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Old 05-26-2015, 06:30 PM   #1
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Zip Dee awning partly out of the track

About 12" of our awning is starting to come out of the track. Do I have to take the whole thing off to repair, or does anyone know a way to get it back in the track without removing it?

It seems a piece of the the rubber (pencil shaped) part that holds the awning in the track has come out due to the threads unraveling.
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Old 06-10-2015, 07:28 PM   #2
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Fixed with a small length of surfboard leash
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Old 06-10-2015, 10:04 PM   #3
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Wow! I just noticed this on mine the other day. Tell more about how you fixed. Please
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Wow! I just noticed this on mine the other day. Tell more about how you fixed. Please

I simply folded the awning over the leash cord and stitched it up with some thin waxed cord. I popped the part that came out back in and carefully squeezed the track together.

Worked like a charm.
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Still not sure I understand. Mine still has the fabric intact. It appears that the fabric, along with the "cord" has just pulled out of the track about 6", located about 5 feet from the rear end. I tried to pop it back in, but it fought back. I need some methodology, of tool, that reduces the chance of slipping off the cord and damaging the skin.

Also how do I pinch the track so far from the end of the fabric? I am afraid of hammering, for obvious reasons, and pliers won't reach?
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You need to open the slat a bit with channel locks to get the cord back in. Then, you need to tap the slat back closed with a rubber mat....Unfortunately, the best way to go about it is with the fabric and one slat off the trailer. Taking it off is not difficult. It is a two man job. Zip Dee has the instructions on their site.
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Could it be opened from the roof and tapped back down? No room under the awning with in installed due to the curve of the skin and angle of awning. I'd LOVE to avoid removing the awning.
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It has to be opened from the bottom....I just took the awning off my trailer to have it restitched. It wasn't difficult.
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So would it be easier to take down the whole assembly, or un-rivet the fabric from the roller and just slide out the fabric?
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If you have enough helping hands, it would be easier to leave the fabric on the roller and slide the last slat out.
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Or....why couldn't one just remove the retaining screws from the aluminum road cover slat, and remove the fabric connector and one of the cover slats only?????

I don't have any helping hands around here anymore....not often anyway.
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You only need to remove the last slat....the one the fabric is in....The reason for 2 or more helpers when taking it off with the fabric on the roller is because it is heavy and awkward. If you drop it partially off, you will ruin the slat.
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OK, what did you do about the roller spring tension? Just muscle it down with helpers and weight it down or something?
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Mine was opened. I unwound it with the rear arm....I would assume if you have a lock, the spring won't unwind when you take both heads off.
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