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Old 06-27-2015, 01:22 PM   #31
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Old 06-27-2015, 01:32 PM   #32
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Y'all did good! I would still play with a hinge idea. LOL
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Old 06-27-2015, 02:04 PM   #33
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Y'all did good! I would still play with a hinge idea. LOL
OC, I read the post about a hinge, but honestly I don't understand it,.....don't see how a hinge would improve, make stronger, or even make what we have now easier to use,..... not even exactly sure how it would be used?

in the maintenance shop the motto is "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" , and I'm satisfied that now this mod ain't broke,....I think its time to stop on this one and move on to the next one,.....I know there's a next one, with a travel trailer, there's always a "next" one..........................
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Old 06-27-2015, 02:09 PM   #34
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OC, I read the post about a hinge, but honestly I don't understand it,.....don't see how a hinge would improve, make stronger, or even make what we have now easier to use,..... not even exactly sure how it would be used?

in the maintenance shop the motto is "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" , and I'm satisfied that now this mod ain't broke,....I think its time to stop on this one and move on to the next one,.....I know there's a next one, with a travel trailer, there's always a "next" one..........................
The hinge would eliminate having to take the front pole off, absolutely nothing wrong with what you guys have done, I would just play with the hinge to see if it could be done. LOL
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Old 06-27-2015, 02:38 PM   #35
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Very nice.
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Old 06-27-2015, 11:06 PM   #36
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Only difference in our setups......I stayed with the enlarged eye bolt at outer end, letting it float in the eye, and at the trailer...the upper pivot pin that the awning arm is attached to,and pivots on, instead of adding another bolt, I removed that pin and added a few threads to a 3/8" ss bolt so that as lock nut was tightened it wouldn't pinch the track that the factory had installed to hold awning arms in place, used a standard nut tightened down to the end of threads, slid pole on, installed lock nut to retain post to pivot, and at the bottom, instead of making bracket and mounting to trailer side, I just drilled a 5/16" hole thru one side (the outer that the pole is on) of the factory guide that's factory bolted to trailer about 3" up from bottom, found a 5/16" bolt that didn't have a lot of thread but a long shank, cut the bolt head off, drilled a small hole for a hairpin at the outer end of bolt,rounded off cut shank to make a pin that, after drilling a matching hole in the sliding pole that would slip on to this pin and be retained by the hairpin....Confused? me too!
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Old 06-28-2015, 07:53 AM   #37
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The hinge would eliminate having to take the front pole off, absolutely nothing wrong with what you guys have done, I would just play with the hinge to see if it could be done. LOL
After thinking about it a little more, the hinge will work for folding, BUT, it will NOT work for holding the de-flapper unless the hinge could be locked when in the deployed position as it would pivot up and down with the awning material. Another idea shot down! Such is life!
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Old 06-28-2015, 08:35 AM   #38
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With you living on the coast, in the sun belt, I would think a little more bracing would help. Electric awning?
I made my awning poles which are adjustable or my electric awning. And very seldom use the de-flappers......only when it gets very windy.
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Old 06-30-2015, 10:42 PM   #39
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Nice mod and thank you OC for the pole kit. Works well. Got really tested last weekend.


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Old 07-10-2015, 01:51 PM   #40
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sitting in the campground right now and using both the awning de-flapper rail and also "The Claw" hold-down device for the first time,....am very pleased with both, .......the de-flapper rail is ever bit as easy to set up and as functional as I had hoped, maybe even more so,......"The Claw" is much easier to attach to the ground than the screw was, and I'm convinced it will hold stronger,.....
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