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Old 10-22-2011, 11:10 PM   #15
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Hi all,
I've got a 21 ft patio awning, a 21 ft streetside window awning, and 2 3ft window awnings. The only one of these four that has the travel latch, is the streetside window awning. What is everyone's thought about having travel latch on all of them? Thinking about getting rear window awning at some point. Travel latch on it as well?
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Old 10-23-2011, 03:22 AM   #16
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Derek... We have hook latches on the street side and the curb side awning, but not on the rear awning...I don't think a latch is necessary on the rear awning. We also use zip-ties around the curb side awing arms & supports in the closed position, of course ... one high up and one low on each end ... to help prevent an unintended deployment....just in case.
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Old 10-23-2011, 06:30 AM   #17
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Safety awning system

I use a latch pin system as a "just in case" safety.
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Old 10-23-2011, 08:13 AM   #18
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I use a latch pin system as a "just in case" safety.
Nice idea. Just walked out and installed on curb side big one. Belt and suspenders.
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Old 10-23-2011, 09:44 AM   #19
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Hi all,
I've got a 21 ft patio awning, a 21 ft streetside window awning, and 2 3ft window awnings. The only one of these four that has the travel latch, is the streetside window awning. What is everyone's thought about having travel latch on all of them? Thinking about getting rear window awning at some point. Travel latch on it as well?
Thanks, Derek
Yes, yes, yes! I've had my street-side awnings blow open, though the patio awning latches so well (actually a double lock) that I've not seen a need for them. Any of the little guys should have latches. Nothing like the awnings opening up in a 60 mph side wind!
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Nice idea. Just walked out and installed on curb side big one. Belt and suspenders.
I use a velcro strap. Love the security.

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Old 10-23-2011, 10:27 PM   #21
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Ok, so get on the phone with Zip-Dee tomorrow to order the travel latches. I have a feeling that my 21 foot patio awning is missing a center support bracket. Is there a way to know if mine should have one? I do have some sort of bracket about midways on the coach, but no arm is there. Have a feeling that I'm missing some parts, lol.
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PS, I'll get pix and post everything tomorrow. Guessing that since the patio awning hasn't been used in so long (told it was broken when I purchased moho) that some parts have gone MIA.
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Old 10-24-2011, 09:05 AM   #22
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Thumbs down Zip-dee factory install....

It took 5 seasons but I finally found the problem....

Couldn't figure out why the rear lockdown wheel wouldn't stay secured, and the fact that the awning rolled up slightly cockeyed. After loosing the lower portion of the rear support arm I noticed this...three inches off plumb was just enough.
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Old 10-25-2011, 07:18 PM   #23
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I use a latch pin system as a "just in case" safety.

Dwight, where did you find your latch pin system? Looks like a great idea!
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Old 10-25-2011, 07:24 PM   #24
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These are the pins used by many farmers. They can be found at any farm store and many hardware stores for less than $1. Mine are plated and last about 3 years before they start to rust. I have not found any cheap stainless ones yet but I think Marine stores might have them for more $'s.
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Dwight, day off today, so I'll get out and start looking for the latch pins. Sure there is a Marine store close by, I'll have to think about where in my metropolitan area that a farm store would be, lol.
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Old 10-26-2011, 07:16 AM   #26
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I have been having trouble getting my big awning to rollup properly. It will be two or three inches too far forward sometimes and you can't fasten the locking clamps with the little wheels. Last time we used it I had to mess with it for several minutes to get it to roll up right. I think the problem is that some of the screws in the awning cover where it hooks to the trailer are not there and the whole assembly moves around. Has anyone else had this problem?

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Old 10-26-2011, 07:21 AM   #27
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Missing screws mean there is an open hole to the interior of the trailer. It is a big leak just waiting for the next rainstorm to cause big problems. Fix it immediately and use lots of sealant to make sure it does not do $'s of damage. You might also have a problem in alignment if the support arms are not in proper position as in picture above.
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Very good idea with the latch pins! I use a pair of velcro straps.
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