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Old 05-17-2009, 01:31 PM   #11
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My inner supports have been ordered. They are called rafter supports, these are the ones that are attached to the campers gutter and once the awning is open they slide up in the main supports and lock in place at the roller. My rafters broke at the revits where they are attached to the gutter on both sides. I wish I had taken a pic of It.
Rockwood, did the rafter arms collapse that you can see? The problem with the rafters is that if they collapse then they allow slack in the awning which allows it to billow and then do more damage to itself. I saw a trick a guy did at a campground one time which I then adopted which is that once you have your rafters adjusted to where you want them, you drill a hole through the outer one so that it just misses the end of the other section on the inside and insert a hitch pin through them so that the rafter can never collapse. You could also run the hole through both arms but lining up the holes to insert the pin could be a bit of a pain. No matter how hard you turn down that tension screw, mother nature can overcome it. The pins worked great on our old awning.
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Old 05-17-2009, 09:53 PM   #12
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Rockwood, did the rafter arms collapse that you can see? The problem with the rafters is that if they collapse then they allow slack in the awning which allows it to billow and then do more damage to itself. I saw a trick a guy did at a campground one time which I then adopted which is that once you have your rafters adjusted to where you want them, you drill a hole through the outer one so that it just misses the end of the other section on the inside and insert a hitch pin through them so that the rafter can never collapse. You could also run the hole through both arms but lining up the holes to insert the pin could be a bit of a pain. No matter how hard you turn down that tension screw, mother nature can overcome it. The pins worked great on our old awning.

NWJeeper, from what I can tell the rafters did not collapse, they snap at the revits where they are attached to the hardwear that are attached to the gutter. I saved the rafters and I have them here at home. Maybe I will take a picture of them and post them. My camper is two hours away and I will be going up this weekend. I had thought about cutting both broken ends off and redrilling them then install a pin as you mention. Now the way it works with my local RV shop, I have to pay for the parts in full before they would order them. Because the service Manager knows me he had all ready ordered the parts with out payment, so at this point I will have to wait for the parts to come in, I don't want to get him into hot water with his boss since he didn't follow proceedure. As far as the tension screw, It was in the same position as I had it, which is strange. I wounder if the rafters were cracked at the revit to start with.
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Old 05-18-2009, 09:36 PM   #13
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Pic of the rafters

NWJeeper, here are the rafters as they came off the camper, they are fully intact, but as you can see by the ends where they had snap off at the roof. This is the revit end that is connect to the hardwear that clamps to the gutter.
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Old 09-26-2009, 01:56 PM   #14
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Rockwood06 stated that the power awnings can't be tilted nor tie-downs used. Does anyone know why? Isn't it very important to have the tie-downs?
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Old 09-28-2009, 10:40 AM   #15
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My daughter and her family were camping, and during the night a wind came up and put the awning over the roof of the trailer. In the adjacent camping spot were their friends. The awning was blown over their roof also. Both were staked down.

Point is, no matter what awning you have, and whether it is tied down or not, if you are going to be away, roll it up.

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Rockwood06 stated that the power awnings can't be tilted nor tie-downs used. Does anyone know why? Isn't it very important to have the tie-downs?
Colorado High, when the power awnings First came out they were not design to tilte as far as tie-downs I am really not sure of that, but I do know is that with the power awning, once full extened the roller sets high off the ground where one may have trouble reaching it to install tie-down straps with out a ladder. With me at 5' 6" I would need all the help I can get. There have been complaints because the power awnings not titling, the manufacture made a design change last year and I saw it on a V-Cross at the Hershey rv show. As far as deflappers, they can be installed but you have to buy the ones that have the adjustable straps that attach to the upper rafter, the hard gray ones will not work and that's because they are in a fix postion the part that attaches to the upper rafter must be able to ben. The awning material is higher then the side supports, with a standard awning, the upper rafter and the awning material are even.
As far as have tie-down.....I will never open my awning with out using them again, Some people have been luck, but I well tell, It is a $1300 mistake x 2.
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