the post. I have a brand new awning and not only does the metal cover get in the way, I can't slide the "arm" of the lock between the roller and the housing. Your suggestion solves at least one of my issues.
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