Our metal awning "stick" is in permanant storage. The knobs never seemed to get tight enough using the stick, so I just carefully stand on one of our fold-up chairs and hand tighten the rear knob, hook/unhook safety hook. The front knob, I stand on the entry step, and reach to tighten that one. This is on a Bambi, so on longer trailers, using the step may not apply. If we leave our campsite, or are going to sleep, I always roll up the awning. If for no other reason, to keep it dry in case of rain. Unless we are camping in the Mohave Desert.
Set up time is now under three minutes for our awning.
Sometimes I wish I were living in the stone age. Then I would know I'm the smartest person in the world.