Originally Posted by Senior Chief
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...