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Old 06-22-2016, 10:36 AM   #1
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OK, got our awning from Marti and installed for first time today (in driveway). My 68 Safari had the channel to slide the awning into however, it was in poor shape, screw holes, tar and dents/dings so I spent a morning working a bolt (with the head removed and a "wing" welded on so I could tap it along) cleaning an reshaping the channel. Worked OK but more difficult than it should be. I will order and install a marine pulley but feel I need to lubricate the channel as well. I saw on here that one person used WD40, any other suggestions on a lube to use?

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I used spray silicone on mine.
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Old 06-22-2016, 01:27 PM   #3
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WD-40 is reportedly 70% kerosene. It's a good anti-rust agent but not so great as a long-term lubricant as it tends to get "gummy" and attracts dirt. For your application a silicone or dry lube may prove more useful.
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I suggest McLube:
http://www.rvplus.com/mclube-sailkot...FZWMaQodHyAH2A
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What is a Marine Pulley and how do you install that to help with awning installation? I would like to add one of these awnings to the Caravel.
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What is a Marine Pulley and how do you install that to help with awning installation? I would like to add one of these awnings to the Caravel.
Many folks install a cheek block pulley at the end of the awning rail (like this http://www.westmarine.com/buy/harken...-block--253336) and use a rope to pull the awning through the rail.

However you can achieve something similar (not quite as elegantly!) using a eye-bolt and pulley (available for less than $5 at most hardware stores. Take a look here https://youtu.be/McBT_6nw4RM
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