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Old 06-20-2024, 08:25 AM   #1
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Lost Our Awning Tool…

We had a short trip last weekend including a quick downpour overnight. So the awning was stowed somewhat damp.

Back home I went to deploy the awning again to let it dry out. This is when I discovered the awning rod was missing.

We keep it stored in the bumper storage box. Unfortunately, the “box” is poorly designed and not fully enclosed on all four sides. There is a gap running between the box and the bumper for the entire length.

On another occasion I had noticed the rod resting on the lip of the gap. I should have altered my practices then and found a safer storage location.
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Old 06-20-2024, 10:01 AM   #2
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Thankfully, it's easy to order a new one:

Awning Pull Rod

Now you'll just have to find a new space to store it.

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Old 06-20-2024, 10:06 AM   #3
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Thankfully, it's easy to order a new one:

Awning Pull Rod

Now you'll just have to find a new space to store it.

Shari
Already done. But $30 for the rod, and $35 for the shipping plus tax from Woodland. Expensive lesson. ☹️
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Dometic 46" pull rod on Amazon with free shipping for $22.83.....
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Old 06-20-2024, 02:24 PM   #5
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Someone is selling a short awning rod.
I never needed a 48" rod, a 24" seems like a good idea.
Thanks for reminding me that the rod can slip out the small crack, I'll have to find a way to make it more secure. Pool noodle?
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Old 06-20-2024, 03:23 PM   #6
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Dometic 46" pull rod on Amazon with free shipping for $22.83.....
You know, I saw that. But it didn’t seem to fit the bill. Our oem awning rod had a small 90* hook at one end for manipulating the latching hardware, and a larger curved hook at the other for grabbing the awning lanyard. The Dometic doesn’t have that.

Then I saw the actual replacement oem rod for only $6 more and figured it was a no brainer. Until the shipping charge popped up at the very end of checking out….
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Old 06-20-2024, 03:41 PM   #7
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I secure the vertical arms of the awning with a strap at the top and another at the bottom which ties the two arms together so it cannot open while traveling.

Once when the rear bumper was inaccessible due to carrying a canopy on top, I realized I could include the pull rod on the rear awning support arms held on by the two straps.

Now it is secure and easily accessible.

I use the 15" Fiamma red straps but any strap with a buckle would work.
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Old 06-20-2024, 04:01 PM   #8
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I once left my awning rod on the campsite picnic table. My nearest AS dealer had them in stock (it seems the rods are commonly lost) for $25. And saved me the shipping cost of ordering online.
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Old 06-21-2024, 06:57 AM   #9
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I always have a milk crate around for various reasons. I alway use it as a step and rarely use the rod.
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Old 06-21-2024, 07:31 AM   #10
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Woodland sells the 26" version.
Store in locker.
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Old 06-21-2024, 07:57 AM   #11
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I’ve got a new 54” arriving today or tomorrow. That’s the length we had and it worked well. But given the steep shipping charge in retrospect I should have ordered two. (Our nearest dealer is over 100 miles away - - it makes no sense to drive there to avoid shipping fees.)

I like the suggestion to block the gap with a pool noodle.
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Get a piece of 3/8 foam pipe insulation at your hardware store, cut in length to fit the rod, tape both ends holding the foam to the rod with silver duct tape.
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Old 06-22-2024, 08:17 AM   #13
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I secure the vertical arms of the awning with a strap at the top and another at the bottom which ties the two arms together so it cannot open while traveling.

Once when the rear bumper was inaccessible due to carrying a canopy on top, I realized I could include the pull rod on the rear awning support arms held on by the two straps.

Now it is secure and easily accessible.

I use the 15" Fiamma red straps but any strap with a buckle would work.
This picture will help explain what I was trying to describe. Note the pull rod running vertical to the awning support. The straps tie in not only the rod, but secures the supports for traveling.
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awning tool. awning rod ... I didn't know what it was called when we got our first trailer in 2006. I've been calling it my "Reachy Stick" for 3 trailers and 18 years.

Now I know the real name
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Interesting about the gap along the bumper!

I notice my rod hanging out the end so I made cut two pieces of sheet metal to close it off and stuck them on with 3M VHB tape.

I made a divider for the compartment and cut a slot for the awning tool to rest in. Spare blocks of wood on one side, extra sewer hose stuff on the other.
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I like the suggestion to block the gap with a pool noodle.
Thanks. Except my idea was to wrap the pool noodle around it. secure with cable ties.

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I notice my rod hanging out the end so I made cut two pieces of sheet metal to close it off and stuck them on with 3M VHB tape.

I made a divider for the compartment and cut a slot for the awning tool to rest in. Spare blocks of wood on one side, extra sewer hose stuff on the other.
I hate it when my rod hangs out.
I digress, great idea and well executed.
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I made a divider for the compartment and cut a slot for the awning tool to rest in. Spare blocks of wood on one side, extra sewer hose stuff on the other.
Nice! If it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing! (BTW, that IS a compliment!)

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Interesting about the gap along the bumper!

I notice my rod hanging out the end so I made cut two pieces of sheet metal to close it off and stuck them on with 3M VHB tape.

I made a divider for the compartment and cut a slot for the awning tool to rest in. Spare blocks of wood on one side, extra sewer hose stuff on the other.
Nice work! I need to do some reorganizing in that compartment and this gives ideas.👍

The new awning rod arrived last week. This is the 50”+ version. I would not want it any shorter.
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I always have a milk crate around for various reasons. I alway use it as a step and rarely use the rod.
The only time I've ever used the awning rod was during our initial walk through of our first Airstream. Since then I find a spot for it where it stays there untouched. We have a folding step we used to use because the Airstream steps are so wobbly (before we got the step stabilizer from nolox solutions). Now I just use that for the awning. The latch and one of the locking "nuts" I can reach from our door step. The other locking nut and the pull cord I use the steps for. I find trying to tighten and loosen the nuts with the tool to be irritating at best. I prefer to just get my hands on them nuts. :Insert that's what she said joke here:

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This picture will help explain what I was trying to describe. Note the pull rod running vertical to the awning support. The straps tie in not only the rod, but secures the supports for traveling.
Clever. I started using reusable zip ties to secure our awning after we lost one of the locking nuts on the way home from the dealer. Would be easy to add the rod there, if I used it.
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Speaking of awning tools, I finally had enough of the wear and tear on the orange tip of our 2019 FC 25RBT, so I added a new one to my last Woodland Airstream order. Fit of the new tip was very snug.
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