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Old 08-26-2012, 05:48 PM   #1
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Carefree pull strap - how long?

How long should the pull strap on a curb side awning be? The awning material is about eight feet. I'd think it would need to be longer than the awning material in order to be rolled up at an angle and in order to be grabbed with the hook.

I'm starting from scratch here. My awning didn't have any material or strap on it when I bought the trailer. I ordered new material and it arrived without a pull strap. No problem, I'll just make one. How long?

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I can't answer your question, but my recollection is the ZipDee OEM strap is too short to roll up at an angle and stick out to be grabbed with the hook. I also recall you are better off reaching up (stand on a stool) with your hand to grab it as the hook is awkward. I think the first time we rolled up the awning we had trouble getting the strap to stick out despite the instructions. Maybe the Carefree is different.

We hardly ever use the awning, so my memory is from last year's one or two times.

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If you want to roll it up with a slight angle or taking it back and forth as it's rolling up (so it doesn't create a lump/bump in the rolled awning), it will need to be slightly longer than the length of the material from the trailer to the roller...so that you will have a tab hanging out when it's closed. You can always shorten if it is too long the first time around....so better too long to start than too short.
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Thanks Gene,

I could think I don't want the strap overly long to flap in the wind. But it would seem like I could adjust the length to a degree by the amount of the angle to the wind up. On the other hand, I don't want to design something that takes three people to put up.

The ready made Carefree straps are 91" long. The measurement from the roller to the top rail is 93"+, so I can't see that working very well.

Maybe others will post too . . .

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If you want to roll it up with a slight angle or taking it back and forth as it's rolling up (so it doesn't create a lump/bump in the rolled awning), it will need to be slightly longer than the length of the material from the trailer to the roller...so that you will have a tab hanging out when it's closed. You can always shorten if it is too long the first time around....so better too long to start than too short.


That makes sense. The only challenge to having to shorten the strap when it's installed, would be having to hand sew the loop back in the end. That wouldn't be the worst job I ever did.


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