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Old 07-20-2019, 02:00 PM   #15
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Mine just came off while camping last week. It works fine without it! (as someone said, it's probably there for our "protection."

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Old 07-20-2019, 02:41 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Hans627 View Post
I'm referring to the aluminum rod used to reach the awning lathers and to turn the awning wheel

Somehow I lost the little red plastic tip that goes on the end of the rod. Does anyone have an idea where replacements could be purchased? Or has anyone come up with alternative to the plastic tip?

I received 4 from Zip Dee last year. They were terrific and responded right away. 🥰 The email address is:

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Old 07-21-2019, 10:12 AM   #17
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Jackson Center had heavier duty black ones a few years ago. We think of it as preventing us from scratching the trailer.
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Old 07-22-2019, 05:57 AM   #18
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I sincerely appreciate all the great suggestions. Many of which I had not thought about.

I am at the Internationally Rally in Doswell and when I saw ZipDee had a vendor booth I just asked if he happeded to have any of the red tips. He gave me one free.

And I know you don't "need" to have it but all it takes is one slip and you have a scratch on the AS. A friend of mine kiddingly said he should just take a ball peen hammer to it to minimize my worry about scratches. I told him there are plenty of scratches but I'd like to minimize the self induced ones!

Again, thanks!
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Old 07-22-2019, 05:54 PM   #19
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If you or a friend has some Plasti-dip, just dip it a few times. My son a welder/fabricator made me a new one that is only 30 inches long and dipped the ends in plasti-dip. The shorter one is much easier to store.
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Old 07-28-2019, 09:58 AM   #20
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I lost the plastic tip for my awning rod as well, which turned out to be a good thing. Now I use the rod as a campfire stirrer as well. The plastic tip cover was completely unnecessary for pulling down the awning strap.
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Old 07-28-2019, 10:57 AM   #21
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Several wraps of duct tape work just fine too.
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Old 07-28-2019, 11:02 AM   #22
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Since the red cover is only on the 'L' of the hooker, why or how does it keep one from scratching the AS skin? Mine fell off and I never replaced it. Hooker works fine. Yes, you can scratch the skin if you don't manage the stick while working the awning.

BTW, I use my Zip Dee hooker to do a lot of things around the camp like pulling the stab jack pads out, retrieving some bag or box from under the AS, and if your stinky slinky hides inside the black tube...well you know what I'm talking about.
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Old 07-28-2019, 06:13 PM   #23
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We're from Vermont so of course the solution is hockey tape. Not slippery and grips well. Glad we finally got a small return for our investment in our kids' hockey dreams.....

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