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Old 04-26-2009, 02:40 PM   #1
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I have difficulty putting my awning away. The extender arms do not want to fully collapse past the last setting. Any ideas?
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Old 04-26-2009, 02:42 PM   #2
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Try a shot of silicone spray lubricant--that should free them up.
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Old 04-26-2009, 03:50 PM   #3
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I have difficulty putting my awning away. The extender arms do not want to fully collapse past the last setting. Any ideas?
There may be grit in the tubes. We used a cleaning solution (formula 409?) and flushed the tubes with the hose. After the tubes dried the arm going into the tube was siliconed. It really helped. Airstream also has handles that attach to the arm so you can push them outward from the tube.

**Now to those nuts! Be sure to check the acorn nuts on the awning every so often. After this warning a couple of years ago we found some loose and one missing. It would be costly and dangerous to loose an awning on the highway.

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Old 04-27-2009, 04:19 AM   #4
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I took the tubes apart and cleaned them - it appears that was not the problem. The tubes appear slightly curved in the area of the detents nearest the 30 degree bend. Should they be?
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Old 04-27-2009, 06:53 AM   #5
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The Zip-Dee web site is great for info like this. They have an 800 number too. You really speak with REAL people and they are extremely helpful. I don't have any bends in my awning arms.
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I took the tubes apart and cleaned them - it appears that was not the problem. The tubes appear slightly curved in the area of the detents nearest the 30 degree bend. Should they be?
If it is the solid aluminum piece that slides into the hollow square tube. It should be straight, except for the single bend. If it is curved, it has been bent, and is binding inside the hollow square tube.
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