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Old 05-15-2015, 06:38 AM   #1
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Locking knobs on awning arms wont stay locked

Used our new XLR toyhauler for the first time last week-end and we were unable to use the awning. Every time a bit of wind came up the locking knobs allowed the arms to slide back to the highest position. We were worried the awning would be damaged. Anybody else have this problem? I know awning tie downs would be a solution but we'd rather not use them if there is another solution.
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Old 05-15-2015, 07:01 AM   #2
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Used our new XLR toyhauler for the first time last week-end and we were unable to use the awning. Every time a bit of wind came up the locking knobs allowed the arms to slide back to the highest position. We were worried the awning would be damaged. Anybody else have this problem? I know awning tie downs would be a solution but we'd rather not use them if there is another solution.
No other solution.
Oc's awning brackets and a set of poles.
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Do you have a tightening knob that holds the sliding bar together? I would suggest a double star washer. Maybe one between the slot bar and the awning bar also.
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Old 05-15-2015, 08:34 AM   #4
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Do you have a tightening knob that holds the sliding bar together? I would suggest a double star washer. Maybe one between the slot bar and the awning bar also.
Placing a star washer between the (Sliding Alum.Arms) would be a No No! For Many reasons! Youroo!!
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Old 05-15-2015, 08:46 AM   #5
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Used our new XLR toyhauler for the first time last week-end and we were unable to use the awning. Every time a bit of wind came up the locking knobs allowed the arms to slide back to the highest position. We were worried the awning would be damaged. Anybody else have this problem? I know awning tie downs would be a solution but we'd rather not use them if there is another solution.
After collapsing the strut to the desired position I have to over tighten the locking knob quite a bit for it to hold but it does hold. There is only a small square piece of metal inside the tube that the knob screws into to draw the square down against the adjusting arm. Not very efficient but a longer piece of metal (more area contact) would work better and that is what I am going to make and install.
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Old 05-15-2015, 10:30 AM   #6
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A spiral anchor (dog chain anchor) into the earth (where possible) at each end of the awning with a rope around the roller, works for me and the "dump feature" still functions. A rigid pipe would stop it from dumping; it seems to me.
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A dog chain spiral anchor at each end and a rope works for me and that way the "dump feature" still functions. A rigid pipe would stop it from dumping; it seems to me.
Just tilt the awning with the adjustable poles.
Just like you did the old manual awnings.

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Will that work if you're not there to do it?
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A rigid pipe would stop it from dumping; it seems to me.
I asked that same question and it would. You would just have to set one end lower.
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Will that work if you're not there to do it?
Not there to do what?
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