I wanted something in a little better tool to manage my Zip-Dee awning; both in grabbing the tab to pull it down, and in spinning the latching wheels at the top.
The solution was a modification of a common trucker tool called a 5th wheel hook. This device is escentially an aluminum handle into which a rod has been threaded to form a "T".
The other end of the rod is bent slightly beyond 90 degrees to form a straight hook.
I found mine in an attractive blue anodized finish at a Petro Truck Stop, but they are also available at the link above.
I modified it as follows.
1. I put the hook end in a vice and straightened it back a bit to a true 90 degrees.
2. I then ground the end of the rod to a taper which would just fit in the holes of the retaining screw wheels on my awning.
Done! I now have a simple and attractive awning tool - at a cost, if I remember right ,of about $10 and 10 minutes work.