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Old 04-02-2020, 08:58 AM   #1
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Awning hook bracket tearing awning

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We are full timers in a 2001 30' Limited. The Bracket for the hook on the large awning has damaged the awning fabric. We have patched. Please see the pictures. You can see damage on the aluminum awning 'sleeve' as well.



Any suggestions on how to remedy or is this just a design issue combined with the age of our Airstream.


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Old 04-02-2020, 09:32 AM   #2
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It looks like it's not closing tight enough.

When closing keep the hook in the loop all the way up to make sure it won't disappear when fully closed.

Pull it out about 3'4' and let it 'slam' closed, the cover should come further down.
Repeat id needed.

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Old 04-04-2020, 05:48 PM   #3
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I agree with Bob, the awning is not fully closed likely due to there not being enough tension on the spring, the result being that the fabric is not retracting and rolling up tightly bound by the tension spring inside the roller tube. This could be due to a number of issues, i.e. fabric age/stretch, or a bad/broken tension spring.

One way to check this would be to go to Zip Dee's website under their Instructions menu, select the type of awning you have and refer to the fabric replacement instructions which will guide you (safely) on how to release all tension on the spring and then re-adjust it which should result in the awning retracting properly to which will also result in the case slats closing more. From your photos it appears that the Z lock is not aligned with its keeper bracket which is an indicator that the awning is not being completely closed. The instructions provide guidance on both removing the tension and how to adjust it properly by a set # of turns + one turn for each foot of length.

The tension spring does have a lot of force applied to it but if you follow the instructions and have some help you can do it safely and without incident.

http://www.awningsbyzipdee.com/instructions.html
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It looks like it's not closing tight enough.

When closing keep the hook in the loop all the way up to make sure it won't disappear when fully closed.

Pull it out about 3'4' and let it 'slam' closed, the cover should come further down.
Repeat id needed.

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Worked 100% of the time for me, as well. A 30 foot awning may need the last two feet to do the job. This was on my 23 and 25. The 2019 may be a totally different discussion with the 'power feature'. The other awning... wham bam, thank you mam.

I let the last 12 to 14 inches loose and 'bam'... done on the 23 and 25 foot.
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Rewillia,


Thank you so much for the wonderful information and link to the awning tension spring instructions. This is an awning fix epiphany for sure! We truly appreciate the time and effort you took to help us. We are in Death Valley National park (I've been working here during the winter season, although laid off currently) and the next few days are going to be extremely windy. Once the wind dies down, we will look at tightening the spring. Take care & Stream on!
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Worked 100% of the time for me, as well. A 30 foot awning may need the last two feet to do the job. This was on my 23 and 25. The 2019 may be a totally different discussion with the 'power feature'. The other awning... wham bam, thank you mam.

I let the last 12 to 14 inches loose and 'bam'... done on the 23 and 25 foot.
FYI, the power awnings do not have the travel latches.
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It's also possible to be too gentle when you are closing the awning. It will tighten some if you let go of the hook strap when you get to the last 18" or so and let it slam closed.

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I got this tip from someone at ZipDee and it worked. They had me place a strip of fabric (around 4" x 12") between the awning roller and the awning fabric. This increased the circumference of the roller slightly and made that end of the awning roll tighter.
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Bob, You may also need to reset the limit switches at the motor end of the awning using the emergency kit which will allow you to adjust the closure (as well as extending).
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