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Old 06-27-2015, 08:38 AM   #1
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Easy Awning Mod / Lock

On our last trip out, during a light breeze, one of the awning knobs that tightens the support came loose (found the captive nut in knob had stripped) and that side of the awning partially collapsed.
On returning home, had a few of these captive wire pin locks and used them. They're 1/4 inch x 2 inch. Drilled a 5/16 inch hole through the extended support, behind the knob. Hole goes thru both parts of the tubing.
Now, when setting up, after support is extended, Pin goes in, locks, and no more worry.
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Old 06-27-2015, 08:53 AM   #2
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Old 06-27-2015, 11:24 AM   #3
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Why not replace the knob? What you did looks good but, now you cannot adjust your awning for rain drainage.
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Old 06-27-2015, 11:34 AM   #4
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I did replace the knob, actually both of them. Awning will still come down enough on one side (rear) for water drainage (front can't come down due to slide out). However, if I do have to lower it a lot, simple matter to drill an extra hole lower down and insert the pin.
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Old 06-27-2015, 12:46 PM   #5
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Looks like a great idea. We'll keep that in mind. The awning on our Shamrock 23ss wasn't automatic & seemed sturdier than the one on our Rockwood 2604. We may need this mod in the future.
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Old 06-28-2015, 10:30 AM   #6
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Looks like a great idea. We'll keep that in mind. The awning on our Shamrock 23ss wasn't automatic & seemed sturdier than the one on our Rockwood 2604. We may need this mod in the future.
Keep in mind our awnings have an "automatic dump feature." If you forget to lower one end of the awning before a rain and the awning collects water, the support will give way, dump the awning then return to its extended position.
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I don't know if this would work on a power/electric awning. Mine is a manual extend/retract, and it does exactly what I needed it to do, and I can still lower one side to let water run off.
Not sure how the power awnings are set up or what safety features they have.
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Old 06-28-2015, 11:56 AM   #8
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Keep in mind our awnings have an "automatic dump feature." If you forget to lower one end of the awning before a rain and the awning collects water, the support will give way, dump the awning then return to its extended position.
Thanks. We have the same trailer as you. You mean that the auto awning will dump the water if it accumulates and then go back to its original position?

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I don't know if this would work on a power/electric awning. Mine is a manual extend/retract, and it does exactly what I needed it to do, and I can still lower one side to let water run off.
Not sure how the power awnings are set up or what safety features they have.
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This is the Info that should have been incorporated in Post #1! Grumpys awning is a (Manual Type)! Don't drill and pin if your unit has (Elect Type)!! Youroo!!
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youroo, your right and I do apologize. Thought that pics of the awning supports with the knobs would suffice.
To all, my awning is a MANUAL type where the supports are a tube in a tube sliding type where this pin would work .
Again, a thousand apologizes.
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