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Old 06-23-2011, 07:06 PM   #1
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Awning Adjustment

The last few times I've used my main awning, it hasn't been closing all the way. The main arms are supposed to fit over the stabilizer arms, but they are not "seating" over them correctly. I'm not sure if I'm describing the situation properly, but the bottom line is that the awning is not closing all the way. It's as if it is not rolling up straight. Does anyone know if there are two tension adjustments, one for each side, or one for the whole awning?
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Old 06-23-2011, 07:51 PM   #2
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The awning fabric, is it acrylic or vinyl? I have some trouble with mine as well (A&E 9000), doing the same thing. Was told the acrylic fabric was to blame and not much could be done about it. Just unroll it and try again?
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Old 06-23-2011, 10:10 PM   #3
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mine too. have to ask for help to push on the arm going towards the back while it's rolling up to get it seated. pita
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The Fabric is Not positioned right at the Roller (Extended) End. Try Pulling it one direction or the other to get it to Roll up Correctly!
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Old 06-23-2011, 10:24 PM   #5
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Rob is correct. It seems like the fabric moves in the groove of the front roller causing the awning to roll up off center. I usually put a rope around the extension arm and slightly pull in the direction to center the awning(not the fabric) over the lower arm.
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I have the same awning and have had no trouble.
There was a thread on this forum recently talking about the importance of having the pull down / up strap fairly close to centered when unrolling and rolling up the awning .
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[QUOTE=96 Wideglide;886929]I have the same awning and have had no trouble.
There was a thread on this forum recently talking about the importance of having the pull down / up strap fairly close to centered when unrolling and rolling up the awning .[/QUOT

I always try to center the strap, I've also experimented with off centering it with not much success. Maybe I'll try the rope trick. It sounds like a common problem that has nothing to do with spring tension. Thanks for all the responses.
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Old 06-24-2011, 06:41 AM   #8
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I have the same awning and have had no trouble.
There was a thread on this forum recently talking about the importance of having the pull down / up strap fairly close to centered when unrolling and rolling up the awning .[/QUOT

I always try to center the strap, I've also experimented with off centering it with not much success. Maybe I'll try the rope trick. It sounds like a common problem that has nothing to do with spring tension. Thanks for all the responses.
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Yup, same here (strap centered or off to one side makes no difference, fabric centered or offset - offers no consistency when rolling up).

Mine is older ('93), but still in very serviceable condition. I think the problem is in the loose weave of the acrylic fabric. It's simply not as stable as the vinyl. For those not familiar, with my awning unrolled you can move the roller a good foot from front to rear without wrinkling the fabric. It'll stay right where you leave it. The vinyl would never do that, wrinkling as you try then returning to center as soon as you let go. This is the source of the evil as it's rolled up I believe.

I may try some Scotch Guard or some type of waterproofing treatment. Been thinking about that for a while. Something that might bind the fabric enough to allow for some consistency while rolling it up. Otherwise this will be my last acrylic awning. It's nice (quiet), and still good looking, but it's not worth the hassle. If I own it long enough to need replacement, I'll go vinyl.
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Could that have something to do with my issue of when I try to open it , the back does want to break free from the top. I found that if I roll the strap up 2ft from the sticking end sometimes it will unroll like its supose to. It's a 18ft awning.
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If I make sure the pull down strap is centered when I put the awning up it always rolls up with the arms in alignment and they slide over each other as they should.

I used a black marker to make a mark in the center of the bottom arm so I always have the strap in the center when it goes up.
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I too had this problem. Measured the distance from top and bottom brackets. Found there was 5/8 diff. Moved top bracket over. All good.
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With a new 1 year old next month 21' A&E 9000 hardware and awning.
I just measured and the pull strap is always within +-3" of being centered when putting up.

I have even marked the awning position on the roller where it rolls right.
Before rolling up I check and move fabric if needed.
Even then it doesn't always set right every time.

I try taking down and up a couple times until I give up.
And just go up on the roof after it is rolled up with a 2 lb hammer and move it over where it goes.

That has worked for me.
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With a new 1 year old next month 21' A&E 9000 hardware and awning.
I just measured and the pull strap is always within +-3" of being centered when putting up.

I have even marked the awning position on the roller where it rolls right.
Before rolling up I check and move fabric if needed.
Even then it doesn't always set right every time.

I try taking down and up a couple times until I give up.
And just go up on the roof after it is rolled up with a 2 lb hammer and move it over where it goes.

That has worked for me.
The awning fabric is supposed to be secured at the top by a couple of screws through the fabric into the metal slot. Is yours done that way and is the fabric centered at the top?
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I found if you slide the fabric on the roller grove when it is out it can be done ! move from side to side and you will figure out when it is right to roll up straight try a little each way When you are done My awning man put a self taping screw into each end of fabric on the roller so it wouldn't slide any more and no more problems ! The fabric just moves with the wind a little and then it won't roll right!! but screws stop that!!
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