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Old 11-05-2010, 02:20 PM   #29
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Mello Mike,

Yup, that is the one I watched, probably about six times. First of all, that little trick about folding up the tie strap to keep the roller from rolling up does NOT work on my trailer. Thank God I held on to an inch of the strap or I never would have seen that strap again. The instructions are nice and clear however and at least I know what it takes to get the rafter arm to click. I will try dznf0g's idea with the step stool next to see if with a little height I can get some more heft into the action. I am considering a bubblewrap headband to keep the darn thing from cracking me on the skull again.

The thing that gets me is that the video is done with a nice new awning and a big guy to go through the motions. I want a more realistic one with an older awning and a 110 pound woman doing the maneuvers. Throw in a little breeze while we are at it. Now we are talking reality tv.

Perhaps I could teach both my labs into holding the tie strap down, together they at least outweigh me, while I fiddle with everything but I can hear the conversation that would go on between them during this escapade.

Mike rolls his eyes to Vige with a big smile and mumbles out the side of his mouth, "Why don't you let go first?"
Vige: "No, you let go first and then I'll drop it and run like hell."
Mike: Heck no, don't run, let's watch mom roll up in the silly thing. Ready, on a count of three...."


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Old 11-05-2010, 04:55 PM   #30
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Originally Posted by dznf0g View Post
I do it alone always. Rather than spearing the rafter arm, I place a small step stool below the end of the roller, I walk myself daon the roller tube, step up on the stool facing the trailer, and sharply pull the rafter arm to
click it in place. There is something about the height and my build that just doesn't allow be to spear it with any strength.
I pull on the arm rather than spear it too. I can't "spear" it all, but do just fine by using my weight to pull it all the way out (like the guy in the video does)


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Old 11-05-2010, 05:03 PM   #31
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just be careful you don't fly off the stool. my trailer rarely had the owning out for the first 12 years and was a bit hard to open. each year it gets easier. i guess the tension soften if it gets used. a damp towel is helpful in keeping a grip on the arm, especially after you spray it with silicone ;-)
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Old 11-05-2010, 05:17 PM   #32
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I think the stool method will work, being careful of course though now that I think of it, one time out in the woods a friend helped me get the awning open and went home. I spent the weekend and on Sunday I tried everything to get that awning down alone, could not get that rafter arm off the roller. This was pre-silicone maintenance being done on it. I even pulled the Explorer up next to it so I could brace my foot in the window and tug on it. The sun was going down and wind was on the way. I had to call my friend back and promise a heck of a lot more than a Corona to get them back out to the woods and dismantle it.......
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Old 11-05-2010, 06:58 PM   #33
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Carol, your adventures w/the awning are classic. Keep em coming. You write comedy AND are a great painter.
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Old 12-18-2010, 03:22 PM   #34
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Back to the lubricant. I had a ZipDee representive come to my trailer at the International in 2008 and check my awning and show me how to use it. He strongly suggested the wet Silicone lubricant. I use it faithfully. Over time it really worked. Also had to deal with slight bent or damaged arms with a little straightening and a fine file.
Got another trailer with 2 broken awning springs. Will be replacing the springs as soon as I can get the order for them place.

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