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Old 07-15-2012, 06:38 AM   #1
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Replacing Awning Strap

My 2005 Holiday Rambler Ambassador has a awning over the entrance door. The pull strap broke and I can find no way to replace it. The groove it slides into is covered on each end by the cap. There is no groove in either cap for the old strap to be removed or the new strap to be installed. Anyone ever run into this? How did you replace the strap?
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Old 07-15-2012, 06:45 AM   #2
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Bought new strap at local dealer. Comes with pop rivets you'll need a drill a drill bit and a pop rivet tool. I'm not sure it's the best fix but it worked.
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When our main awning strap broke, we had the same problem. Our solution was to use a drill at the end of the groove to made an access hole allowing the old strap to leave & the new one to enter. I used a 3/8" drill, smaller may have worked. Since the path the straps have to follow is a curving one, the strap base will not come out on its own. Be sure to file the access hole edges smooth so that it does not cut the awning fabric. All told it took less that 15 minutes to do the switch.
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Old 07-15-2012, 06:56 AM   #4
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At the end of the slot. Drill a bigger hole in it, so the strap will fit and slide in.
Sorry I was typing this when another poster was faster, with the same fix.
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Old 07-15-2012, 07:10 AM   #5
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When our main awning strap broke, we had the same problem. Our solution was to use a drill at the end of the groove to made an access hole allowing the old strap to leave & the new one to enter. I used a 3/8" drill, smaller may have worked. Since the path the straps have to follow is a curving one, the strap base will not come out on its own. Be sure to file the access hole edges smooth so that it does not cut the awning fabric. All told it took less that 15 minutes to do the switch.
Thanks, I thought that might work. Will give it a try.
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Did you drill the access hole in the cap or did you enlarge the groove?
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Old 07-15-2012, 08:25 AM   #7
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I did the same thing with the drill and DID NOT drill all the way through. I kept trying and when I could get the strap to go in I stopped.. I just kind of used the tip of the drill..
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Old 07-16-2012, 08:44 PM   #8
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I did the same as others on window awnings as well as the awning over the door. Enlarged the groove about an inch wide or until I could remove the old awning strap and insert the new one.
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Old 07-16-2012, 08:50 PM   #9
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All mine have been just a slip in through the hole in the end cap. We have A&E 9000 manual awnings and shades.
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On our 04 Dip. I used a dremel and extended the groove far enough to install the new strap. Good luck!
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Old 07-21-2012, 03:11 PM   #11
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Okay, completed report. I use a 9/32 drill bit. On the right side of the tube, I came in about 2 inches and drilled a hole into the groove the strap slides in the depth of the groove. Cleaned the burrs up with a small file. Slide the old piece of the strap over to the hole and use a small pick to start the old piece out. Took a pair of pliers and pulled the old one out. Started the new one into the hole and using pliers, pushed it into the groove. Took about 15 min. and works like a charm. Thanks for the advise.
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My A&E 9000 awning lock rod is 5/16" and fits the strap hole/grove perfect.



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