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Old 06-30-2015, 03:18 PM   #1
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Awning Malfunction

As we were heading north toward some great camping in Spooner, Wisconsin over the weekend we came upon a TT in front of us. Just as we caught up, the awning on the TT extended (at 60 mph) shredding the awning and mangling both support arms. How does that happen and is there something that should be done to guard against it?
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Old 06-30-2015, 03:30 PM   #2
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that's a good question, hope someone has a reply to this.
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Old 06-30-2015, 03:32 PM   #3
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I believe oc made an awning lock, other then that? I think it'll just happen.

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There are a few threads on awning locks.....you can do a search above....

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http://awninglock.com/index.shtml
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My solution follows the KISS principle. I wrap a velcro strap (about 10"long made by Camco) around each awning arm. They're thin enough to slide behind the part that bolts to the trailer.
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Old 06-30-2015, 09:06 PM   #6
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My solution follows the KISS principle. I wrap a velcro strap (about 10"long made by Camco) around each awning arm. They're thin enough to slide behind the part that bolts to the trailer.
Sorry to tell you, but locking the arms will not keep the awing from unrolling on the tube if the motor goes south. Once the motor turns loose, the torsion spring will automatically unroll the material.
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There are a few threads on awning locks.....you can do a search above....

Save Your RV Awning with an RV Awning Travel Lock!
I installed the awning lock (in the link above) on our Wildcat this past weekend. Install was simple & easy.

Now, I just need to label the switch to remind the awning operator (namely me) to release the lock before attempting to deploy the awning.
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If manual awning I put a u bolt style around the arms cause I didn't understand the locks completely. My father drives a truck for a living. He said blow outs and awnings is he what he had noticed.

Haven't worried about the electric awning. Again I don't know everything about them. The only sure thing I could see be a racket strap placed between the camper and awning. I don't want to have to deal with the chaping of the strap on the camper.

Seen OC has made a locking device but I haven't had a scare or the home base to build anything like that.


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Now, I just need to label the switch to remind the awning operator (namely me) to release the lock before attempting to deploy the awning.
Might try something like this ( see below) . I use these on the knobs that lock down the dump function on the awning . I never forget to loosen knobs before closing awning. Also have one on power connector to remind me to check WH switch.

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Hope you don't have a Dometic awning with a bad motor..like mine!!
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