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Old 05-22-2014, 01:16 PM   #1
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stuck awning

just bought a 89 excella 32'? haven't got the manual yet. can't seem to pull the awning out. the trailer hasn't been used in last 6-8 yrs. any suggestions on freeing awning? thanks for any help.
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Old 05-22-2014, 02:03 PM   #2
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I would suggest you read the operating manual for your particular awning before attempting to deploy it. If you don't have the manual, you may be able to download one depending of the brand. Most awnings have a locked, or stow function to prevent inadvertent deployment while under tow.



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Old 05-22-2014, 04:21 PM   #3
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Probably a zip-dee? Ours has a latch or lock on the end of the awning towards the front of the trailer. That is in addition to the wheel screw hold downs on each end. Have to pull the latch forward with the al rod to allow the awning to unroll. When working on a older awning a can of Silicone spray is a very useful thing. The Zip Dee guy said that Silicone is the recommended lubricant for their awnings. Look at all the support arms and spray and make sure you can move freely each individual joint where one tube slides inside another. I like the awning on our shorter trailer. But that long awning on the 32 foot is a real bear. Best accessory you can buy for it is a set of the handles from ZipDee to help extend the top rails.
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Old 05-24-2014, 09:01 AM   #4
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Thanks, did get the awning out with a line on each end and mechanical advantage. now arms stuck due to electralasis. may try to download manual for this awning. appreciate the help.
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let me know how you get the arm un-stuck. My Zip Dee must've sat closed for a long time too, and one of the arms is corroded closed.... I cant get it to budge.

I went to my local metal supplier and bought a piece of SS 1" square stock. My thoughts were to use it as a piston, and figure out how secure it so I can use a bottle jack as a press to push it out.
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