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Old 03-03-2008, 04:15 AM   #1
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Awning "out of alignment"

Hi Folks,

I've just come to open my main awning for the first time this year. It is definitely "out of alignment". The whole thing has moved rear-ward in the slider. Although the answer seems simple, I'm going to resist the temptation to use what we Brits call, "Brute force and ignorance", to push the awning mechanism along the slider mount.

I suspect the method would be to roll out the awning and lock it - then retract the awning bars to take any tension off the mechanism.

Is this correct? Is there a method/trick to this?

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Suggestions gratefully accepted,

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Old 03-03-2008, 05:13 AM   #2
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On occassion, I've had the same issue and have found that the amount of sideways tension whe rolling up the awning with the strp to be the culprit. Unroll your awning and when rerolling it back up, do so with a weave motion of the strap so side tension is shared between left and right. Takes a few times with this in mind but you'll get it. It sure beats brute strength, which is what I used to do.

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It's hard to tell from the pictures, but it looks like the awning has slid to the rear where it attachés to the trailer. There should be a screw into the rail at the front and the rear of the rail to prevent that movement. Roll the awning out and see if it lines up in the rail with the arms. If not, move it forward till it does and lock it in place with the screws. They should go through the rail and the awning to lock it in place.
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Old 03-03-2008, 05:58 AM   #4
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Hi Guys,

looking closely, I saw that the method I described was probably the best so I gave it a try.

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By leaving the support arms on their shortest setting this allowed the awning to bow and take any pressure off the mount. This made the "brute force" necessary much less. I was able to take a small hammer to the point arrowed and give it a few taps. It worked so well I went past the mid point and had to start knocking at the other end to centre the whole thing.I found no screw holes and not wanting to put any holes into an Airstream I left it. If she drifts out again I can do this in 20 minutes.

Thanks for your suggestions,

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Hi Folks,

I've just come to open my main awning for the first time this year. It is definitely "out of alignment". The whole thing has moved rear-ward in the slider. Although the answer seems simple, I'm going to resist the temptation to use what we Brits call, "Brute force and ignorance", to push the awning mechanism along the slider mount.

I suspect the method would be to roll out the awning and lock it - then retract the awning bars to take any tension off the mechanism.

Is this correct? Is there a method/trick to this?

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Suggestions gratefully accepted,

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The Zip Dee slat that slides into the awning rail, "MUST" have a small sheet metal screw installed at each end of the slat, that goes thru the awning rail and the slat.

If not, then the awning can slide out of control.

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Lift up the last flap closest to the trailer and you should find the set screws on either end.
If the aren't there they probably were and were removed or fell out. Holes should still be there. They might be covered up with road crud so you might need a toothbrush to clean things up so you can see.
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