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Old 09-10-2015, 12:34 PM   #1
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20' awning and a micro burst..ouch!

Last Saturday I was sitting out under the awning on the phone then lightning struck and I went into gear to get the awning in. Got the middle arm in and got the back arm when suddenly it got real windy with rain. I ran to the other side and fellow campers came running. The awning did get rolled up haphazardly but both claw arms broke and all seams popped.

We are in the process of what and where to go for repair or replacement. Would it be safer to just remove the claw arms remaining parts to travel instead of tape and bungees? The locks look ok.

Thanks for any suggestions and warnings

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Old 09-10-2015, 01:47 PM   #2
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You can still use the awning with the broken claws, you just need to position the broken part over the roller as you ratchet it out.
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Old 09-10-2015, 01:54 PM   #3
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One arm does not seem to be spring loaded anymore. Just do not want them tangling on the road to get parts or awning replaced.

Will be interested in Progressive's appraisal since it is a 2001. Zippdee says these awnings last 30 or more years.
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Old 09-10-2015, 02:00 PM   #4
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I also have progressive, curious how they respond.
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Old 09-10-2015, 02:06 PM   #5
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Will post what happens. So far very helpful.
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The seams on what popped?
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Old 09-10-2015, 03:30 PM   #7
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All of the vertical seams on the fabric of the awning not the AS but it did get a little dent but did not pierce a hole.
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They popped because the thread is rotten....My 1995 awning looked perfect. I pushed on a seam and the threads popped like a zipper. I just took my awning off this summer and had an upholstery shop restitch all the seams.
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Old 09-10-2015, 06:16 PM   #9
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I appreciate that but I was outside during this whole micro burst storm. Why did the claws all break off? Not an experience I ever want to have again. This storm lasted about 3-4 minutes and many others that were inside said their trailers rocked. I am at AMZN in KY with 50 other campers. This was terrifying to say the least.
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It sounds like you had one arm fully in and one fully extended. The steep angle probably put the claws in a bind.
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Old 09-10-2015, 07:48 PM   #11
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That is probably true. The wind blew the side I left to get the other in so yes guess that is why.
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The claws seem to be weak points. The ones they use now are drastically different and weaker than the ones they used to use. I always keep them un attached when putting the awning in and out.
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Old 09-11-2015, 07:34 AM   #13
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We will have new ones in the future. Good tip.
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we have a 2015 that the claws broke on the second trip just putting it up. we live near zip dee and they suggested having extra claws and also the part they latch on the to. cheap dollars and we now have extras. they will and do break
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