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Old 05-08-2010, 01:21 PM   #1
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Zip Dee Patio Awning Stuck open

We are currently camped at Chapel Hill NC while my wife is receiving radiation treatment. Yesterday, I attempted to open the awning which fell leaving me with a sore shoulder. The awning is stuck open. How can I get it unstuck and rolled up so I will be able to drive to a dealer for repair? I think that the spring and Z lock assembly are broken.


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Old 05-08-2010, 01:34 PM   #2
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We are currently camped at Chapel Hill NC while my wife is receiving radiation treatment. Yesterday, I attempted to open the awning which fell leaving me with a sore shoulder. The awning is stuck open. How can I get it unstuck and rolled up so I will be able to drive to a dealer for repair? I think that the spring and Z lock assembly are broken.


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Some ZipDee awnings have a latch you have to switch to get the awning to open and close. It's at the front arm of the awning, make sure it isn't thrown in the wrong direction.
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If you have a z lock, you have an older awning, the newer ones do not have that feature.

The spring is located in the rear of the the roll (Patio awning) and can be very dangerous. you can remove the tension by disconnecting the rear arm and carefully unwind the arm. The arm can cause serious damage to you and your trailer if it get loose and unwinds by itself. If you can remove the tension from the roll, you can remove the arm from the head and roll the awning up by hand, attach the hold downs to the heads and re attach the arms. Spring tension on the arm is shown here:
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Did I mention that the arms under tension can be very dangerous?
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You should be able to roll it up by hand,may need a ladder. It won`t be as tight but will get you to where it can be repaired. Dave
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