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Old 03-10-2014, 11:26 PM   #1
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First Attempt at Awning poles

My first attempt At Awning poles. Made 3 because I Have a long awning and wanted a center support. Used Harbor Freight's cargo bars as most of this and a piece of PVC to make a cradle. A ratchet strap will go over the awning and connect on the back side of the pole. On the other side it will go down and hook to a spring from an old trampoline and that connects to a dog tie out. The spring acts to absorb the shock from a gust of wind allowing some give.
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Old 03-10-2014, 11:29 PM   #2
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:00 AM   #3
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I like the idea of the spring, making your own "weak spot" is a great idea. Let me kow how they work for you, I'm in the market to make my own.
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:14 AM   #4
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On my old trailer I had a manual awning and used the ratchet strap and spring and they worked great together.
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Old 04-12-2014, 11:59 AM   #5
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Finally got the awning out and was able to try my awning poles
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Old 04-12-2014, 12:02 PM   #6
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I do have a question about my electric awning? Some have mentioned being able to tilt theirs and mine doesn't seem to have any way to do this.
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Old 04-12-2014, 12:22 PM   #7
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I do have a question about my electric awning? Some have mentioned being able to tilt theirs and mine doesn't seem to have any way to do this.
Do you know where that little black knob is that you tighten down? Pull the side that you want down and tighten the black knob. It will pull down easy and leave the other all the way out. That side will hold it full out and other will be tilted as you want. You really only need a slight slope 2" is plenty it will not hold water. I make it run to the outside end away from the door way........ Thats how I do it even with poles attached.
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On my old trailer I had a manual awning and used the ratchet strap and spring and they worked great together.
wish I still had the manual, They where a lot better and held up in wind. If you wanted poles just pull them from the bracket that they sat in on the trailer. The metal was also a lot stronger. Never had a problem with them......
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Do you know where that little black knob is that you tighten down? Pull the side that you want down and tighten the black knob. It will pull down easy and leave the other all the way out. That side will hold it full out and other will be tilted as you want. You really only need a slight slope 2" is plenty it will not hold water. I make it run to the outside end away from the door way........ Thats how I do it even with poles attached.
Mine hasn't got a knob to tighten anywhere on the arms.
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What year is your trailer? My 08 Flagstaff didn't have any adjustments either. I just cut 2" off the end of the factory arm and got an automatic 6" drop on that end. Never affected the rolling of the awning either. Later in 08, Dometic/A&E came out with the adjustable arm which they would provide for free. My 12 Flagstaff has both arms adjustable and I never tighten them other than just enough to keep from loosing the knobs.
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