Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 03-02-2007, 10:19 PM   #1
3 Rivet Member
 
gparker's Avatar
 
1970 31' Sovereign
Denham Springs , Louisiana
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 120
Bent awning roller repair

Has anyone successfully straightened a bent awning roller using Zip Dee's method? How much would I have to pay for a new one-- about 25 feet long?
Thanks,
Greg
__________________

__________________
gparker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2007, 06:45 AM   #2
Rivet Master
Commercial Member
 
lewster's Avatar
 
Vintage Kin Owner
Naples, FL , Hood River, OR
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 7,282
HI Greg,

I've attempted to straighten at least a dozen roller tubes with little success. I will usually remove the roller from the fabric and arms and place it on saw horses, then use a come-a-long to provide slow, constant downward pressure on the center or the tube. Sometimes yes, mostly no!!

The shape of a tube does not lend itself to being straightened by this method. I would suggest replacement.

Tubes are not that expensive. pricing depends on the length of the roller and freight to get it from the factory to you. PM me if you need more info.
__________________

__________________
Lew Farber...ABYC Certified Master Marine Electrician...RVIA Certified Master Tech ...AM Solar Authorized Installation Center...AIRSTREAM Solar & Electrical Specialist...Micro Air 'Easy Start' Sales and Installations
lewster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2007, 07:19 AM   #3
Rivet Master
 
1994 30' Excella
Mississauga , Ontario
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 939
Hi Greg,
If there is any kink in the roller tube then straightening is out of the question.
I had a bow in mine and removed 99% of it by using ZipDee's advice.
Then six months later I left it open and guess what? It poured and the tube buckled.
Now I have a totally new awning thanks to insurance.
Al
__________________
BigAl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2007, 07:38 AM   #4
Rivet Master
 
enduroryda's Avatar
 
1994 21' Sovereign
Down on the corner... , CT
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 994
Images: 9
You might want to check into a local machine shop. My son ran over the end of our awning tube after I had it apart for repair and literally flattened it. My friend took it to his shop with the end cap and got it almost perfect. He also took the bend / bow out if it using his machines. This is a pic of the before... It wasn't too bad but my husband and his buddie couldn't get it any better than what you see using the zip dee method.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	roller1.jpg
Views:	277
Size:	61.5 KB
ID:	33357  
__________________
Ann & Eric
WBCCI 6274
TAC CT-4
NEU
enduroryda is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2007, 11:59 AM   #5
Round on both ends
 
SafeHarbor's Avatar
 
1979 31' Excella 500
1975 28' Argosy 28
Rutledge , Georgia
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 783
Images: 39
I've done this to my awning roller three times so far, and I need to do it again. The trick is to get a little skinny dude in the middle, and then do just a little tug and see if it rolls up smoothly. When it does, STOP and don't mess with it anymore.

Lamar
__________________
1975 Argosy 28 "Argosy"
1979 Excella 500 31 "Betsy"
1992 Lincoln Mk 7 LSC
2003 Dodge 2500 Cummins "TowHog"
"Lucy Loosehair" the cat - Airstream mascot
Klaatu barada nikto
SafeHarbor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2007, 10:25 PM   #6
3 Rivet Member
 
crestonrv's Avatar
 
1948 16' Wee Wind
1964 26' Overlander
2007 19' Bambi
crossville , Tennessee
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 172
Images: 7
Blog Entries: 5
cost of tube is about the same as freight now days I think 6.00 per ' real cost is labour. straightening is a waste of time if you value yours.wether rain or fatigue is cause will bend again as soon as loaded. 6' step ladder in center of bend,clamp bottom of bend down 2 guys gently bounce ends down untill straight you may need to shift ladder but no need to take anything loose.then install and use center support and roll up if it is going to rain, cloth fabric awns will collect water even with a leg down especially older ones.
__________________
crestonrv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2007, 02:01 PM   #7
3 Rivet Member
 
gparker's Avatar
 
1970 31' Sovereign
Denham Springs , Louisiana
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 120
I have tried the Zip Dee method with the ends supported by ladders and me hanging in the middle and have gotten nowhere. I also am havinf=g trouble with the awning fabric pulling out of the metal cover where the awning meets the trailer. Got it back in and re-crimped it like Zip dee says, but some came out again as soon as I opened it. Im thinking new boom and new fabric; I understand one can get the fabric already attached to the first strip of the cover.
Greg
__________________
gparker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2007, 02:24 PM   #8
Rivet Master
 
enduroryda's Avatar
 
1994 21' Sovereign
Down on the corner... , CT
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 994
Images: 9
I didn't slide the fabric out of that crimped channel....I slid the whole metal cover out of it's channel that is mounted to the top. WD it really good ...let it sit and give it a good go with another person helping you. You might need to use a rubber mallet to get it going but be sure to use a block of wood so you don't hurt the soft aluminum. One more thing....I believe there are about 4 set screws holding the rail in place that need to come out also on the bottom side.
__________________
Ann & Eric
WBCCI 6274
TAC CT-4
NEU
enduroryda is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2007, 04:35 PM   #9
Aluminut
 
Silvertwinkie's Avatar
 
2004 25' Safari
. , Illinois
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 10,334
Ol' Norby is gonna need to do this too...I'm gonna PM him this thread. Perfect timing!
__________________
Computers manufactured by companies such as IBM, Compaq and millions of others are by far the most popular with about 70 million machines in use worldwide. Macintosh fans note that cockroaches are far more numerous than humans and that numbers alone do not denote a higher life form. -NY Times 11/91
Silvertwinkie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2007, 04:57 PM   #10
Retired Moderator
 
john hd's Avatar
 
1992 29' Excella
madison , Wisconsin
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 4,644
Images: 40
i told norb just to drive to the factory and buy a new one. he can just toss it on the roof rack on the van!

then he can make a nice festivus pole out of the old one!

john
__________________
you call them ferrets, i call them weasels.
john hd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2007, 06:03 PM   #11
Aluminut
 
Silvertwinkie's Avatar
 
2004 25' Safari
. , Illinois
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 10,334
Quote:
Originally Posted by john hd
i told norb just to drive to the factory and buy a new one. he can just toss it on the roof rack on the van!

then he can make a nice festivus pole out of the old one!

john
'Nuther good reason to have another rally at Norbs....nothing like some beered up guys trying to replace a zip dee!
__________________
Computers manufactured by companies such as IBM, Compaq and millions of others are by far the most popular with about 70 million machines in use worldwide. Macintosh fans note that cockroaches are far more numerous than humans and that numbers alone do not denote a higher life form. -NY Times 11/91
Silvertwinkie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2007, 06:43 PM   #12
Retired Moderator
 
john hd's Avatar
 
1992 29' Excella
madison , Wisconsin
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 4,644
Images: 40
i'm game, let's put in his 30 amp service at the same time.

perfect time for a bon fire!

john
__________________
you call them ferrets, i call them weasels.
john hd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2007, 03:28 AM   #13
1 Rivet Member
 
rustic_kilo's Avatar
 
1969 31' Sovereign
Chateauroux , Indre
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 16
Fix

Quote:
Originally Posted by gparker
Has anyone successfully straightened a bent awning roller using Zip Dee's method? How much would I have to pay for a new one-- about 25 feet long?
Thanks,
Greg
I worked on mine the other day after a high wind bend, was bent real bad in the middle, enough to crack the aluminun when I tried to straighten it out! I just cut out two small aluminum plates, curved them out to the same radius of the roller and riveted in place on both sides, works Ok but this is just a temporary fix, I know it won't last for years!
__________________

__________________
rustic_kilo is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Zip Dee Awning 63 Safari Awnings 8 07-17-2006 07:49 PM
'78 Sovereign Awning Joan D'Andrea Awnings 6 01-03-2006 08:34 AM
awning repair ALANSD Awnings 1 01-09-2003 06:52 PM
Bent Door Repair Road Ruler Doors & Locks 6 09-02-2002 08:27 PM
Awning Repair cesurman Awnings 0 08-16-2002 12:57 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:47 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.