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Old 04-09-2014, 05:27 PM   #301
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I started installing my awning support brackets today. I have seen pictures where the bracket is flush with the awning arm, but mine are not. I surmise that the holes were drilled in the bracket and then the tab was bent, causing the bracket to distort, therefore the base does not sit flush on the awning arm.

I will drill the 2nd hole, but the awning arm is not sturdy enough to snug down the support bracket. I was thinking of adding some sort of shim material at the bottom mounting hole.

Anybody ran across this? if so what was your solution
The awning arm is strong enough for what needs to be done. Drill the second hole the same size as the top. Loosen the top bolts. Install a second short bolt with a lock nut on the back at the lower bolt hole. Take the slack out of the top bolt. It will work fine and look good when you are done.
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Old 04-09-2014, 06:02 PM   #302
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Thanks OC anc Brother Les for the quick reply. I will take your advise and revisit the project tomorrow.
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Old 04-09-2014, 06:08 PM   #303
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Loosen the original bolt, install the bottom bolt and tighten it down, then snug the top bolt. It will be fine that way. All the top bolt does is hold the motor/torsion bracket to the end of the pole.

BTW, still have 3 kits ready to ship.
X2 on tightening the bolts, I had to do that on one of my brackets, worked out great
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Old 04-09-2014, 07:13 PM   #304
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.... 2nd hole is a must !! I had the same issue with my install. Just added a
1/4-20x3/4 ss and 1/4-20 nylock ss nut, works great

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Old 04-09-2014, 09:30 PM   #305
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OC,

Got the mounting kit in the mail today. Taking the camper to the dealer for electrical repairs. Will stop by Lowes and pick up a set of poles and install it all when I get the camper back.

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OH Boy now I've done it, if it was'nt for bad luck I would not have any luck. Out of the dozens of kits OC has sold, I am the only one that screwed up and it is all my fault. After drilling the bottom hole in the pole for the bracket there must have been a shaving left in the hole. When I started to extend the pole it stuck so now I cannot slide (read force) the pole in either direction. I guess I will go the painter pole direction now.
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OH Boy now I've done it, if it was'nt for bad luck I would not have any luck. Out of the dozens of kits OC has sold, I am the only one that screwed up and it is all my fault. After drilling the bottom hole in the pole for the bracket there must have been a shaving left in the hole. When I started to extend the pole it stuck so now I cannot slide (read force) the pole in either direction. I guess I will go the painter pole direction now.
Did you get the complete pole kit? If so, put a 5/16 bolt in a vise, put the inner pole on the bolt, get a pipe wrench and put on the PAD and start working back and forth. It will break loose the shaving.
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Everybody... remain calm...

What OC said....... I am sure that OC has messed up his poles so many time that he can fix them in his sleep...
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Did you get the complete pole kit? If so, put a 5/16 bolt in a vise, put the inner pole on the bolt, get a pipe wrench and put on the PAD and start working back and forth. It will break loose the shaving.
I tried that to no avail, now the top holes in the inner pole are oval shaped. I have nothing to lose now so I will keep at it and if I get it free I can cut the top off the inner pole and re-drill it.
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OH Boy now I've done it, if it was'nt for bad luck I would not have any luck. Out of the dozens of kits OC has sold, I am the only one that screwed up and it is all my fault. After drilling the bottom hole in the pole for the bracket there must have been a shaving left in the hole. When I started to extend the pole it stuck so now I cannot slide (read force) the pole in either direction. I guess I will go the painter pole direction now.


The shavings at the bottom should work their way out. A small oval at the top should not be a problem.
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