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Old 01-14-2012, 07:42 AM   #15
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If it makes you feel better to say "operator error- something the driver did- I'm always careful- it will never happen to me" - good luck with that.

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Old 01-15-2012, 05:53 AM   #16
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If it makes you feel better to say "operator error- something the driver did- I'm always careful- it will never happen to me" - good luck with that.

I don't think there is, or should be, any "luck" involved here?

If a carefull inspection of the equipment reveals no mechanical failure afterward, I think one has to assume it is operator error. Regarding those controlled with a "lever" mechanism, that lever controls either works, or it doesn't. If it's working, I think it could be easily proven that roller isn't going to unroll - IF the lever has been left in the proper position, and the awning is being used as designed. The lever type mechanisms, by design, the harder you pull on it, the harder it locks. If the lever mechanism doesn't appear to be working afterward, it's STILL operator error - due to lack of proper maintenance.

The stories I've heard to date, every one of them, fail to mention what really hapened.... the source of the problem? That's why I was wondering.

Myself, I will continue maintaining that mechanism, maybe testing it a little more regularly armed with the knowledge of all these stories. I will not be climbing up to secure the roller using a process I hope works. You can do as you wish...

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Old 01-15-2012, 02:05 PM   #17
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We are new here,,, but I noticed on our factory awning that the "plastic" locking mech was not engaging fully on the front when we bought this 95 MH... So before our first long trip, I simply wraped a bungy cord around the front and back of the stored awning.... Simple insurance in my mind...... So far it works just fine,,,, including the hard winds across TX, NM, AZ,,, etc....
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Three years ago, prior to an extended caravan throughout Mexico, we were warned about severe winds in parts of that country, so we installed the lock shown in post #5 above on our main patio awning. It worked fine and we had no problem with that awning. However, the winds caught our living area slide awning and ripped the anchor screws out of the wall. It is now more securely anchored!


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