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Old 03-24-2013, 01:22 PM   #1
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Slide out awning re-tension

Has anyone increased the tension on a slide out awning? Think I need to on our main slide.
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Old 03-24-2013, 03:43 PM   #2
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Hard to believe that nobody has re-tensioned a slide out topper awning on this phorum.
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Old 03-24-2013, 03:49 PM   #3
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Hard to believe that nobody has re-tensioned a slide out topper awning on this phorum.
Don't have one ..... no need to tension it.

If I had an answer I'd definitely fill ya in!
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Old 03-24-2013, 06:28 PM   #4
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Has anyone increased the tension on a slide out awning? Think I need to on our main slide.
Have you ever found anything to teach you how to fix the tension on an awning. Thanks
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:02 PM   #5
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Here are two links, one for Dometic, the other for Carefree.

Page 12 of this manual covers the number of turns.

http://www.carefreeofcolorado.com/do...e%20Manual.pdf

Page 2 of this manual covers the number of turns.

http://www.dometic.com/FileOrganizer...ts-list_EN.pdf

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Old 03-24-2013, 08:14 PM   #6
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Here are two links, one for Dometic, the other for Carefree.

Page 12 of this manual covers the number of turns.

http://www.carefreeofcolorado.com/do...e%20Manual.pdf

Page 2 of this manual covers the number of turns.

http://www.dometic.com/FileOrganizer...ts-list_EN.pdf

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Thanks, I also found an installation manual. They both say 13 turns. I think I will start with pulling the slide in and increasing the torsion by 1 turn on both ends. May take a few tries, but will eventually get it where the rain doesn't puddle in it.
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In order to increase the tension you will have to remove the awning material then add a turn to the tension and reinstall awning mat. To stop the water from pooling in the awning we slide an air mattress under the awning. The air mattress does double duty, it stops the water from pooling and decreases the noise of the awning when it flaps in the wind.
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Old 03-25-2013, 02:02 PM   #8
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Good one Caper, guess a medium vinyl ball would word as well, easier to stow?
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Old 03-25-2013, 02:31 PM   #9
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In order to increase the tension you will have to remove the awning material then add a turn to the tension and reinstall awning mat. To stop the water from pooling in the awning we slide an air mattress under the awning. The air mattress does double duty, it stops the water from pooling and decreases the noise of the awning when it flaps in the wind.
Just have to remove the brackets on the slide and put another turn in each end. Even tho' the air mattress is a good idea, I don't want to have something else to store and also climb up a ladder to install it. Thanks for the good idea tho'.
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You want to be careful removing the brackets. The awning is under tension and could rewind causing damage to you or the trailer. If I am not mistaken you have to remove the fabric in order to adjust tension on the rail.
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You want to be careful removing the brackets. The awning is under tension and could rewind causing damage to you or the trailer. If I am not mistaken you have to remove the fabric in order to adjust tension on the rail.
Don't think so, just run the slide in, remove the bracket on the front end and put a turn in, re-install the bracket. About the same as adding tension to your oh garage door, except not as strong or dangerous.
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Don't think so, just run the slide in, remove the bracket on the front end and put a turn in, re-install the bracket. About the same as adding tension to your oh garage door, except not as strong or dangerous.
Thanks so much for the help
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Well, turns out to be quite easy, I just retracted the slide in to within 6" of the side, removed the one screw holding the roller bracket on the hex shaft, the 2 screws holding the hex shaft in the mounting bracket, pushed the hex shaft in to dis-engage the roller bracket while holding the bracket. Added 2 turns to the tension and re-installed. Took less than 20 minutes for both sides. Won't know if it helped or not until it rains again, but we'll see.
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All good Intel! After watching some videos about TT options and service, I knew I wanted the slide awning to protect the seals. When I ordered the TT, I specifically requested the awning. I had no clue you could even adjust the tension on the awnings. Thanks so much!
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I like the ball idea that would be easy
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Well, turns out to be quite easy, I just retracted the slide in to within 6" of the side, removed the one screw holding the roller bracket on the hex shaft, the 2 screws holding the hex shaft in the mounting bracket, pushed the hex shaft in to dis-engage the roller bracket while holding the bracket. Added 2 turns to the tension and re-installed. Took less than 20 minutes for both sides. Won't know if it helped or not until it rains again, but we'll see.

I know I'm bumping an old post - but I just want to thank Old Coot for posting this. It help me a lot in figuring out how to set the tension on my slide topper, and described it here.
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