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Old 10-03-2009, 08:06 AM   #1
1981 31' Excella Limited
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Awning Clamp Assembly

The clamp wheel on our Zip Dee will not budge. The trailer is an 1981, 31 ft Excella. The assembly worked in 2008. Any suggestions on how to turn this wheel? I have tried liquid wrench to no avail. If we need to replace the assembly do we need to go to Zip Dee? I do not see this assembly on their web site.

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Old 10-03-2009, 08:59 AM   #2
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I believe ZipDee will send you anything you need, they sent me that clamp wheel/threaded rod a couple years ago. They have a GREAT service department. I bet if you apply more leverage to your wheel, it will come loose.

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Old 10-03-2009, 10:05 AM   #3
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We had this problem with ours, I wrapped the wheel in an old towel, grabbed the wheel with a pair of channel lock pliers, and twisted. It came off the bracket, wheel, rod, and all. After I got it off the trailer, I put the rod in a vise, and continued turning the wheel. After it unscrewed, I an a tap through the wheel, and a die over the rod, and reinstalled it using a new roll pin.
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Old 10-03-2009, 10:55 AM   #4
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Try Channel Lock pliers or a small pipe wrench.

You might also try TIGHTENING it to break the threads loose, if it is the threads that are bound up. The wheel could be stuck to the area into which it screws.
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Old 10-03-2009, 07:45 PM   #5
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Thanks for all your ideas.
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