I think it will only work one way, i.e. you want the springs under tension when the awning is unrolled and open. To do this, I believe the ratchet needs to be in the OPEN position, like you are pulling the awning down to open it. (I think??)
1999 Fleetwood Southwind 35S (Ford F53 6.8L V10 275hp 4R100 4 spd trans) - Toad 2003 Saturn Vue.
It won't do MACH 2, but I can get a sandwich and take a pee.