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Old 09-25-2012, 08:04 PM   #1
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After reading some horror stories about rv awnings coming loose while traveling I thought it was time I do something about mine. I remember seeing a post about someone using a gate latch for this purpose. Today I bought one and installed it. I must say it was much easier than I thought it would be. All I had to do was drill two holes and that was it. Johnhttp://www.irv2.com/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif
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Cool idea I like it
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Simple is good, nice job.
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Do you put something in the hole to keep the latch from flipping up? That would be my only worry. Nice job.
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Do you put something in the hole to keep the latch from flipping up? That would be my only worry. Nice job.
The lock pin keeps the tube from rotating.
It matters not what the latch does, if the tube can't rotate, the awning can't open.
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Do you put something in the hole to keep the latch from flipping up? That would be my only worry. Nice job.

I guess you mean the hole in the gate latch. You know I haven't had a chance to see if it stays in place or not while traveling. I thought about that too and if it does I will have to put something in the hole and climb the ladder and remove it to let the awning down. I still think that would be better than awning coming loose.
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Do you put something in the hole to keep the latch from flipping up? That would be my only worry. Nice job.

I guess you mean the hole in the gate latch. You know I haven't had a chance to see if it stays in place or not while traveling. I thought about that too and if it does I will have to put something in the hole and climb the ladder and remove it to let the awning down. I still think that would be better than awning coming loose.
Yes, that's what I was talking about. I have a similar lock that I purchased the puts a pin in the side of the awning roller. I've seen some others that people have devised with velcro, but you have to have a pin (as you do) solidly locked in that awning roller to keep it from unfurling. I was only thinking maybe bouncing down the road might cause it to unlatch itself.

Looks like it'll work well.
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How do you slide and unslide the pin once installed? With your awning stick or do you need to haul a ladder ?

I'm wanting DH to build a safety pin like this as I don't trust my 18'to not unfurl if I'm in crosswinds but wasn't sure how to access it.
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Also did you drill a hole to line up w the latch?
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Also did you drill a hole to line up w the latch?
Yes you can unlatch with the awning stick. I just installed this last week and haven't had a chance do any testing. I don't know if it will stay latched while traveling so I may have to devise a lock, bolt, or something to keep it latched. If that is the case I would have to climb the ladder. When I drilled the hole in the end of the awning tube I noticed I just missed what looked like a rib inside the gray end cap. I don't know if that would have made any difference. I think the gray cap is just thicker in spots, ribs. John
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Thanks! I'm going to get DH too look at this on the weekend I just got home from a dog show with the MH and I always worry about the awning unfurling and that is a mess I don't want to deal with, especially since I'm usually solo on these jaunts

I LOVE my 18' of awning for keeping the dogs shaded and/or dry (depending on weather) but with it being that long I notice there is a lot more play in it than when I had my 14' awning on my smaller rig so have been looking for a reasonable solution to ensure that the roller is truly locked tight
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I bought one of these for my Sportscoach:



Here's the link:

Save Your RV Awning with an RV Awning Travel Lock!

It works in a similar manner, but is spring loaded which means it can't come unlatched, and you can unlatch it with your awning rod. I really like mine. It was $40 bucks.
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I installed this in the 5/16" fabric hole that was already in my roller. I used a salvaged CB base antenna arm, bent to fit and covered with some clear plastic hose. Mine is a newer awning that has the anti-unfurl mechanism, but I still don't trust it. I an hook/unhook it from ground level and use it to pull the opening strap.



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The "Awning Stick" is itself an "Awning Lock" ! Just insert the Hook End into the Accessory Hole and attach the "Pull Down Rod Ring...Stick" to the Awning Rafter with a Bungee or a Velcro Strap.
No Need to add any additional Hardware to fiddle with!
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