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Old 02-27-2017, 09:38 AM   #1
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Loose shaft one one end

I just lubed my awning and noticed the forward end is loose, sloppy where shaft goes into drum. The other end is as I would expect straight and not wobbly. I'm not talking about where the single screw goes through shaft at the arm. It seems something could have loosened inside. Any idea?
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Old 02-27-2017, 09:52 AM   #2
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taking down the awning

Some slack must be there in order to take the awning down one side at a time.
If no slack was designed it to the awning sends the awning would have to be take down equally on each end. That would be hard to do for a single person.
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Old 02-27-2017, 10:24 AM   #3
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The rear end has a 3 ft long shaft with the spring around it and bearings at both ends. The forward end has a stub shaft with the lock so a very short bearing surface. I expect you are just fine.
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Thanks, here's the rest of the story. It isn't a normal condition. I called ZD and talked to a tech that knew exactly what it was and told me how to avoid taking AS 3+ hours to dealer to fix. Bill, you are right about the short shaft. There is a C clip on each side of drum face and the one on the inside has come off. Randy at ZD is sending new clips and rivets to pull off end and fix. Not really hard to do but it saves me going to dealer. Don't know how common this is but he seemed to know exactly what the issue was.
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Old 02-27-2017, 12:35 PM   #5
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Glad you found it. Not something you would want to fail on the road.
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awning trouble

Glad you found the problem...... good luck
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Would you mind taking a couple photos and explain the process as you do the repair, so that we can learn from you?

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I'm bad about starting a job, repair and just before finishing thinking, I should have taken some photos, but I'll try to do that. We are taking a short trip and when we get back the parts should be in.
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Well, I started to repair awning drum axle assy on the from end. Started taking pictures and all, but when I drilled out the rivets holding the end piece in and removed it, there was no c clip on the inside. Just a cotter pin and two washers. Seems as though the tech got this one wrong. I put it all back together and will chalk it up to a learning experience. It wobbles and it doesn't look right but maybe that's just the way it is.
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