Originally Posted by filterman
Do not grind your retaining rivets on your awning mounting plate with the awning still loaded and attatched thinking it will just sit there untill you are ready to pull it donw and tie off the ends. It will jump off the side of the rig and hit the ground. So much for trying to skip a step. Now to figure out how to reload the springs?? I thought if I tied the ends they would not move, nope too much tension.
Is this a Zip-Dee? If so, when you have everything back together, and mounted back on the trailer, disconnect the awning arm from the end cap, and turn the end cap clockwise one turn for every foot of awning length.Put the cap back into the awning (rafter) arm. You should be good, or at least good enough to see if the cap needs another turn or two of tension. Keep a firm grip on the cap, you really don't want to make a trip to the ER.