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Old 06-13-2012, 05:24 PM   #15
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GT: When I saw your original post just now, I was gonna say that unless your awning is different than ours (which I doubt), there are 4 holes... but you figured that out on your own. We always use the awning all the way up (4th hole) unless there is a little rain, then we lower the rear arm to 3 holes to create a run-off angle to the rear so water doesn't pool. (This is especially important with longer awnings.)
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Old 06-13-2012, 05:40 PM   #16
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Old 06-13-2012, 05:41 PM   #17
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The first time we extended our awning I got extremely frustrated and just walked away. When I came back my wife had it extended and everything looked good. She has much more patience than me.

The arm/extention is as awkward as anything I've ever seen. Be careful of getting the web between your thumb and fingers pinched. Thats where it bit me. I suppose with practice and patience it will become an easy task. However, It should be easier than it is. The silicone lube spray burned like crazy when I pinched my hand.

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Old 06-13-2012, 05:51 PM   #18
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Old 06-13-2012, 05:58 PM   #19
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We had the same problems with extending the awning and it took my wife looking at the video several times to figure it out. The written instructions are not easy to understand.

I noticed the Airstream store has some handles for too much money that may make it easier to pull out the awning to avoid rubbing the door.

We don't use it much, so we forget how to open it by the time we use it. Nice awning, hard to open unless you do it a lot. The awning material probably needs to be stretched periodically to work better.

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I was going to say mine has 4 holes, but I was afraid yours would be different and you'd pull the rod out of the tube and everything would crash down and tear up a whole panel. I figgered it would be safer to tell you to take it apart and then discover the 4th hole! All is good, don't kick yourself. Take the wheel of, fill the holes with a couple of olymp[ic rivets and it'll be a mystery forever to come, except to you.
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We had the same problems with extending the awning and it took my wife looking at the video several times to figure it out. The written instructions are not easy to understand.

I noticed the Airstream store has some handles for too much money that may make it easier to pull out the awning to avoid rubbing the door.

We don't use it much, so we forget how to open it by the time we use it. Nice awning, hard to open unless you do it a lot. The awning material probably needs to be stretched periodically to work better.

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I bought the handles and although it does help me extend the awning to it's highest position. it's still tough. Maybe it's due to my rather limited arm strength??? I still end up pulling up a picnic table, ladder, large cooler, etc so that I can stand on it and push up-n-out on the roller to extend the awning to it's highest position.

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Old 06-13-2012, 06:46 PM   #22
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Laura, I don't think it's hand or arm strength. It's just in an awkward position. If you get the angle right, it will slide. My wife did it when I couldn't make it budge. Gene, you're right about the use factor. The same thing happens to me when I have to change my car clock from daylight savings time to regular time. It's become easier with the new vehicles though. If for no other reason than the brutal pinch points Zip Dee should change this set up. How long has the current extention design been in use?

If people avoid using a product because it's difficult to operate, it needs to be looked at by the manufacturer. I won't extend mine again without some gloves, or better yet I'll just refuse to do it and eventually my wife will do it herself.

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Old 06-13-2012, 06:57 PM   #23
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I don't quite understand what the extende handles do, and how do they attach.
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Bob, if you need them they should come as part of the package I haven't been able to use my right hand since the incident. This may end up in court. I assume those are from Zip-Dee....

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Bob, if you need them they should come as part of the package I haven't been able to use my right hand since the incident. This may end up in court. I assume those are from Zip-Dee....

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Bob, thanks. I wish I had known about them before the injury.

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We got the Classic, excited that we now had an awning, first time up, nasty pinch on my salute finger, saw the handles on the Zip site, why the he** don't they come with the awning??

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