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Old 07-07-2019, 03:32 PM   #1
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Bent electric awning on 2507

I accidentally hit my awning when pulling out of storage. Has anyone done this and were you able to repair without replacing the whole awning? I think the metal arms are bent but awning is still good. I'm afraid to open the awning for fear it won't go back in. Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 07-07-2019, 03:42 PM   #2
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Most awning parts are available separately. You will need to open it up to see what is bent beyond straightening and what is broken. You may be able to straighten the bent parts and reuse them.
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Old 07-07-2019, 03:42 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum its a great place to get your questions answered. Many of us have bent our awning arms, send a pic so forum members can give you good advice on how to proceed.
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Old 07-07-2019, 03:46 PM   #4
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Can you post a photo?
Certainly awnings are repairable but we really have no clue what you might need.
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Old 07-07-2019, 06:48 PM   #5
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Pictures of bent awning

Here are some pictures. Do you think it's okay to open the awning? I'm not sure it will go back in if I open.
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Old 07-07-2019, 07:50 PM   #6
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Hmmm. Looks like the tube is bent as well as one of the arms....and the fabric looks torn.

I would either let the insurance fix it or search for salvage parts. If I understand correctly you can shorten the tube, but itís a booger stretching it.
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Old 07-07-2019, 09:10 PM   #7
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I can't tell if the tube is bent or not, the fabric is not torn just pulled out of the track which you should be able to put back in with help. I would put it out so that you can actually check the tube and rest of the parts. I seem to remember FR will only sell the complete arm set left or right and not the individual parts but worth a try. If your insurance will cover have it done if you don't want to try repairing it yourself.
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Old 07-08-2019, 03:16 PM   #8
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I can't tell if the tube is bent or not, the fabric is not torn just pulled out of the track which you should be able to put back in with help. I would put it out so that you can actually check the tube and rest of the parts. I seem to remember FR will only sell the complete arm set left or right and not the individual parts but worth a try. If your insurance will cover have it done if you don't want to try repairing it yourself.
I agree with your findings! Arms don't look bent from what I could see in the pictures. "Legman": I would open it fully as suggested. Then you will get a better evaluation of damage. It may not be as bad as you think.
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Out of the rain gutter...

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I agree with your findings! Arms don't look bent from what I could see in the pictures. "Legman": I would open it fully as suggested. Then you will get a better evaluation of damage. It may not be as bad as you think.
I can't tell whether there is leg damage either. I see that the where the top hem of the awning anchors to the rain gutter, the first several inches are out. You can put it back in yourself, but you will need three people, some tools, and a stepladder.

The top hem of the awning includes a 1/8" steel rod which runs the length of the awning.The hem and rod are usually within a C-shaped channel that is part of the rain gutter. In your case, the first several inches were pulled out of the channel and the rod was bent.

Here is what I would do to repair it:
--Unroll the awning about a foot, then lock the roller.
--Unscrew both top brackets from the trailer.
--Remove the legs from the bottom brackets. Have two people hold these.
--Look carefully at the C-shaped channel. You will see a hex-washer-head screw into the channel which keeps the steel rod from sliding. You might also see a 1" piece of plastic tubing in the channel. Remove the screw. Slide the tubing out the end of the channel.
--Have the two people walk the awning to the right until the bent part of the rod is beyond the end of the C-channel. The third person should stand on the ladder or sit on the roof and tug on the awning fabric to help them.
--Once the rod-bend is right at the end of the C-channel, pull on the rod to straighten it. It will be helpful to use a pliers to rotate the rod so it points at 6 o'clock or 12 o'clock before bending it.
--Once the rod is straight, restore the awning to the original position. The ladder/roof person will move to the left end because the awning pulls better than it pushes. Someone should watch as the bend area goes back into the channel, to make sure it doesn't catch and tear.
--Re-insert the plastic tubing and hex-washer head screw.
--Insert legs into bottom brackets.
--Re-install top brackets. Add some butyl tape. This is a known spot for leaks.

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Old 07-08-2019, 08:38 PM   #10
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Thanks for the information

Thanks everyone for the information and I will try to open the awning to see the entire damage.

Larry, Do you know of a video that shows what you explained in your post?

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