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Old 08-11-2013, 08:50 AM   #29
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Is the part always breaking at the rivet point?
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Old 08-11-2013, 09:56 AM   #30
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All four of mine broke at the rivet.
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Old 08-11-2013, 10:12 AM   #31
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All four of mine broke at the rivet.
Have you tried drilling tne hole bigger on the claw? Maybe the rivet is putting too much pressure on the casting rate her than floating?
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Old 08-11-2013, 10:24 AM   #32
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...or a machine screw and washer?
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Old 08-11-2013, 11:31 AM   #33
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Neither would make the claw fit smugly.
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Old 08-11-2013, 07:45 PM   #34
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Neither would make the claw fit smugly.
The claw on my 1999 is original and not "tight"... Just sayin.
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Old 08-11-2013, 08:39 PM   #35
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Rear Awning supports

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..... I won't even begin to mention how the (optional) rear awning works....though I will tell you that those two supports are very difficult to keep in their brackets. I have a number of dents in the aluminum to prove it...not to sound whiney (well, maybe a little)...
I agree, the rear awning supports need to be re-designed. I also have multiple dents and scars in the aluminum. I've taped up the ends (rubber protective caps have both disappeared), but it makes little difference. I suppose these are designed this way because the back window is also a fire escape?
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Old 08-12-2013, 05:05 AM   #36
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Both of mine look to be fine.
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Old 10-20-2013, 08:48 AM   #37
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Does anyone have directions to replace the claw?
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Old 10-20-2013, 10:03 AM   #38
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Punch out the pin holding the claw arm. Install new arm with new claw attached. Take a small hammer and drive the new pin in and you're done. Make sure you have the new claw facing the same direction as the one you removed..
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Great, thanks!
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Old 02-22-2015, 12:08 PM   #40
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I broke one of the claws in a similar fashion...rolled up the awning at night and didn't get the claw in the right place on the pin. I called ZipDee and they sent a new claw, as well as replacement pins with a larger diameter base...this is supposed to help ensure the claw goes in the right place. I also bought a spare claw...hopefully I won't need it.

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... to have to deal with that roller pin as well, especially if you're on the road and don't carry a punch, a hammer, a vise grip, etc. I...
So I didn't take pictures of the repair I did and a good thing too It was awful. We had a punch, hammer, vice grip and followed the instructions that came with the new parts. The issue was that the pin isn't a solid pin, it's a little roll of aluminum that smashes under the punch and in our case had to be drilled out. It was a two person job (one pulling up on the spring, the other drilling) and took about an hour and left gouges where the drill met the groove in the awning pole.

We left it cracked for our cross country trip in 2013 and it was fine (we hardly ever camped in the same place for more than a night and didn't put out the awning). But shamed by the GREAT ADVICE and pictures in this post we did fix it before our 2014 cross country trip and about three weeks in did deploy the awning and carefully put it back correctly on the bracket. We put in lots of time on dirt roads so if this cracks while stored again, my approach will be to wait until we get home to attempt the fix.
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