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Old 03-25-2016, 10:44 AM   #43
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Assume a 23' would have the same rubbing as larger?
Are you sure you're opening the awning correctly? I started this thread when I first got my AS and I wasn't opening the awning all the way, so the door was hitting the awning. I watched the video on YouTube and saw I wasn't extending the rafters and support arms all the way. The video really helped and now the door barely touches the door if it's raining and the awning sags. Otherwise, it's fine.

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Old 03-25-2016, 10:57 AM   #44
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I was thinking of when the awning is not fully deployed due to wind, etc. that it might be nice to have the door roller.
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Old 03-25-2016, 11:07 AM   #45
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WBCCI caravan people recommend you cant the awning to prevent puddling of rain. The rain will spill out the back. Roller hardly hits in that circumstance.
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Old 03-25-2016, 11:08 AM   #46
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So is the roller a good idea just in case?
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Old 03-25-2016, 12:15 PM   #47
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Simple YES.
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Old 03-25-2016, 08:04 PM   #48
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I went up to Bay Area AS today and did not see one door roller installed. Also, all the AS with awnings open did not rub on the door albeit they were fully open. Additionally, Service didn't seem to think they were needed. Guess I will see how it works out and decide later.
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Old 03-25-2016, 09:27 PM   #49
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I would highly recommend a roller. There are times, for whatever reason, that you might have the awning deployed but not have it fully extended up. Like when you are deploying the awning, someone is in the trailer and not paying attention to what you are doing, and tries to exit the trailer...... That roller coming in handy just one time is well worth it.


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Old 03-28-2016, 06:22 AM   #50
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I STRONGLY recommend never putting the awning up with both arms fully extended (on the fourth hole) and the awning level because if it rains any significant amount, the fabric will sag, water will collect and the weight will collapse the awning and bend the s**t out of one or both arms. Don't ask me how I know this

If you deploy the door end at 4 holes and the opposite end at 3 holes, the door will normally not rub with a dry awning. However, as it gets wet (even though it drains fairly well due to the slant) the fabric will sag slightly and you may rub.

If I am going to leave the awning up in steady rain for any length of time, I lower the one side to 2 holes to provide a more extreme slant to make sure water doesn't collect. On every trailer I have owned or seen, the door will rub in that position.
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One other caution. On my awning the slot/gap where the claw arm fits on the pin next to the roller tube is very narrow. I once raised one end all the way up and it levered the other arm enough to crack the claw. I now raise one end 1/2 way, then the other end all the way, then go back to finish raising the first end. I don't know if the newer awnings have the same tight tolerance as mine. Or if they have the travel lock mechanism on the end of the tube, which I think contributed to this issue. But worth checking out.
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Old 04-05-2016, 07:00 AM   #52
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This is what the awning door roller looks like from Zip Dee. This is intended to allow a door to gently roll under an awning that lightly scrapes the top of the door when opening. It is not intended to address the issue of a door being blocked by the awning at the 2/3 or 1/2 way open point. It sounds to me as someone has previously indicated that your awning is not being fully extended.
I have to install a door roller (received one from Zip Dee) because the door rubs the fabric with the awning properly and fully extended. I am nervous about drilling holes in my new 28' FC and want to make sure I get it exactly where it needs to be.
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Here is a picture of our Avion that shows where the roller is placed on the door. It will give a good idea of where to mount it. Notice that it is placed high on the door, just below the upper frame of the door. (When you are viewing the picture, you can enlarge it by pressing and holding the Ctrl key, then press the +/= key)
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Does anyone with a 23 have trouble with the door rubbing the awning? Rethinking the door roller again!
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Old 04-05-2016, 04:50 PM   #55
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Does anyone with a 23 have trouble with the door rubbing the awning? Rethinking the door roller again!

Only if I unintentionally and negligently forget to run the extensions all the way to the forth hole.
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I'm the one who started the thread and it turned out my problem was not extending the rafters and supports all the way. Watching the Zip Dee video on YouTube really helped me. My door barely touches the awning, mostly when it's raining. When the awning is dry there is no problem. I'd say if you watch the video and you're doing everything correctly, then you might have to install a wheel.

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