Currently I am working on rebuilding the windows of my 1977 31' Sovereign
before the shell removal planned for mid summer. The first windows I am tackling are the stack windows. In order to get a good angle to drill out the buck rivets for the curb side stack window i partially lowered the carefree awning. Upon doing so I noticed several broken, missing, or otherwise damaged parts and after some research I would have to find these parts salvaged from another carefree awning which may be more trouble than i want just to salvage this awning. there are also some very crude fixes attempted (sheet metal screw for the locking mechanism)
After discussing options with my wife we agree that it might be better to just get a new Zipdee awning system and install it or have the local airstream dealer install it.
So my questions are
1.What all needs to be done to remove the Carefree awning? I know i need to take the spring tension off both ends, but what is the safe process to do so?
2. Should I remove all the brackets and even the channel that holds the awning fabric to the trailer and then cover any hole / fill the fastener holes with rivets?
3. Would it be better to remove the awning before lifting the shell off to remove that uneven weight which should decrease the rolling the shell exhibits in some videos i have seen?