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Old 06-15-2020, 04:58 AM   #1
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Yesterday, we pulled out our awning only to have the awning roller detach from the support arm connected to the trailer. Appears the bolt broke. We got the bolt replaced. However it appears the tension or spring inside the roller will now not retract up. So we can not close the awning up.



Is there a way to safely rewind the spring inside? WE do not want to have to buy a new awning as ours is in great shape


Thanks for any help, videos, or suggestions


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Contact ZipDee for the number of rotations you will need. All new seeming springs must be “charged” , but there is a specific number of rotations needs
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Google Zip-Dee, there is a very good vid. how to repair, also pdf, or phone Zip-Dee at 800 338 2378 or 847 437 0980, they can tell you all you will need to no, as they are very customer friendly.
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.. it appears the tension or spring inside the roller will now not retract up. So we can not close the awning up.



Is there a way to safely rewind the spring inside? WE do not want to have to buy a new awning as ours is in great shape


Thanks for any help, videos, or suggestions


Travel safe
I know something about this having done it many times.
You'll need a small wrench for the nuts/bolts, and a small Phillips screwdriver to help align holes.
First, remember the spring under tension is very dangerous, letting it get away could be a trip to the hospital. Never stand where the rotating parts out of control will hit you or a helper. Nothing requires much strength, but winding does take some energy.
Now, Get a helper or stepladder to support the tube. Remove the upper arm bar (the part with a dogleg) from the main arm tube. (The square tube holding the arm bars) This will be your "lever".
Zip Dee will tell you that the number of turns is 1 per foot of awning length + 7. In other words if your awning is 15' long, then you'll wind it 22 turns. (It unwinds 7 turns as it leaves the trailer.)
I found this to be a rough estimate, and later had to adjust one turn or so.
Put the upper arm bar into the head casting and secure with the 1/4 bolt. Start winding. Mine was the rear, and I had to wind clockwise. Think about how the tube rolls and allow that to happen.
After your number of turns, stop. The upper arm bar is too long to fit within the main square tube, so remove the lower bolt holding the awning arm to the trailer. (Better to do this first) Slide the arm into the tube to the last hole, and re-attach the arm to the trailer.

Your awning should roll up!
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If this doesn't make sense, feel free to PM me.
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