ZIP DEE ONLY
Originally Posted by easyride
While we`re on the roller tube,is it possible to remove the springs and cut off a tube? thanks Dave
The spring is in the rear of the awning roller tube, ONLY.
do anything with the awning until you release the tension on the spring. That's done by carefully unwinding it using the rear arm as a lever.
It takes two people to do that, in order to be safe.
Extend the awning completely. Set up the front arm as usual.
Release the rear arm where it attaches to the near bottom of the coach. Trailers and motorhomes both use the same procedure.
Stand rearward of the arm, holding the rear arm tightly, unwind the spring by turning the arm counter clockwise, slowly but again carefully.
If you allow the arm to get away from you, it will rapidly spin and cannot only maim a person, but if it hits you on the head, it could kill you.
That's the reason for using two people. One to do the unwinding and the other to hold the tube at the rear, since it will not have any mechanical support.
Once the tension has been release, you can tinker with the awning as you wish.
If you wish to shorten the awning, cut it at the front, never the rear.
You must count the number of turns as you unwind the awning, so that you can put the same amount back in, when your reinstalling the awning.
There is a formula of the number of turns you use, and I will post that this Monday.
Dealing with a bent awning tube varies from easy to near impossible, depending on the approach you take. Again, reshaping the tube, is a two person job.