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Old 10-05-2016, 09:31 AM   #1
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Awning problem

I am getting ready to replace my awning which is a 21' carefree. I have watched videos and can do it. The problem is my old awning will not unroll all the way. Not quite enough to get the valance to hang. it is still caught in the last roll of awning.I cannot even unroll it the rest of the way manually. Do I have a spring problem or is there a way to adjust it during my replacement process?? Thanks for any help.
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If you are replacing the awning fabric, just cut the old fabric and unroll manually. It could be that the roller is fully extended (like a roller blind) and just needs to have the spring adjusted when you install the new awning.
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That is what I thought. I downloaded A & E instructions on how many turns on each spring. I think I will remove both springs and inspect them and reinstall with the correct Turns on them and hopefully that will solve the problem. The PO sure did not do any maintenance and I keep finding little things. I will have it ready for spring and that was my goal. Thanks
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I know it has been a while but I finally got around to replacing the fabric and cleaning and rewinding the springs. I purchased a two sided fabric so the underside looks just like the top side. Springs were OK just a little rusty and I am sure were not installed correctly. I cleaned the springs with a wire brush and coated with silicone. My DW and 45 yo daughter helped me. we just laid it in the grass and unrolled it. Put the new one underside up just like the old one and using the guide that came with the fabric installed the fabric and rolled it up. Back on the sawhorses for spring installation and winding 12 turns each. reinstalled it on camper and adjusted so it closed straight with the poles and put in screws. works perfectly and looks great. time 3 hours.
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When/if you do another one I guarantee you will be able to knock an hour off. I think the big problem on my first one was just trepidation of tearing into things. And yes, the AE video was helpful.


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I know it has been a while but I finally got around to replacing the fabric and cleaning and rewinding the springs. I purchased a two sided fabric so the underside looks just like the top side. Springs were OK just a little rusty and I am sure were not installed correctly. I cleaned the springs with a wire brush and coated with silicone. My DW and 45 yo daughter helped me. we just laid it in the grass and unrolled it. Put the new one underside up just like the old one and using the guide that came with the fabric installed the fabric and rolled it up. Back on the sawhorses for spring installation and winding 12 turns each. reinstalled it on camper and adjusted so it closed straight with the poles and put in screws. works perfectly and looks great. time 3 hours.
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Just be VERY careful loading those springs !!!!
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Just be VERY careful loading those springs !!!!
Yep. They can hurt you. I always clamp a pair of vise grip pliers on the rod for leverage but you still need to be careful.
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