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Old 06-15-2013, 07:37 AM   #1
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New awning install question / opinion

I ordered a new Elite 9000 that was exactly what was on my LY. The problem is the metal shield from the old factory awning connected to the roof rail. Here are pics of what showed up straight off the truck except I slid the roof rail on. If I connect it straight to the metal I will have to cut off a piece. If you look at the old metal shield there is a connector with a gasket on it, and it is not bent/ reuseable. The thing here is why have a shield if your going to have 2 inches of material showing at the top. Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.
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Many awnings use what is called a 'flex key' arrangement between the aluminum cover and the awning rail to allow more flexibility between the connection and allow for an easier installation than aluminum on aluminum will produce. Some don't, but with yours, since you have it, the vertical positioning of the arms is critical to get the flex key in the proper position, per manufacturer specs.

The fabric used for the flex key is usually much beefier that that of the awning itself.
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Old 06-15-2013, 08:57 AM   #3
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Many awnings use what is called a 'flex key' arrangement between the aluminum cover and the awning rail to allow more flexibility between the connection and allow for an easier installation than aluminum on aluminum will produce. Some don't, but with yours, since you have it, the vertical positioning of the arms is critical to get the flex key in the proper position, per manufacturer specs.

The fabric used for the flex key is usually much beefier that that of the awning itself.
The fabric (if you look close) is the same as the rest of the awning. I am thinking I can use this and it can be changed later down the road, "I think"
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Here are pics of the finished product. You will see at the ends where I don't like how it fits but this is how they sent it to me.
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Exactly how it should fit. Carefree of Colorado awnings do not use the fabric below the alumaguard. Zip Dee uses the Flex Key between the awning rail and the aluminum wrap.....but it is heavier material.
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I have the aluminum flex key from the old awning but the rubber seal has deformed over the years. If I were to install it I would have to cut the fabric off under the metal shield. I sent pics to the manufacturer and will see what they say.
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Looks like a good install to me.
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A couple years ago my spacer (Flexkey) ripped and I had to replace it.
It too was longer than my 18 foot awning and I just cut it to lenght and all is fine. I was sure happy to learn I didn't need a whole new awning.
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