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Old 05-24-2012, 09:45 PM   #1
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Awning support arm

I recently purchased a 2011 Shamrock 21ss with power awning.Well when pulling out the other day I caught the rear support arm on the fence causing the middle two rivets on the support to pull out.Took it to the dealer thinking it would be a quick fix but they said the whole support arm needs to be replaced and it would be $550.The awning still extends and retracts but right at retracting all the way I have to push it in. I tried using screws to see if that would work but they keep pulling out.Anyone have any suggestions.Please help.Also what kind of sealant should I use on the side to keep water from getting in the holes where the rivets pulled out.Thanks .
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Old 05-24-2012, 09:59 PM   #2
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Do you have any idea what is inside the trailer behind where the rivets pulled out? Can you make a plate out of metal, paint it and bolt thru the wall and use acorn nuts? I would make sure to use stainless steel screws/bolt, nuts & washers. As for caulking, I would use a rope putty and surround the holes while the arm is pulled away and then tighten.
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Old 05-24-2012, 11:17 PM   #3
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May want to consider filling holes with a hard epoxy, then re-drill new hole when hardened and re-rivit or use screw.
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Old 05-25-2012, 12:07 AM   #4
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when one of my supports pulled out (old awnin), it turned out that there wasn't anything behind it. it had been screwed into the thin fiberglass shell and a very thin piece on luan. hopefully urs is actually screwed into something solid.
i fixed mine by going in from the bottom and putting a metal plate in there. that isn't hard to do at the bottom.
i like dunnnc's fix. wish there was a less visible way...

by any chance do u have cabinets over the area where it pulled out (of the outside wall). if so, it would make the fix easy to hide.
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