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Awning install on 2014 23D International part #2

Posted 09-17-2018 at 07:51 AM by GMFL

With the Rail now riveted in place, I used painters tape to mask off a straight line for caulking. Caulk the top edge of the awning rail with Sikaflex and smooth/“bed the bead of caulk with your finger. Once you remove the tape you get a nice straight line.
Mounting the awning arm hardware was the same process using the measurements that Zip Dee provided in the instructions. The mounting rivets and hardware were provide. Drill holes in the appropriate locations from measurements provided, apply a small amount of Sika flex down in the holes drilled, hold the awning arm brackets in place and use the supplied Olympic rivets to mount in place. ( side note, Any Sikaflex that squeezes out from under awning rail or around rivets, can be removed and cleaned with mineral spirits and a soft cloth.)
Now is where you really need some help (extra set of hands) the next step is simply sliding the awning "Bead" into the awning rail channel while preventing the awning from hitting the side of the trailer.
Next connect the awning arms to the awning roller and charge the awning spring the proper number of turns by turning one of the awning arms clockwise (15-17 turns for mine) and once “charged” bolt the awning arms into the awning arm lower brackets previously mounted to the side of the trailer.
Once all that's done for the street side awning use the pull tab cloth strap to locate the appropriate mounting spot for the retention hook up to the side of the trailer. Do this by simply hooking the hook into the retention strap and swinging it towards the trailer until it makes contact with the trailer wall with the awning fully deployed.
The last step once everything is mounted an in-place, close the awning against the side of the trailer and adjust the top of the awning so that it is centered in place and the awning arms go straight up-and-down do this by sliding the awning bead inside the awning rail channel until everything looks nice and square. Once that is done Zip Dee provides 2 set screws in which you screw through the awning rail channel into the awning bead on each end pinning everything in place and preventing the awning from sliding or moving.
This was not very difficult to do as long as you take accurate measurements and have the courage to drill holes in your trailer. A extra set of hands for help is a must for this project.
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