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Old 05-31-2016, 01:39 PM   #15
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Personally after checking that the awning wheels are locked tight and secured... I also secure the awning arms near the top and halfway down with six inch bungee ball cords like those pictured here...

ww.amazon.com/Kotap-BB-6B-Bungee-6-Inch-25-Piece/dp/B00DPLM5YU?ie=UTF8&keywords=bungee%20ball%20cord&q id=1464714457&ref_=sr_1_2&sr=8-2

Over kill? ...maybe... but, better safe than sorry I say...
I got mine at Walmart, all black, but same size. The PO used them and advised me to do the same.

Your link didn't work. I think this is what you had:
http://www.amazon.com/Kotap-BB-6B-Bu.../dp/B00DPLM5YU
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Old 05-31-2016, 02:00 PM   #16
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And if I don't have an assistant.. how do I reach that screw? Mine is really loose in the back. Just keep waiting for it to fall off.
You could use a rope and a tent stake or some other stout structure to hold it open for you.
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Old 05-31-2016, 02:11 PM   #17
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Jeff, replace it. Our first Airstream, a 1998 Safari did not have a retention hook. While traveling through the Dakotas in a severe cross wind, the cloth awning was pulled out from under the articulated cover, and ripped to shreds.
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Old 05-31-2016, 02:48 PM   #18
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Call Linda at Zip Dee. She'll get you the hardware you need.

I lost the Hook (not one of the two wheel clamps, but the hook), and she sent a new replacement fast.
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Old 05-31-2016, 03:08 PM   #19
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Mrprez's 2014 and my 2014 have the same issues with the hook screw loosening while traveling.

It is very awkward to get a philips screwdriver to tighten and hold the hook from spinning, when trying to tighten it. You need a ladder, for sure, and the awkward nature of needing BOTH HANDS to do the job, leaves you helpless otherwise. Help is suggested.

Unroll the awning just enough. Too much and your arms are not long enough to hold the hook and philips screwdriver to tighten. Great test of anyone's patience.

Lock tight may work, but I might try something more permanent and look at a longer bolt and add a nut. It is chronic if you do nothing else, but tighten the bolt.

When I screw securely both 'wheel ends' of the awning, I have no idea how it would unroll while moving. It would be a surprise to me that the hook holds the awning from unrolling. I am going to check that out later today. Maybe someone can explain to me how that could happen.
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Old 05-31-2016, 03:37 PM   #20
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Our 2002 25' has only one hook towards the rear. It rotates with some resistance… yours should too. A loose hook will not remain clasped and will eventually fall off. Tighten it's replacement enough to create resistance. Thread lock helps keep it that way. Peening the screw end will prevent it from unscrewing too.
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Old 05-31-2016, 04:42 PM   #21
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It looks like it would be hard to reach.


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Thanks a bunch to all concerned in this discussion. I am about to launch for a planned trip and will definitely check the mechanism involved (noticed one of the two hooks rather loose last season) and will use something to secure the awning arms while in route.

I think I'd replace a lost hook unless experience convinced me the suggested alternative securing methods were adequate.

Thanks again.
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Thanks every one for all the input. It's amazing how much more I learn here than from the dealer. I have a replacement hook on the way from zip dee, and will probably use one of the supplemental methods to secure as well.

One thing I'm still a bit unclear on are these "wheel clamps" people have mentioned. Are they on all zip dee awnings? Where are these?
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It is very awkward to get a philips screwdriver to tighten and hold the hook from spinning, when trying to tighten it. You need a ladder, for sure, and the awkward nature of needing BOTH HANDS to do the job, leaves you helpless otherwise. Help is suggested.

Unroll the awning just enough. Too much and your arms are not long enough to hold the hook and philips screwdriver to tighten.
Try using a pair of vice grip pliers to free up one hand. Grip the hook lightly with the pliers amd then use some duct tape to secure the pliers in place on the awning shroud.

A stick through the latching hole of the hook taped to the shroud should also keep the hook from turning


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I lost mine, used zip ties until got into the dealer, now always use zipties on trips, also continuously use velco wrap around arm braces as a standard practice. A poor design that should have been corrected years ago.
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Old 06-01-2016, 07:46 AM   #27
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MNJeff, your awning has two "hooks" where mine had one, plus wheels, which also secures the awning to the trailer.

I lost my "hook" the last time out, and called Linda @ Zip Dee. She sent a replacement kit.

Yours is easy to get to. You'll need a ladder to replace the "hook".

Made sure you use the 3M Sealit(?) liquid included in the kit she sends. Coat the inside of the "hook" and threads of the bolt before you screw them together.

Make sure you've got the awning down, and you place the "hook" on the top and the screw underneath.

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Thanks every one for all the input. It's amazing how much more I learn here than from the dealer. I have a replacement hook on the way from zip dee, and will probably use one of the supplemental methods to secure as well.

One thing I'm still a bit unclear on are these "wheel clamps" people have mentioned. Are they on all zip dee awnings? Where are these?
Watch these instructional videos... they show the "wheel clamps".

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