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Old 06-15-2014, 05:15 PM   #1
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I have a 1976 26' Argosy and my extension arms are frozen shut. Is there any way to free them or do I need to replace them. The rest of the awning is in great shape. I already tried spraying liquid wrench between the arms for a week and trying to separate them with a come along to no avail.

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Old 06-15-2014, 06:41 PM   #2
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P B Blaster at an auto parts store or CorrosionX spray might be a bit better than liquid wrench.
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Old 06-15-2014, 06:46 PM   #3
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Hopefully its not a case where the arm is bent and shoved in the square tube, that's nearly impossible to separate.
Are you certain the locking.g pins are free and allowing the 2 pieces to move independent of one another?
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Old 06-15-2014, 06:55 PM   #4
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The locking pins seem to be working fine and the arms are not bent. When in spray the liquid wrench in there it does not want to seep in. It looks like they may be fused together.
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If you can't get them apart, how can you know they aren't bent?
Same question goes with any corrosion?
You might be able to remove the claw end components and drift it out with a little persuasion. Just don't get anything else stuck in there!
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Old 06-15-2014, 07:24 PM   #6
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they are definitely not bent and i put a lot of force on it with the come along. I think they might be fused together.
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on my former trailer one arm had bent and been forced together to stow the awning. over time in addition to the friction an aluminum growth developed in there that made it difficult to separate. i won't recommend my method repair but if i had it with me i would have used a slide hammer. a lubricant for aluminum should help.
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I would suggest an little persuasion with a heat gun or a hair dryer to the outer arm. If possible try this with the arm off the trailer and in a vise, protecting the surface with rubber or cardboard to prevent damaging the surface. When heated try tapping one end with a hammer with a piece of wood on the metal, very lightly at first just to make movement, then insert some lubricate wait a while for it to work and continue on. Patience is the key. Good luck.
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My money is still on bent and stuck !
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Old 06-16-2014, 01:58 PM   #10
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Awning type

Gary, What brand awning is it? When was the last time you had it opened up? Are there any locking knobs thru the outer slider arms that might be holding the inner slide in the locked/closed/stored position? Just a few possibilities. Ed
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It is a Zip Dee and I have never opened it as it was stuck when I got the unit three years ago. There is no other locking mechanism other than the release knob at the top that I can see. I'll to take some pictures in the next few days if that would help.
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You have the travel latch unlocked, right?
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Yes, I can unravel the awning all the way, set the rafter arm and then cannot extend the awning in the up position.
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Bent, bound, stuck, unless you have been through a caustic truck wash and the stuff didn't drain out.
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