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Old 06-06-2013, 01:26 PM   #1
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'76 Argosy Awning Question

I bought a 1976 Argosy 26 last year and am doing some restoration to it. It came with the curved awning arms and roller tube (carefree of colorado) but no canvas..I would like to put a new canvas on it this year but am unsure how it works..meaning there is no lock on the roller tube..so what holds the awning in position when extended?..if someone could shed some light on this for me it would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-06-2013, 01:33 PM   #2
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The roller has a strong spring in it. When the awning is extended, the spring is in significant tension and the awning is held out by the main arms and secondary arms pushing against that spring tension that is trying to roll it back in.

It's still under some tension when the awning is rolled all the way in, but not enough to keep it there so there are travel locks to hold it close to the body of the trailer.

Here's a photo of mine extended that may help you understand what I'm writing about:


Both the main arms and the secondary arms have "lock" screws to hold them to the length you set. There's a little stop riveted into my main arms against which the secondary arms push. It's pretty straightforward once you've done it or seen someone else set it up, but it's a bit different from the way ZipDee does it.
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Thanks..that helps..ALOT...doesn't look like it can be done by just one person..can it?
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It can easily be done by one person, but you do it in stages.

Make sure it's loose from the travel locks.
Hook the strap (should be in the center for furling the awning) with the hook/handle you should have and pull slowly. This will unroll the awning fabric, the roller will end up down around waist level.
Hold the roller down while you go to the front or rear arm, you can extend the arm about halfway to where you'll finally want it and then tighten the set screw, then extend the secondary arm so that it pushes against that stop set into the main arm, and tighten its set screw.

The awning will now stay down... move to the other main arm, extend it out to where you want it, tighten the set screw, extend the secondary arm so that it pushes against the stop with enough pressure to hold the awning fabric a little taut. Tighten its set screw, then repeat on the other end that you only extended about halfway in the first iteration.

It does go faster with 2 people, but not that much.

When furling the awning, slide that strap back to the center of the roller. If you're working on your own, lower the arms in 2 stages like you did when raising them. Hold the assembly down by hand until you get back to the strap, then slowly let the spring roll up the fabric. If yours is like mine, the travel locks on each side will bump against the catches and not allow it to roll all the way up, so you have to go to each end to slide the locks up above the catches, get it completely rolled up, then work the locks down on the catches and tighten the set screws

Remember the normal awning advice, leave one end a bit lower than the other so if it rains (or your AC drains improperly) the water will run off instead of pooling. Consider rolling it back up at night or if you're leaving the trailer for a long period, because strong winds can cause problems. The arms of these are much stronger than ZipDee arms, but the attachment points to the trailer are not so wind can still do damage.
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Thanks again DKB..you have been a tremendous help..
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