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Old 01-26-2013, 08:50 AM   #1
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Anyone tensioned the ZipDee main awning?

The main awning on our coach is a ZipDee (manual). The torsion spring has so little tension that I have to ask the spousal-unit to stand at one end and push up on the arm while I push on the other end to get it to roll back up. Directions are to roll out the awning, have someone support the tube and disconnect the arm from the coach then use the arm to add tension to the spring. Looks a bit cumbersome but pretty straight forward. Any hidden snares in this process that will bite me?

I miss my Carefree awning.
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if this link works, look here http://awningsbyzipdee.com/media//DI...ebffffd524.pdf
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Found that one and had it printed out. Looks simple, but then again, I seem to find the longest route to an irreversible screw-up when dealing with anything like this.
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I have done it. Just make sure that you follow the directions. Also keep positive control of the thing at all times as you can get hurt. Zip Dee told me to put one turn on for every foot of length and then add 8 more.

If you put more tension on your window awnings be real careful as the bar can get away from you pretty easy.
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Thanks don. I did not completely remove the tension and start over, just added two turns and that helped out. Still not where I want it, but closer and now I know how/what to do.
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