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Old 04-19-2012, 06:39 PM   #43
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Originally Posted by MSHappyCampers View Post
I bought a 1/4" x 3' plated steel rod at Lowes and a piece of clear plastic tubing to cover it with. I put a 4" bend in the top to insert into the hole in the end of the awning tube. I will strap the rod to the awning support in two places with straps or flat bungee cords. This seems to me the simplist yet secure method of solving this problem. Does anyone see a problem with this type of fix? If there is something I'm overlooking I want to know it now, not after I've lost an awning! Thanks!

Joe, the method you mention does work, and has been around a long time. Some folks put the 4" bend in their awning pull down rods instead of making a separate article. Make sure the rod gets secured well to the awning arm, and as high up on the arm as possible.

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Old 04-20-2012, 01:20 PM   #44
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WHile driving across South Dakota we were hit by a strong side wind, this caused the awning to unfurl, the aluminum covered remained in place as the awning flapped around the MH destroying both arms.

Our awning is a Carefree of Colorado, power awning.

The problem with Carefree is the plastic end caps stripping out and not being able to prevent the awning rod from moving.

See this thread for the fix for Carefree of COlorado awnings.

C of C Awning Drive Repair

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