Originally Posted by BAB
... to have to deal with that roller pin as well, especially if you're on the road and don't carry a punch, a hammer, a vise grip, etc. I...
So I didn't take pictures of the repair I did and a good thing too
It was awful. We had a punch, hammer, vice grip and followed the instructions that came with the new parts. The issue was that the pin isn't a solid pin, it's a little roll of aluminum that smashes under the punch and in our case had to be drilled out. It was a two person job (one pulling up on the spring, the other drilling) and took about an hour and left gouges where the drill met the groove in the awning pole.
We left it cracked for our cross country trip in 2013 and it was fine (we hardly ever camped in the same place for more than a night and didn't put out the awning). But shamed by the GREAT ADVICE and pictures in this post we did fix it before our 2014 cross country trip and about three weeks in did deploy the awning and carefully put it back correctly on the bracket. We put in lots of time on dirt roads so if this cracks while stored again, my approach will be to wait until we get home to attempt the fix.