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Old 09-05-2014, 08:33 PM   #691
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Old 09-05-2014, 09:11 PM   #692
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Old Coot, Put my kit on today and used the painter polls from you instructions, I took them apart and cut about 16 inches off so that when I story them back against the rails they don't stick down below them. My question is should I drill and pin the polls or does the twist lock work ok on them? One thing I also did was use a peace of black pipe wrap on the lower U bracket to keep them tight and rattle free. Thanks for the help, nice mod.
Also did some mod work on light in bathroom, moved switch out beside door so that you don't have to go all the way in to turn on light. Moved the city water connection down and outward to make it easier to hook up.
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Old 09-05-2014, 09:34 PM   #693
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Old Coot, Put my kit on today and used the painter polls from you instructions, I took them apart and cut about 16 inches off so that when I story them back against the rails they don't stick down below them. My question is should I drill and pin the polls or does the twist lock work ok on them? One thing I also did was use a peace of black pipe wrap on the lower U bracket to keep them tight and rattle free. Thanks for the help, nice mod...
I don't know if the twist lock will hold or not. I would keep a 17/64" dia drill bit and drill motor handy just in case they don't hold.

Glad they worked out for you. Thanks!
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Old 09-06-2014, 08:15 AM   #694
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I just used 2" and 1 1/2" pvc pipe. Drilled a series of holes in the smaller pipe and one hole in the bigger.......used a couple of hitch pins to hold it to the right height. Use a couple of rachet straps over the end of the awning tube hooked to a screw in anchor to the ground. Big wind comes up.....takes me about 45 seconds to unhook the straps....hit the button and roll the awning in. Pipe and hitch pins....about 20 bucks total.
That's the idea that started the awning poles, I just came up with brackets to make them self storing.
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Old 09-06-2014, 11:23 AM   #695
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Are y'all making these mods after the warranty runs out? Just wondering if attaching brackets etc. would void it.


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Old 09-06-2014, 11:26 AM   #696
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Are y'all making these mods after the warranty runs out? Just wondering if attaching brackets etc. would void it.


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I just got 2 dog tie downs that you can hammer in the ground and then 2 ratchet straps that I attach from the ends on the awning to the dog tie downs and done. $25 and done.
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Old 09-06-2014, 11:45 AM   #697
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Are y'all making these mods after the warranty runs out? Just wondering if attaching brackets etc. would void it.
The upper brackets use the factory bolts for attaching and you only drill (2) 3/16" dia holes in the lower arms. Nothing to void a warranty.
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Old 09-06-2014, 11:53 AM   #698
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How do you hook them to the awning roller itself, like to see a picture if you have time to post one also.....
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Old 09-06-2014, 12:30 PM   #699
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On my previous camper I had a "manual" awning and I had it flip over the top in wind..not tied down. Dealer installed new arms (ax $500.) and asked if I wanted the old damaged arms. Of course I did! Anyway I traded for a new 230 FBS Tracer with electric awning. I was impressed with OC's brackets, but not the poles. Remember those damaged arms? Well they have a pair of adjustable "legs" in the horizontal position with a knob that locks them. They happen to be the perfect length and size to fit OC's brackets. They have a baked white paint finish and would match any white unit. Mine has black arms, so I sand blasted them and painted them black. Only thing I had to add was a "foot" under each pole. With these there is no need to try to line up holes to put a pin thru, just tighten the friction knob. They are square aluminum and probably weigh less than painters poles or pvc tubes. Visited the dealer that replaced the damaged arms a few years ago and showed him what I had done. He said he had a bin full, of those damaged arms ready to take to the scrap yard. Look at someone that has the manual awning and you will see the ones that work (NOT the vertical poles, to big and heavy) Dealers that made these repairs probably have some in their scrap pile. I thought of making an offer to the dealer that had a bin full, but I remembered OC's experience when selling and shipping his poles ... not going to happen again here!
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[QUOTE=Klemintine;695874]On my previous camper I had a "manual" awning and I had it flip over the top in wind..not tied down. Dealer installed new arms (ax $500.) and asked if I wanted the old damaged arms. Of course I did! Anyway I traded for a new 230 FBS Tracer with electric awning. I was impressed with OC's brackets, but not the poles. Remember those damaged arms? Well they have a pair of adjustable "legs" in the horizontal position with a knob that locks them. They happen to be the perfect length and size to fit OC's brackets. They have a baked white paint finish and would match any white unit. Mine has black arms, so I sand blasted them and painted them black. Only thing I had to add was a "foot" under each pole. With these there is no need to try to line up holes to put a pin thru, just tighten the friction knob.

Unless they are different from the ones i have for a manual awning they will mot work with OC's brackets. But you can make some brackets similar to his that will work. I decided against that and used painters poles. Might look better painted white but so far the tan color is just fine with me. I just need to cut them off about 8" to be even with the electric awning poles.
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