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Old 06-17-2017, 05:00 PM   #1
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Awning Lock

Purchased the pin style awning lock.
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My awning has a aluminum wrap section like this awning..
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The front end of the aluminum wrapper extends over the area where I need to drill a hole for the pin. The rear is fine but the front seems like the optimal placement for the lock. Anyone else run into this?
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Old 06-17-2017, 07:57 PM   #2
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It is meant to be installed on the rear arm, not the front
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When you install it make sure your RV is level and the awning closes correctly. I install one on mine about three years ago and the biggest problem I have had is to remember to unlock when deploying the awning. I have a carefree awning with that medal shield.
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Old 06-17-2017, 09:31 PM   #4
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Installed the same lock after the awning unfurled from heavy winds by Palm Springs. Once installed worked great also provides piece of mind while underway. By the way all the advise listed above is correct.
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I would think that on either end it is going to perform as intended
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I did install mine on the front
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Yeah, i guess it wouldn't matter which end it's installed. The roller tube is so rigid, locked is locked. My awning is electric and my concern is with forgetting to release it before opening awning. Not sure if the motor would tear itself up?
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Unless the awning extend/retract locking ratchet pawl breaks, it's impossible for an awning to unfurl when the lever is left in the retract position.
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Unless the awning extend/retract locking ratchet pawl breaks, it's impossible for an awning to unfurl when the lever is left in the retract position.


Ray, that may be true for a manual awning, not electric ones. And many on here have shared experiences with manual awnings unfurling in high winds..
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Don't think it should be installed on an electric unit.
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Don't think it should be installed on an electric unit.
and why is that?
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Yeah, i guess it wouldn't matter which end it's installed. The roller tube is so rigid, locked is locked. My awning is electric and my concern is with forgetting to release it before opening awning. Not sure if the motor would tear itself up?
It wont tear the motor up.... at least on the one time it tried to retract it... I just put a sticky note on the switch that reminds me, I figure a few times of unlocking and locking it, it will be muscle memory
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Don't think it should be installed on an electric unit.
Yes they are.

And yes it should be installed on the trailing end of the awning.

I've attached a PDF instruction sheet and a picture of ours installed.

I also made a 5' "L" handle out of 3/8" all-thread with a hook on the other end to unlock & lock the unit from the ground. I also taped the hook end to protect the coach JIC it slipped while putting it in the lock ring. I keep this handle in the storage bay.
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After studying the awninglock.com website FAQ, the lock can be used front or rear. Rear is used in their example because the locking pawl on the manual awning interfered with the installation.
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