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Old 09-29-2014, 11:11 AM   #1
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Modified my awning lock!

Some time back I made an awning lock from a steel rod and put a 4" bend at the top to insert into the awning tube. I strapped it to the awning support using Velcro straps.

Today I happened to look at it and over time the rod had moved back on the support until it was almost out of the roller tube! I went back to Lowes, got a new rod, and made a new one with a 8" bend at the top to go into the roller tube. That way, even if it slides back on the support there will still be at least 4" inside the tube.

Take a look at post #30 & 69 below

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Nice job on the lock for the rear tube. The front tube has a lock already.

I would replace the bungee cords with a set of THESE awning straps made of Velcro and a plastic buckle.

They are also available from Amazon.

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Old 09-29-2014, 11:41 AM   #3
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Nice job on the lock for the rear tube. The front tube has a lock already.

I would replace the bungee cords with a set of THESE awning straps made of Velcro and a plastic buckle.

They are also available from Amazon.

Dr4Film ----- Richard

Look at the post #69. I got rid of the bungee cords really quick and got the velcro straps! The straps you show look like they would be more secure. Next time I order from Amazon I'll get a set of them! Thanks!
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I made my own awning locks like those mentioned many many many years ago. The 10" Camco straps I used then had a plastic buckle and after a few years they would break. Camco now make a Velcro strap that has a rectangular metal buckle which I now use several of to hold the 30"x5/16" brass rod. I place the straps above and below the vertical support release latch.

I have bent the rod so that approx. 12" is attached to the rear awning support and 18" is inserted into the awning roller tube. The front awning support where the locking latch is located is quite smaller being equally apportioned at about 12"x12".

P.S. The Camco Velcro straps come in a package of two for about $6.

P.S. 2 I also used heat shrink tubing to cover the metal rods.
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I made my own awning locks like those mentioned many many many years ago. The 10" Camco straps I used then had a plastic buckle and after a few years they would break. Camco now make a Velcro strap that has a rectangular metal buckle which I now use several of to hold the 30"x5/16" brass rod. I place the straps above and below the vertical support release latch.

I have bent the rod so that approx. 12" is attached to the rear awning support and 18" is inserted into the awning roller tube. The front awning support where the locking latch is located is quite smaller being equally apportioned at about 12"x12".

P.S. The Camco Velcro straps come in a package of two for about $6.

P.S. 2 I also used heat shrink tubing to cover the metal rods.

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