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Old 04-02-2006, 07:11 PM   #1
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reinstalling carefree awning

Can anyone tell me the steps to reinstall my Carefree awning? Are the tension cams wound in opposite directions? Do you wind them with the awning in the up or down position?
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Old 04-02-2006, 08:06 PM   #2
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Can anyone tell me the steps to reinstall my Carefree awning? Are the tension cams wound in opposite directions? Do you wind them with the awning in the up or down position?
The procedure is a little lengthy. PM me or better, e-mail me at lew@gorge.net for the full monte .
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I installed a small Carefree awning on the back window of my TT. I used the same proceedure that Zipdee recomends for their awnings. http://www.zipdeeinc.com/RV%20Produc...g-tension.html
I did experment with the tension untill I felt it was correct. This was on a window awning, not a patio awning.
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Old 04-16-2006, 11:44 PM   #4
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While we are at it!
I have a A&E awning on my '72 27' that will not roll up straight.
The awning has not moved in the shell channel or on the roll up tube but it refuses to roll up straight....it is off by "12.
What gives?
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Old 04-17-2006, 12:17 AM   #5
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So VERY thankful!

Sorry to hear of your awning troubles.

Whenever I read a post like yours, I realize again that these little ( or big!) conveyances are really quite complicated, in SO MANY ways. I am blessed ( so far!) with a quite trouble free coach.

I thank my lucky stars every time I walk by SilverToy - she gets a pat now and again too!

Sorry I can't help with your awning troubles, but "Thanks to you!" for giving me a window on being thankful for life, family and SilverToy, again!

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While we are at it!
I have a A&E awning on my '72 27' that will not roll up straight.
The awning has not moved in the shell channel or on the roll up tube but it refuses to roll up straight....it is off by "12.
What gives?
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Mike,

It sounds like you have 2 awning springs and one of them is either broken or not properly tensioned. To do this, you have to very carefully remove the rafter arm so you can turn the fitting to re-tension the spring. If this is like most other awnings, right side tensions counter clockwise and left side tensions clockwise. To be sure they are equal, you have to release all of the tension in both and apply the same # of turns to each.
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Awning tensioning work

Lew -

I want to be sure that I understand this process of awning tension in the bar.

The awning, when it is being repaired, is NOT deployed right? This process sounds very much like getting those roller shades set up correctly, or?

So you disconnect the awning arm and then give the spring a certain number of turns, then reconnect and do same on the other end. Trial and error to getting the tension/ # of turns correct.

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Axel,

When you wind the springs, you can have it deployed if you want. It should not make a difference. I usually have them out and resting on a ladder for stability when I re-wind the springs. It helps if you have another person who can hand you the rafter bar for re-insertion into the end fitting when you are done. Also, if the rafter arm is secure by a rivet (most are by a screw), then you need a rivet and gun handy.

PM me with your awning length and I'll look up the # of turns that it should have.
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Mike,

It sounds like you have 2 awning springs and one of them is either broken or not properly tensioned. To do this, you have to very carefully remove the rafter arm so you can turn the fitting to re-tension the spring. If this is like most other awnings, right side tensions counter clockwise and left side tensions clockwise. To be sure they are equal, you have to release all of the tension in both and apply the same # of turns to each.
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