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Old 06-12-2021, 08:08 AM   #1
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Excella Awning Lock Position

I have a 1990 excella. I just replaced the main awning spring, which went in just as planned, great when a plan comes together. Lol. Whenever I take my awning out, I release the locking lever, pull the awning out, and then close the locking lever, and put the awning up. Ihave read recently that the lever should be left in the unlocked position when the awning is extended. Is that the correct way to do it, and what is the thought process, doing it that way?
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Old 06-12-2021, 10:04 PM   #2
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The lock is intended to be a travel lock to keep the awning from unrolling. I do not lock it when the awning is extended. I have heard of the lock mechanism breaking leaving you stuck with the awning extended.
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Old 06-13-2021, 05:13 AM   #3
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Same thing I heard - lock is only used when in the stored position.
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Old 06-13-2021, 07:03 AM   #4
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The hinged support arms hold the awning in the extended position. I do not think it is a big deal but I leave it unlocked
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Old 06-24-2021, 11:43 AM   #5
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Hey, Zip Dee here! You are correct in that you should never lock the awning while open. The Rafter Arms will hold the awning in the open position all by themselves. The Z-Locks are for travel only! I hope that helps!
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Old 06-26-2021, 07:18 AM   #6
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Ok, I guess I’m a convert. With the new awning spring, when I open it , it tends to want to roll back up, even tho I wound it exact amount of turns stated in the instructions, probably needs to break in a bit. I should probably replace the snap pins on the rafter arms also, since they are getting a little finicky about ratcheting , sometimes wont lock in position unless I twistt them aroun a bit.
Thanks all for your help.
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Old 06-26-2021, 07:53 AM   #7
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Ok, I guess I’m a convert. With the new awning spring, when I open it , it tends to want to roll back up, even tho I wound it exact amount of turns stated in the instructions, probably needs to break in a bit. I should probably replace the snap pins on the rafter arms also, since they are getting a little finicky about ratcheting , sometimes wont lock in position unless I twistt them aroun a bit.
Thanks all for your help.
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It's supposed to want to roll back up. That's why you have to fully deploy the awning and put the support arms in place. It's not designed to stay in the open position just by pulling it out.
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Old 06-27-2021, 08:15 AM   #8
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It's supposed to want to roll back up. That's why you have to fully deploy the awning and put the support arms in place. It's not designed to stay in the open position just by pulling it out.
Im under the impression, the awning needs a light push to get it rolling back up, just like the original spring did. So Im suppose to unroll it, walk down the awning, lock it, to keep it from rolling back up, cause I don’t see how I can hold the awning and extend the rafter arms at the same time, extend the rafter arms, and then unlock it and put the awning up? I think the spring needs to be unwound a turn or two, but I don’t see that happening till the end of the season, if at all.
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Dano, after you unroll the awning, make your way to one side or the other, holding the awning flap if necessary. Once you bring the arm up, then you set the ratchet and you are secure. go the other side and set the ratchet, then raise, leaving one side higher than the other.

And, if you plan to leave your site for any length of time, roll the sucker back up. Sudden winds are always possible.

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If you watch the Zip Dee video on how to deploy the awning, you'll see the guy take the long pull strap, roll it up, and shove it between the awning and the roller. This keeps it from rolling back in while he walks to the end to put out the arms.
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