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Old 05-22-2010, 11:35 AM   #1
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awning removal

Hello Everyone!
It's been a while since my last posting. My wife and I recently returned from a camping trip in Cherokee, North Carolina. We had a good time there. I got to do a little trout fishing. We stayed at a beautiful campground called Indian Creek campground.
When I tried to pull out my awning I saw that it is badly warped. I couldn't get it pulled out. It looks like it is going to take at least two to three people with ladders. Anyway, I believe that the tube is what is bent. Is there any documentation of how to remove the long awning on my 86' 345 airstream? A complete detailed set of instructions would be lovely. If it is the tube, can it be straightened? Are there any things I should beware of during disassembly or things NOT to do?
Well, just wanted to say thanks in advance.

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Old 05-22-2010, 01:13 PM   #2
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Bent awning rolls must be fairly common. The ZipDee website has instructions on how you can straighten it while still attached to the RV.
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Old 05-23-2010, 07:22 PM   #3
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Thanks, AZFlycaster. I will try that when I can get some help to assist me in this task. This is exactly what I think is wrong with mine. I just hope I am not kinked.
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Old 05-26-2010, 08:36 AM   #4
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Our awning was stuck in the open position at the balloon festival 3 years ago...the Lewster rolled it back up with some gigantic goosenecks(yep, now I have a pair)...the main concern would be the spring, as it's a potentially harmful thing to mess with...m
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Old 05-26-2010, 10:34 AM   #5
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Our awning was stuck in the open position at the balloon festival 3 years ago...the Lewster rolled it back up with some gigantic goosenecks(yep, now I have a pair)...the main concern would be the spring, as it's a potentially harmful thing to mess with...m
Goosenecks? Maybe a photo?
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Old 05-26-2010, 11:46 AM   #6
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Yep, goosenecks...

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Goosenecks? Maybe a photo?

Posting a photo is much harder for me than typing...and typing is a chore...goosenecks are the angled pliers, and the pair I bought weigh about 5 pounds...GREAT tool to talk yourself into, and invaluable if you don't and need them...
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Posting a photo is much harder for me than typing...and typing is a chore...goosenecks are the angled pliers, and the pair I bought weigh about 5 pounds...GREAT tool to talk yourself into, and invaluable if you don't and need them...
Perhaps something like Channellock pliers or their copies? I have a pair of these, 480 - 20.25 inch BigAZZ® Tongue and Groove Plier @ Channellock, and they are great!

Another plus is that I haven't found a jar lid that I can't open with them yet.
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What's in a pair of pliers?

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Perhaps something like Channellock pliers or their copies? I have a pair of these, 480 - 20.25 inch BigAZZ® Tongue and Groove Plier @ Channellock, and they are great!

Another plus is that I haven't found a jar lid that I can't open with them yet.

OK, ...Channel lock is good, and more appropriate than gooseneck...you win...m
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Old 05-26-2010, 08:06 PM   #9
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Just to give an update:
I got the awning unrolled. It took three of us to do it. The awning was severly bowed. I wasn't really able to rest it on two people's shoulders to bend it. but I managed to get it bent anyway. However, the awning didn't want to bend exactly like I wanted it to. It seemed like it bent o.k. but wanted to bend between the left end and the midddle. From the right end to the middle is still a little bowed. Go figure? Anyway I went ahead and left it unrolled and used some WD-40 on it to kind of lubricate it temporarily until I can go buy some silicone lubrication to put on it. I am going to wind it back up in a day or so before the rain comes. It sure would be nice if there was an easy way to remove it and bend it correctly on a flat surface.
Anyway, thanks for the suggestions.
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OK, ...Channel lock is good, and more appropriate than gooseneck...you win...m
Well, it wasn't about winning. I was just wondering about how you handled the attached large geese?

Seriously, I was drawing a blank on goodneck wrench. But, now that I know what you are talking about, I can see it. Kinda.
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Awning Help Also!!

I don't know if this is the correct thread to add on to, but you guys seem to have the scoop on the Zip Dee's. We just got back from a trip to Fredericksburg, Texas for the Memorial festivities and when we got ready to leave my curb side awning was very difficult to roll up. It wasn't bent or bowed, it was just extremely difficult to roll up. Where as before the spring would take it up with vengence, this time I had to manually turn the tube, and as you can imagine it was pretty sloppy. Any suggestions?
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Sounds like you will need a new spring...m
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Is that a difficult part to replace?
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Old 06-02-2010, 10:40 AM   #14
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I replaced mine last summer. Easy. I unrolled the main awning. detached the arm on the left from the trailer. Mine was broken, so it had no tension on it. You drill out a rivit on the roller that is in about 50 " and then pull out the spring mechanism. You then insert the new mechanism. Rivit it back to the roller and attache the arm. You then wind it up about 30 revolutions and reattach it to the trailer. Zip Dee had a complete set of instructions that were easy to follow. I just gave a summery and I know that my numbers are not accurate, but you get the idea. It took about an hour.
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