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Old 10-05-2012, 07:52 AM   #15
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Had that problem. Not as dramatic since I think the spring was already broken when I bought the trailer. The awning did flop open when we first tried to tow it. Only the spring tension holds it closed. I did something with ropes and managed to keep it closed for the 500 miles home. Then I took the awning off of the trailer. If you are not comfortable pulling it now it is not too hard to disconnect the arms, take out 1 stop screw, and slide the metal parts apart at the top end of the awning. You will need 1 or 2 ladders and a helper. Not too hard to change the spring. You do need a drill and pop riveter and the parts from ZipDee. I took the whole main tube out of the canvas. Not sure you have to. Put the new spring in. Be careful winding it up. This is a sorta dangerous operation on even the little awnings if it hits you in the face. I also had a little problem in that part of the new assembly ZipDee sent me was defective. One of the bearing surfaces galled and stuck. (maybe that is what they mean by "stiffening" sitting around?) I had to use part of the old spring system on one of my awnings. Long trailer with 2 awnings on the roadside. Both bad. The big main awning is fine. I would guess the spring is broken. Iron spring in very rusty conditions. I had 2 broken.

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Old 10-05-2012, 08:10 AM   #16
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To avoid the possibility of a major blow, be careful if you take the spring end apart it is completely unwound.

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Old 10-05-2012, 09:00 AM   #17
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It's broken. Uncoupled the arm that Zip Dee said and gave it a few winds - no pressure at all.

Off to find the nearest hardware store.
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Old 10-06-2012, 06:55 PM   #18
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If you ever find yourself in this situation. I used plastic coated steel cable. Rolled the awning up and wrapped it around one head then used a small cable clamp on it. Extended the cable up over and ran it the length of the gutter. Pulled it tight and cable clamped it to the other head.

I pulled out early due to the neighbors that moved in late last night. Got her home with no problems. Thanks for the suggestions...!!

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