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Old 08-21-2007, 01:13 PM   #1
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Main Awning Question

The other night we got 9 inches of rain, and I woke up to a miniature pond in the awning (I did have one side of the awning tipped down for drainage, but to no avail). I have one helluva time retracting the awning now, because the weight of the water bent the main roller. Any suggestions on getting the roller straight again? Thanks in advance for the replies.

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Old 08-21-2007, 01:53 PM   #2
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there IS a procedure for straightening the roller if it has a slight bend. try the zip dee site or search here. i am 1500 miles from my manuals.
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Old 08-21-2007, 02:09 PM   #3
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hi frederic...

basically the awing is rolled up until the bend is on the high side...

then while 2 strong folks support the roller ends, another person grabs or hangs from the high spot...

a graphic of this is included in the newer manuals and the details are spelled out...

at the z/d web site.

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please take pictures and post them when you do the deed.

these will be fun AND useful to view...

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I have bent two support arms within the last year from forgetting to lower one arm or to retract the awning altogether. I now keep a spare under the sofa.

I didn't know you could straighten the roller once it was bent. In process photos would be appreciated.
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Old 08-21-2007, 03:10 PM   #5
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2air,

For a second, I got the "hey, put your tongue on this frozen metal pole" vision, but I followed the link to Zip Dee and saw you weren't goofing. My neighbors are going to help me this evening. I'll take before and after pics. Thanks.

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hi frederic...

basically the awing is rolled up until the bend is on the high side...

then while 2 strong folks support the roller ends, another person grabs or hangs from the high spot...

a graphic of this is included in the newer manuals and the details are spelled out...

at the z/d web site.

Awnings By ZipDee

please take pictures and post them when you do the deed.

these will be fun AND useful to view...

cheers
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you can also use two "a" frame ladders. you should have someone watch from a distance to avoid over-bending.
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Old 08-21-2007, 04:13 PM   #7
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I had a bow in my boom that I tried and tried ti straighten using the zip dee method, but it was only after I took the boom off, placed the ends on sawhorses, and bounced on top of the boom thay I got it straight. Hanging like an ape just didn't do the trick.
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Old 09-01-2007, 02:41 PM   #9
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Well, it happened again last night.....30% chance of rain in Texas means 100% apparently. Middle of the night lightning and thunderstorm. I wasn't getting up for anything. I woke up to the awning bent again. Seeing how I forgot to take pictures last time, I took them this time. Here are the results. You can see the sag in the awning in the first picture and how it's more taut in the second.

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Old 09-01-2007, 03:48 PM   #10
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Simple Procedure

As simple as it is to deploy and retract the awning, storing it before leaving or bedtime is the only thing to do. When you are not under it, what purpose is it serving for you? Sorry for the "bends." Hope it is easy to repair.
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Old 09-01-2007, 04:49 PM   #11
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You might reconsider the angle that you lower that awning arm by. Just making one side lower by one stop on the arm is really not adequate when you get a good storm. It will pool faster than it can run off.

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Old 09-03-2007, 09:00 AM   #12
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Jack, I dropped the one side down another two notches, and it worked perfectly. I thought that dropping it one notch would be okay, but this Texas rain comes down quick.

Silverhobby, It's only me living here for right now, and retracting the awning every night is a pain in the kiester. The repair was extremely easy and, with Jack's suggestion, I shouldn't have any more problems. The only time I plan to retract the awning is when there's a lot of wind.

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Old 09-03-2007, 09:24 AM   #13
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With my AS in a state of permanent overhaul I extended the zipdee awning for weeks at a time this summer certain I would not be there to retract it when the rains finally hit. What I did do was lower the tongue jack a couple of inches from level - it worked like a charm, the weight built up enough to lower the downhill edge and automatically dump 6 or 8 gallons at a time as the fabric shifted with the weight build up.

I went out after dark in the rain to attend to it, negotiating the maze to get under the awning, and had it relieve itself as I ducked under the downhill support arm - had I dawdled half a second more I would've been drenched.

I know its not the wisest plan but it sure worked well in this instance... The awning is well protected by buildings, vehicles and another trailer so straightline winds were not an issue.
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Have you considered retracting the awning at night?
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