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Old 02-15-2014, 09:05 PM   #1
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Awning Ratchet locking lever

OK .... I've performed forum searches but my problem doesn't seem to come up.

Older A&E awning (13 years) on a Damon MotorHome. My problem is the POSITION of the roll up/roll down lever. When rolled up, in my experience with all awnings one used the extender rod to hook and pull down the lever. My problem is the my lever doesn't follow this rule. When closed the lever is pretty much at the bottom of the roller. About 6 o'clock. I have to push up and towards the side of the coach to set the lever to the roll down position. The problem is there isn't enough room to fully move the lever to the proper position. The lever hits the side of the coach. While I can pull the awning down, the mechanism seems to be in a free wheeling mode (no ratcheting) and when extended I need to move to the latch lever end to fulling engage the lever in the roll down position so the awning locks in the extended position. With the awning extended the lever is approximately at the 3 o'clock position on the roller tube. It seems the only way to change it is to drill out the rivets to rotate the end cap, then redo the rivets. I really wonder how things got out of whack????

Any ideas???

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2001 Damon Intruder 362
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Old 02-17-2014, 04:44 PM   #2
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Could you thread the awning keeper into another slot in the roller tube. This would let the roller rotate more or less when fully extended causing a change in position when rolled up.

My roller has four or six slots. I would assume you could use any of them. Choose one on the opposite side and when rolled up the lever should be in the opposite position (more or less)..

Not sure exactly what you have but it sounds reasonable Good luck - let us all know what your solution is
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