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Old 05-15-2006, 04:46 PM   #15
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i'll get to it this week...

just need a break in the rain! don't want to roll the awning up wet ya know!

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Old 05-22-2006, 02:47 PM   #16
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"Roller plate" - What is it?

Hello Wac et al -

Sorry, the digital is down again! When the electrons allign and the planetary gravity fields return to previous levels, I'll take and post photos.

What is the Roller Plate you spoke of and that ZD is sending you? Is this in essence a 'plate' you add to the roller tube where the center support goes into the tube?

I'll have to look but I seem to recall (not good to rely on memory here!) that there is a small plate in my roller tube where in the CC pin is supposed to go. We are having 40+ MPH wind Gusts right now so the awning will stay rolled up. I'll look tomorrow and report back.

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Old 05-22-2006, 03:20 PM   #17
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Not entirely on the subject, but what I find interesting is that the 25' Classics (newer Airstreams) have the center support rod, yet the 25' other models don't. Length of awning seems the same and not that I think there is a problem without one on the 25', just found it interesting.

I guess I shouldn't cause when I worked with the factory and a dealer when I spec'd out our current Safari, they both questioned my request for the 15k BTU A/C unit with the Comfort Control System on my 25' Safari, but did it for an upcharge. I recall asking what was so magical about the 25' Classic that the 15k BTU A/C unit was an option for that, but not on the 25' C Safari? There was no real answer to be had, except, "well that's a Classic".....even though it was the same size RV......

Anyway the answer I belive to your question is that it helps support the awning. If you had one, I'd replace what you need to get it back since without it, you'll have either a broken exposed piece or holes from the screws they sunk into the side to mount it. Replacing it will most likely be the best option so it looks as though it never happened.
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Old 05-23-2006, 03:16 PM   #18
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So nobody really answered my question why on my roller bracket the middle hole is so small. Is this intended to be drilled out to size by the user to match the pointed end of the center support pole?
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Old 05-23-2006, 04:00 PM   #19
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I also have that similar pole and find it tough to get into place on my awning. Then when it IS in place, it won't hold appropriately at all. In fact, with the slightest movement in the roller tube - CRACK!!!!!!! - it SLAMS into the side of the trailer. Self retraction!

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Tell me about it - I have several little "beauty marks" on the side of my trailer where this has happened, some by me, some by the PO. It seems like it has to sort of ratchet into place, but "just so". Seems like the way it's worked best is to have the awning at the height you want it, then insert the pole and apply tension to the pole until it clicks into place.

wacnstac - with the awning fully unrolled, you'll see the bracket/hole plate where it should be, and the diameter of the hole should be consistent with the size of the pin on the end of the pole. You shouldn't have to drill out anything - unless for some reason your inner pole isn't original to the awning. Initially yes, this is an odd and far from optimal angle for the awning. It isn't until you extend the end poles out to create the optimum height/angle that you'll want to extend and insert the center pole - which also serves to keep the door from dragging on the awning fabric. If you make sure that this pole is the last piece to go up and the first to come down, you should have few problems going forward. I would recommend to anyone that applying a strip of foam tape to the end or maybe some kind of small, rubber bumper might help alleviate some dents and cuts to property and person. I'd imagine that upper pole swinging down could seriously hurt someone - it sure has left some dings on the side of the trailer.
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Old 05-23-2006, 04:38 PM   #20
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If you make sure that this pole is the last piece to go up and the first to come down, you should have few problems going forward.
Just an addendum to the above advice which I agree with 100%.

If after you place that center pole, you decide to raise the awning even higher, raise one side pole, then go back to the center pole and make sure it is tight. If you don't do this, there is the possibility that when you raise the other side pole, the center pole will fall out and against the trailer. After the second side is raised, again check the center pole. Remember that wind can raise an awing slightly and if that center pole has insufficient tension, it will come out and fall back.

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Old 05-30-2006, 12:58 AM   #21
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Guillotine!?

CRAACK!!!!!

Yep Jack!!! You got that one right! Reminds me the French favorite - the Guillotine!!!

Someone has a sacraficial chair to "the power of the center pole!" and the wind!

Peace!

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Old 05-24-2008, 08:52 AM   #22
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Center Rollar Plate on ZipDee

Hi everyone. I am not seeing any place to stick the pin on the end of the center awning bracket on to my ZipDee. Can someone shoot a picture and show me where it is on their unit? Jeese it just doesnt seem I should want to roll the awning out any further than I have.I don't think I have a center roller plate on mine, so I'd like to see what I am looking for ...if anyone is able to provide a picture I would really appreciate it! . Thanks alot Jim
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Old 05-24-2008, 09:37 AM   #23
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Here you go. Be sure to retension the center support after you move the awning height or arms or retensioned. I have had the center come down and hit the trailer when I did not. Maybe I will wrap a swimming noodle around mine...just in case.
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the roller has to be fully unrolled. if you feel the around the roller, at a point even with the pole, you might feel a 'bump'. if you feel the bump, keep unrolling.
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Thank you very much for the quick response!

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No problem, it's a beautiful day and now the dogs are enjoying the shade and maybe I will wash it. So thank you.
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When stow the awning I use the center support to keep the awning from rolling up while I lower the end arms. I then hold the awning strap and release the center support and let the awning retract.
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