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Old 01-14-2012, 10:04 AM   #15
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I believe there is a YouTube clip made by the President of Zip Dee demonstrating how to fix this.
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Old 01-14-2012, 10:53 AM   #16
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Went to RV Show here in Tampa, FL yesterday. Several seminars, one guy said this about awnings. "If you're leaving for the day, roll it up. If you're going to bed, roll it up. This way you won't have to worry about rainstorms and heavy winds destroying your awning."
Double ditto; nothing like waking up in the middle of the night as a weather front moves in and you realize you left the big awning out.
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Old 05-22-2012, 07:37 PM   #17
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anyone have a bent roller tube that they worked with. Where can I get a replacement or a similar tube from a local steel supply shop ? It's a 3" 18G galvanized tube ??in long (I haven't measured it yet). hope my pics attach...

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Old 05-22-2012, 07:55 PM   #18
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I actually had pretty good luck, after several attempts and a LOT of studying the awning. Of course I did replace the lower bar and tube, but I was able to get the roller tube back to 95%. The real problem was getting all the bits readjusted so the whole assembly rolled up so the "turnbuckle" lock slots line up exactly when the awning is retracted. I had an issue where the edge of the protective slat was rubbing on the road lock tab. After studying and studying, I realized that both lower support arm rods were bent at just a little too much of an angle. A little flattening with a rubber mallet had everything just right.

Had to get creative with how to bend the roller tube back. Finally found the secret way to do it by myself.
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Old 05-22-2012, 07:58 PM   #19
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anyone have a bent roller tube that they worked with. Where can I get a replacement or a similar tube from a local steel supply shop ? It's a 3" 18G galvanized tube ??in long (I haven't measured it yet). hope my pics attach...

Oooooo, mine wasn't nearly that bad. Don't think you can repair it. Zip Dee sells them for $7.95 per foot.....but the shipping will kill you! I'm spoiled, I'm only about 30 miles from their plant.
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Old 05-22-2012, 08:14 PM   #20
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anyone have a bent roller tube that they worked with. Where can I get a replacement or a similar tube from a local steel supply shop ? It's a 3" 18G galvanized tube ??in long (I haven't measured it yet). hope my pics attach...

When spring is tensioned is there a stop inside tube if so may be problem with tube from steel supply shop
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:02 PM   #21
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I was able to straighten mine with it on the trailer. Put the bow aligned to the support kickers and blocked them with 2 x 4's and then put the bent tube under my armpit and gently nudged it out with short forceful bounces. It still works and its been about 7 years ago. PS I didn't have the bottom supports out all the way.
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Yup. Price os 7.90/ft + 25 for shipping tube + shipping fee +/- 300.
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Old 05-24-2012, 12:01 PM   #23
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Cool bent awning tube

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Yup. Price os 7.90/ft + 25 for shipping tube + shipping fee +/- 300.
had to replace mine, even though the bend wasn't to bad, couldn't get it straight, and $300 was the number for the tube.
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Old 05-24-2012, 04:09 PM   #24
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If any of happen to be passing through the Chicagoland area, the Zip Dee rep also told me they could do a complete bend, reshape and adjust the whole setup for about $100 an hour, and it takes about 1 to 1.5 hours. Parts, if required, would be extra.
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Old 06-23-2012, 02:26 PM   #25
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Bent Rafter Arm Bar

Last month I was sitting under our main awning in the desert when a sudden, unexpected, renegade dust devil lifted one end of the awning and bent the rafter arm bar and put a slight bow in the arm tube.

Upon return home, I ordered the appropriate replacement rafter arm bar and tube from Awnings By Zip Dee (See details in my posting, "Desert flowers and devils".)

I installed the new rafter arm bar and tube.

The slight bow in the old rafter arm tube self-corrected itself when the bent rafter arm bar was removed from it.

Larry used a Black & Decker Workmate workbench vise and PVC pipe to straighten the bent arm bar. The photos below were taken after he straightened the bar and are presented here to show how he did it.

First he placed the bar on the flat workbench surface to check for straight (true) bar alignment and used a marking pen to mark the bent section.

He marked the bar in 3 places and placed the bar in the workbench vise at the 1st mark for bending with a PVC pipe (See post below).
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Bent Rafter Bar Repair (continued)

A PVC pipe was used as a lever to gradually straighten the bend. The bar was advanced into the vise to each succeeding mark and the PVC pipe was applied until the bar was straightened and easily slid into the arm tube.

Now we have an extra rafter arm bar and tube on hand for that next dust devil!
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