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Old 09-02-2013, 11:00 AM   #1
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Sewn, riveted, cleaned and now will not lock

I just finished stitching an open seam on the front rail of my Zip Dee, replaced missing rivets, then cleaned the fabric including the cover; now the awning will not roll up into the cover and will not lock. I have always had to push the side arms up slightly to align the locking rollers but now there is no play and I cannot push up the arms to lock the rollers. What did I do?

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Old 09-04-2013, 10:05 AM   #2
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I have found that the upper arms, the ones that slide into the bottom parts, sometimes get dirty and "stuck" after a heavy dew. So the arms resist collapsing into each other and the geometry gets off. As you try to help the awning roll up, it is easy to push too hard and and then add additional bend to the lower arm. When this happened to me, the extra angle shortened the arm, and so the rolled-up awning would not reach its resting place.

I was able to remove the lower piece and gently, deliberately, bend it to take some of the angle out.

Look at yours -is it possible that your lower arms are sticking out just a little farther than you remember they should be?

Sorry for the long post; it may not apply, but I ran into this after my last trip.


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Old 09-04-2013, 10:23 AM   #3
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Two words… Automotive wax. Wax the upper arms. They'll slide more easily.
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