I have very little confidence in my awning due to an unfortunate accident that occurred when I opened it (first time) and didn't realize the bolt was missing in the rear head. It snapped the claw bar and hit me in the arm. I was alone and head to put it back together without the aid of having a ladder or support under the awning. Big pain. Replaced the claw arm, didn't notice that I didn't get the rear main arm bar all the way into the head and the replacement bolt I put in was not through the hole in the head... needless to say, the same thing happened again while I was on the road in Florida.
Live and learn. I got another claw arm since I broke the replacement in the second "accident" and got the bolt correctly placed through the head. I now can use my awning but am so paranoid I don't feel comfortable until I roll it up again. Maybe I will eventually gain some confidence but when the wind comes up or I leave, I roll it up.
In addition to a about a four week repair on my arm, two claw arm replacements from the factory (shipped second-day air...) I now have a working awning and a lot of respect and knowledge about this item.
2006 Safari 28' SE (Sylvia) 75th Anniversary Edition
2010 Toyota Tundra 4x4