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Old 06-01-2020, 11:44 AM   #1
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Help! a rogue gust caught the awning before the locking struts were placed.

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I was interrupted while opening the main awning on a calm day, and then rogue gust caught the awning and flipped it up. The pull tape was already stowed. What's the best way to reopen it, inspect it, and reclose it? Should I tie ropes to either end for two people to pull it open?
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Old 06-01-2020, 11:49 AM   #2
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Help! a rogue gust caught the awning before the locking struts were placed.

Yes, or just have each person reef on the strut at each end. That's what I did and it worked fine. Jim
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Old 06-01-2020, 12:11 PM   #3
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No joy.

There is a sag in the roller axle across its length and I think that's preventing it from turning. Sooo, I think I might need a third person to support the sag while the other two pull the ends out.
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You may wish to call the Zip Dee shop for some advice just to be safe.
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I'd put a volunteer on each arm and pull it down. Unless the spring is broken, it should furl back up. It's in an odd position because the upper arm is not properly lowered into the main awning tube.
The awnings are not complicated, just frustrating.
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If your awning has a z-lock, make sure it is not locked...
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Old 06-01-2020, 02:30 PM   #7
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Bob, it will be easier and safer with three people IMO. Is there a nearby picnic table someone can stand on, to gently "unwrap" the roller in the center [and take the sag out] while the other two pull down on the support arms? Or a 6' step ladder for stability.

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PS -- on edit -- removed question about Z-lock. Thanks, Richard.
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The z-lock is a mechanical lock that keeps the roller from turning. It was replaced by the travel latch on newer awnings.

http://nebula.wsimg.com/fda1a42bcf98...&alloworigin=1
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Old 06-01-2020, 03:05 PM   #9
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Problem solved

Thanks to all for the suggestions.

After reading through the owners manual, and thinking it all the way through, I took care of the immediate problem, and learned something to do on another day.

The sagging in the middle made it far to difficult to pull the awning out with only two persons on the ends. So I recalled my daughter and her BF from the beach to help. With the BF pulling on one rope, and the wife and daughter on the other, and myself in the middle straightening out the sag, the awning came out easily.

So now I know why the awning has been a bit difficult to open - because of the sagging. In the manual, a procedure is described about how to remove the sag as well as adjust the tension of the retraction spring. But that's for another day.
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Thanks for the update . . . glad it worked out.

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