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Old 09-03-2012, 07:00 AM   #1
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Tightening spring in awning roller ?

Is it possible to tighten the spring in the awning roller ? Mine has gotten to the point where it needs a little help to wind back up. Just wondered if it had a mechanism in it like a garage door spring. I don't need much more tension, but a couple more pounds would be nice.
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I just did mine. Deployed the awning, no rafters. Unhooked the rear leg from the MH, set it on the ground as I allowed the rafter to come apart. Holding the upper rafter piece in the channel, I rotated the leg one turn to add a bit more preload. Didn't mess with the front one, got enough with what I did.
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Word of caution. The springs are under tension, so know what your doing or you can injure a thumb/finger.
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Some info about ZipDee manual awnings.

I have been RV'n for many years and most of the MHs I owned had manual ZipDee awnings. A couple of months a go I had a problem with my current awning so I called ZipDee for help. In the course of that discussion, I learned something I did not know after all these years. First, the spring should not be wound so tight that the awning rolls up without pushing it some to get it started. That was nothing new, I was aware of that. This I did not know. The roller locking device attached to each end of the roller should not be in the locked position when the awning is deployed. Those locks are to prevent the awning from unfurling when traveling. The ZipDee guy told me the locks may break if actuated in the unfurled position. This may be common knowledge to most MH owners.

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Old 09-03-2012, 10:26 AM   #5
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The tension springs are known to rust frequently. If you have an awning that seems to be loosing tension, it may be rusting to the point the spring is no longer able to hold it's original tension. Point being, a weak one may be trying to tell you it's getting ready to fail? -Al
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