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Old 01-17-2006, 04:35 PM   #1
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My next project

Anyone want to guess what my next project is? A very large truck delivered this clue:
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Old 01-17-2006, 04:44 PM   #2
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Ummm...A refrigerator?

Seriously, they are not that hard to install, and congratulations on your 500th post. You are now officially a Rivet Master.
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Old 01-17-2006, 04:49 PM   #3
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Some people are so lucky. Let us see when you get it installed.


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Old 01-17-2006, 06:25 PM   #4
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Congrats on the post and on the fine awning. Cheers
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Old 01-17-2006, 06:29 PM   #5
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... congratulations on your 500th post. You are now officially a Rivet Master.
Terry,

Did you PM him the instructions for the secret handshake?

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Old 01-17-2006, 06:48 PM   #6
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Did you PM him the instructions for the secret handshake?

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Yes, I did. But he has to know the secret code to unlock the secret PM so he can learn the secret handshake.
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Old 01-17-2006, 07:03 PM   #7
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I know what the secret handshake is.....

I've actually witnessed it. But in my humble opinion, I don't really think
chugging a beer qualifies as an bonifide handshake.
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Old 01-18-2006, 10:10 AM   #8
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Thank you everyone! What a milestone, or should I say "get a life". 65GT, thanks for the art work. The handshake secret is safe with me!

Now, back to work. I am installing my new awning and I have a question. Is the travel lock required? The only thing it looks like it will do is to keep the roll from unwinding if it catches a Cat 5 wind gust when it is rolled up. Does that happen or is it overkill?
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Old 01-18-2006, 10:20 AM   #9
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Exclamation Travel Locks

The travel locks are imperative!!! I have even had my Zip Dees baloon out in the center with the locks in place. For any cross wind condition, you must have the locks locked. A friend of mine had the wind catch his on a brand new diesel coach (Airstream) and rip them right off the unit causing a lot of damage. We teased him that "He was flying and didn't know how"!!
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Old 01-18-2006, 10:50 AM   #10
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Awning locks

If you are referring to the lock on the roller, if you have one, install it. Yes, you can have the awning pulled out by passing trucks or if you have it partially out and a wind comes along, it can catch the awning and make a mess. If you have not purchased a lock and want protection from unrolling due to the trucks, a simple pin lock around the arms ($1.00 X 2) will do it. I'll try to post a picture later (current picture is too big). When awning is out you can use tie downs and be more effective than the roller lock system.
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Old 01-19-2006, 03:41 PM   #11
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ZipDee service??

When I started to install my awning I came up with a problem. The forward clamp wound up sitting on the frame of the vista view window. I measured everything twice and everything was where it should be. I call ZipDee, they can not explain it, but the people who can will call me shortly. I keep working and no call and now they are closed. I call this morning and they will call me back again, soon. I explain that I have been waiting for a call and they promise that they will call. Three hours later no call, I call back and talk to someone who knows this problem. They tell me to use some gasket material under the part not under the window frame. I explain that thats going to take tons of gasket material to make up that difference and I tell them that I am going to grind down the corner. They say that sould work just fine. I have heard very good things about the service from ZipDee, I must be the exception.
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Old 01-19-2006, 03:43 PM   #12
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I got the arms mounted and the roll attached to the arms. Where is my neighbor when I need him? I'll be done shortly! Check out the mouse pad under the arm to protect the arm from scratching.
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Looking good, cant wait to see it all together!
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Old 01-19-2006, 05:21 PM   #14
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I use the bungee loops with the ball to secure the bars during transit.
The P.O. dropped it and must have driven off into the sunset. It got scratched up.
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Old 01-19-2006, 06:19 PM   #15
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... Is the travel lock required? The only thing it looks like it will do is to keep the roll from unwinding if it catches a Cat 5 wind gust when it is rolled up. Does that happen or is it overkill?
My best friend from high school, in addition to owning a travel trailer himself, is now a lawyer for an insurance company. The last time he was around my Airstream, he peppered me with questions regarding how confident I was that my awning would not inadvertently deploy while going down the road.

Come to find out, his company had just settled a claim where someone travelling along side the insured party had been impaled by the insured's awning deploying while going down the road. Or I should say, "someone's relatives".

Then, after that, a coworker borrowed an RV from where his wife works for a two state trip to the inlaws, had the awning deploy while on the road.

In both cases, it appeared that the awning had been correctly stowed.

I do not know if "travel locks" were used/available. But my friend's view is that awnings, due to convenience in use at the campground, are not as safe as they used to be.

I would say that your travel locks are not overkill.

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I use the bungee loops with the ball to secure the bars during transit.
The P.O. dropped it and must have driven off into the sunset. It got scratched up.
I use the bungees in addition to the locks.
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.... his company had just settled a claim where someone travelling along side the insured party had been impaled by the insured's awning deploying while going down the road. .....................

I would say that your travel locks are not overkill.

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And here I was supposing my fear of that was paranoia..
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Holy Toledo! I'm not griping about the travel locks anymore...

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Come to find out, his company had just settled a claim where someone travelling along side the insured party had been impaled by the insured's awning deploying while going down the road. Or I should say, "someone's relatives".
I would say that your travel locks are not overkill.Tom
Whew, I'm glad we have one now...those poor folks, that's awful.

Our former vintage Airstream didn't have an awning lock. Our newer Airstream has awning locks, you know we thought the awnings didn't work on our first trip out as we'd never encountered an awning lock...
Ya live and learn...
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Old 01-19-2006, 09:45 PM   #19
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Metal locking clip for awning arms

Found the picture of the hitch pins I use for the awning and the cross pin on the hitch lever. I buy them at a farm service store for $1.00 each. The plating lasts for about three years. Then I replace them. Better than bunge cords or velcro
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Old 01-19-2006, 11:21 PM   #20
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Question mouse pads

AZ, Won't the mouse pads just draw those lillte critters into your coach? I'm with Silvester on this as I hate mieces to pieces too! But on the serious side it's starting to look shady on that side for sure ... Ed
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