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Old 06-13-2014, 09:09 AM   #471
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Kinda get the idea of why I ain't makin' 'em no mo.? Try it by yourself for 50 poles (over 2300 holes total to lay out, drill, chamfer, deburr, etc). Not to mention cutting the shipping tubes and dealing with UPS demolition delivery service.

BTW, I have never used springs on the straps. I don't like the idea of the "give" which is what I was trying to eliminate. JMO.
No sir....one pair is enough (actually I have 3 poles as thats what I had material for).....My father in law saw em n said "oh I like that, can you make me some if I buy the material"....I kinda chuckeled and told him the jig/specs were in the shop and for him to have at it!!...I didnt feel like driling no more holes...he still aint made those poles!...hahah....

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Old 06-14-2014, 02:11 AM   #472
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I used these extension poles, drilled holes between the existing holes, installed a cut off paint roller handle on the threaded end and riveted the cut off handle to the threaded end so it would not spin off. I then drilled the cut off handle for the bolt to attach the assembly to the upper brackets. The pole was drilled at the lower bracket and a locking pin was used to secure the pole to the bracket. A friend of mine who works at a body shop covered the pole(which was yellow in color)with white decaling(paint chipped and scratched very easily) The pole also has a nice durable handle that can stay on the pole. Pole- Wooster 6 ft.-12 ft. Sherlock Extension Pole-00R0560000 at The Home Depot locking pin- Snapper Pin, 1/4" x 2-3/8" - Square Redline Hitch Accessories 14-238 I'll post some pictures as soon as I can.
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Old 06-14-2014, 06:46 AM   #473
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Add a spring in between the screw in stake and the ratchet strap to give a little
Wouldn't this defeat the purpose of the hold down poles?
I can see it for the manual type, but wonder about the electric "OC" style legs. Seems easy for a gust to collapse the legs (by moving them from vertical) and releasing the awning to flap.
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Old 06-14-2014, 08:35 AM   #474
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Wouldn't this defeat the purpose of the hold down poles?
I can see it for the manual type, but wonder about the electric "OC" style legs. Seems easy for a gust to collapse the legs (by moving them from vertical) and releasing the awning to flap.

X2...seems to me the poles are there to keep the awning from moving. Once you lock the arms down with the thumb wheels, I would not want any give in the awning during a windy day. JMO, YMMV.
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Old 06-14-2014, 10:35 AM   #475
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X2...seems to me the poles are there to keep the awning from moving. Once you lock the arms down with the thumb wheels, I would not want any give in the awning during a windy day. JMO, YMMV.
(chuckle) you guys sound JUST like DH. That's why springs have not been used yet. His words: springs defeat the entire purpose.

Me? I can't get my mindset off of "well wouldn't a little flexibility help prevent tearing something up if we're away from the RV and a big wind hits"?

So, the springs will be taking up space in the "everything else" drawer in the RV. Mark my word, some day they'll be just what we need for some other issue that comes up.
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Old 06-14-2014, 06:02 PM   #476
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Wouldn't this defeat the purpose of the hold down poles?
I can see it for the manual type, but wonder about the electric "OC" style legs. Seems easy for a gust to collapse the legs (by moving them from vertical) and releasing the awning to flap.
I don't think it defeats the purpose I believe if the wind reaches the point that the spring gives that much its time to put the awning in anyway. The spring is so you don't over stress the awning with the straps.
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I don't think it defeats the purpose I believe if the wind reaches the point that the spring gives that much its time to put the awning in anyway. The spring is so you don't over stress the awning with the straps.
Have to agree with Herk,.
IMO the shock load with a spring is harder on the whole awning than the constant pull of the straps. If they are forecasting winds above 30mph, I want the awning in anyway so if necessary I can possibly hook up and leave. So far, never had to retract the awning.
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If i were going to put springs on mine i would not bother to put the extra poles and tie down on. you already has gas powered shocks on so why would need extra springs?? Have saw to many already blown over the camper electric and manual that were not tied down. I will be tying down the electric like i have done the manual for years.
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Why could you not use a ratcheting cargo pole? There would be no drilling needed and you could ratchet the post to the tension needed.
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Old 06-14-2014, 07:54 PM   #480
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The spring is so you don't over stress the awning with the straps.
This is the miracle of OC's design; there almost no stress on the awning material. The strap is on the bracket and the stress is almost vertical on the pole. The strap's job is to keep the POLE from moving.

Once the pole starts moving the awning will start flapping and the chance of damage to the awning "goes through the roof" (sorry ).
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