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Old 05-11-2017, 09:43 PM   #1
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Awning Latch Stuck

Hi, all. We just got back from our first trip taking our Bambi and one thing we could not get to work was the awning. The awning worked fine during our orientation. Simply unlatch and pull down. The problem we came across was one of the latches were stuck. The awning rod started to bend really bad and didn't want to risk further damage.

Any recommendations? I was thinking of getting a rubber mallet and tapping out the latch hook out. Thought I hear some advice before I regret.

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Old 05-11-2017, 10:53 PM   #2
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Are you talking about the round wheel latch? If so, pushing up on the rafter arm usually unbinds the latch.
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Old 05-11-2017, 11:33 PM   #3
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@CRH Yes, the latch hook that locks the awning in place. Okay I'll try that on our next trip. Thank you for the tip.
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Old 05-12-2017, 06:39 AM   #4
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My hook rod hangs on the garage wall. I gave up on it years ago and adopted the step stool method for the following reasons:

1) As you found out, sometimes the wheels and road latch are too tight or bind and the rod won't do the job.

2) You can't get the wheel latches tight enough to ensure them not coming loose while travelling.

3) The rod was always in the way in my bumper drawer.

4) I need the step stool anyway to extend the rafter rods, as I have a bit of a rotator cuff issue, why not ensure proper locking of the roll with the stool?
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Old 05-12-2017, 07:37 AM   #5
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@CRH Yes, the latch hook that locks the awning in place. Okay I'll try that on our next trip. Thank you for the tip.
There are 2 types of latches- 1. The round wheely thingy 2. The travel latch with the hook. For the travel latch tap the pointy end with a hammer while jiggling the awning.
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We just picked up our new 23D in April. Stayed in it 5 nights between dealer (NJ) and home (North GA). I'm 6' tall and dont(knock on wood) have any physical issues yet. I found that using the awning rod for anything other than roll/down was really tedious. I quickly decided to get a step stool and deal with the knobs and hook by hand. Much easier and faster.

Having said all of that, we had box trailers in the past with A/E awnings that seemed much less complicated to set up/ tear down. I'm sure zip Dee is high quality but I wonder why Zip Dee hasn't adopted a less complicated mechanism.

This may be a little off topic, but being new to airstream I'm interested in others thoughts on this.
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