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Old 09-30-2015, 12:08 PM   #15
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Tie the arms with rope until you get to a repair shop. I too made stupid mistakes but now, both my wife and I do a walk around before moving the rig.
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Old 09-30-2015, 01:26 PM   #16
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I didn't see that it was electric. Mine is Manuel and locks @ the top.
I'll still use them.
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Old 09-30-2015, 02:08 PM   #17
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Dometic said in our case, our specific model, the roller cannot turn because the motor is holding it. Apparently the motor is geared.

If our power awning was sticking out at all and had not locked in place, I would never drive it. Even if I had straps on the arms. The 1300 pound nylon trucker straps that I use are only for added security and are on there in such a way that they cannot slip downward or allow the folded arms to expand.

That said, I would not advise anyone to drive with only nylon ties or rope holding the awning arms. Every situation needs to be looked at carefully, and mechanically, and blanket advice can be harmful. Better safe than sorry.
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The sad thing was, I did a walk around, and always do. I just did it under the shade of an awning that I did not notice!
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The sad thing was, I did a walk around, and always do. I just did it under the shade of an awning that I did not notice!
D'oh!
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Old 10-01-2015, 06:11 AM   #20
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I feel your pain but we have all done crazy things without thinking. If you haven't you will. It just happens. Good luck and you'll never do that again, it'll be on your mind every time you go to move.
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Thanks, Bruce!
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Old 10-01-2015, 10:17 AM   #22
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I like to repeat my mistakes every so often, otherwise I forget them.
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It sounds more like wind damage to me. It was caused my the wind blowing to the rear of the motorhome as you drove off. Wind damage is covered by your insurance. A lifetime ago, I sold auto insurance. A customer had a new car, and bird doo-doo ate thru the paint on the trunk. I put a claim in under Falling Objects. The company paid the claim. Eddie Elk.
So, you are telling me and the rest of the world that you committed insurance fraud???? Not a smart cookie... Filing a false claim is against the law, and can land you in a world of hurt. Not worth the chance...you're better off just sucking it up and consider it as a lesson learned.
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I like to repeat my mistakes every so often, otherwise I forget them.
Yup, seems like me.
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Your insurance will cover this. It will not be a comp claim , but a collision claim. You may have a difference in the deductible , but don't worry, just file a claim, that's why you pay for the coverage.
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Check the policy to see if there's a Klutz Exclusion clause.
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Check the policy to see if there's a Klutz Exclusion clause.
That seems to be in a different spirit than the other replies.
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That seems to be in a different spirit than the other replies.
Nah, you just have to laugh about foibles like these. I did the same thing as you, but not with costly results.
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