Originally Posted by towmommy
Thank you all . Am slightly confused about the tension arm... one response says it's the cap at the front of the rig the other says left side ... is that facing to or away from the trailer. I know sounds like a silly question but want to get it right
Towmommy, I just went through the spring replacement process a few days ago, and it was actually pretty simple.
The (very dry humored, yet hilarious and helpful) woman at Zip Dee explained that the spring is always on the left side of the awning, facing the coach.
"So, you mean aft?" I asked (I only have the one, large awning).
She pointed out that the spring is to the left if you're dealing with the front window awning, same as the spring is to the left if you're replacing the non-door side awning(s).
Before calling Zip Dee, I didn't know that you don't have to remove EVERYTHING from the awning to replace the spring, so I drilled out ALL of the rivets (which is really much easier than it sounds) and removed the 20' long steel tube. If you don't have to do this, don't. It's not so difficult to reinstall, but it's unnecessary.
Also, don't drill out the 4 rivets holding the right side in place, unless you feel the need to replace the spring clips that hold the pin in place.
After releasing the tension on the left side, as outlined above in previous comments, drill out the 4 rivets holding the left cap onto the steel tube.
Mine was major stuck, so I just bashed at it with a hammer and busted the aluminum casting to pieces, BECAUSE I ALREADY HAD THE REPLACEMENT. Don't ever break anything to pieces if you don't have the replacement in hand.
The old spring came out in rusty pieces and the new spring/end cap slid in easily. I blew most of the rust dust out first with my MegaMaid shopvac switched to blow. I didn't wash the rust dust out because washing rust tends to accelerate further rusting.
The end of the spring, the part inside the steel tube, will catch either a row of steel (not aluminum) rivets (4 in my case, or a dimple punched into the steel tube.
Drill 4 holes into the new casting through the old holes in the steel tube, rivet and you're done.
The instructions included with the replacement were easy to understand and the process was pain-free.
Originally Posted by HiHoAgRV
here ya go.