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Old 12-10-2016, 08:08 AM   #1
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Awning end cap put back on wrong :-(

Quick question, General RV put the end cap on my awning wrong last year after a awning replacement and I have no opening to the track to slide my lights in. My question is, can I drill out the 3 rivits, spin it and put in new rivits without messing it up. Don't wanna have my 5th well in the shop for a week for this little repair.
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Old 12-10-2016, 08:29 AM   #2
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Can you just cut a new slot in the cap where you need it without removing the cap with a small grinder?


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Quick question, General RV put the end cap on my awning wrong last year after a awning replacement and I have no opening to the track to slide my lights in. My question is, can I drill out the 3 rivits, spin it and put in new rivits without messing it up. Don't wanna have my 5th well in the shop for a week for this little repair.
Yes you can drill out and replace the rivets but depending on the type/brand of awning you have there are procedures for making sure that you lock out the spring so that you do not damage the spring or winding mechanism.
Check out this video as an example for instructions on replacing the awning fabric on an A&E/Dometic awning. (At 4min 23 sec they drill out the rivets.) Note that there are a number of different manufactures of awnings. Not sure which one you have but you may want to do a bit more searching to find the right instructions for your applications.

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Old 12-10-2016, 09:54 AM   #4
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Cut a new slot. But, I suggest a dremel type tool because you will have more control.
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Old 12-10-2016, 01:55 PM   #5
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Yes. You can drill out rivets to reposition end cap. This would be the correct way to do it. There is spring tension there so be careful. Tension will have to be relieved prior to drilling out rivets.
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@rvdoctor, hiw do I relieve the tension?
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@rvdoctor, hiw do I relieve the tension?
You may not have to release tension for what you are trying to do. See the video provided (1min 45sec) for a method of securing spring.
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@tom39. The side I need to spin is the left side where they put the pin in. Is that separate from the cap so I can spin it? I will be at my rv tomorrow so I can get a better look at it.
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It has been a while since I worked on an awning but from what I recall the spring tension shaft is held by the awning arm and the cap is just the bearing to keep the shaft centered.
But without seeing what you have I can't give you a 100% accurate information. However, my gut tells me that if you have enough room where you can drill the rivets, slide the cap off enough to be able to spin it without having to remove the shaft from the arm you should be fine.
Take some pictures if you get the chance and that might help.
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Old 12-10-2016, 06:02 PM   #10
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I will do.. thank you.
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