How old is your awning when I had to replace a spring on the front side of my awning 2001 they had changed the latch workings. You may have the older type. The older type had a little coil spring that rusted out and wouldn't hold the latch in place to roll up. I rebent the spring so it worked so I now have a spare. Can you take a piece of duck tape to old the latch to the roll up position then when it's up take the awning rod and remove the tape. May work till you decide to take it all apart again.
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