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Old 05-28-2012, 05:12 PM   #1
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2004 Flagstaff 227 - Awning set-up?

We just purchased an awesome FS - 227 pop-up/tent camper, with no manual. Set-up is a breeze, however, the awning poles which drop to the ground, extend, but do not lock into place. They really don't support the awning because they really don't tighten or lock. Are we doing something incorrectly? Or has anyone rigged their poles some way to make them more secure and stable?
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Old 05-29-2012, 07:37 AM   #2
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You need to rotate the bottom pole to get the "button" to line-up with the hole.
On our poles the button is in line with the rivet that holds the strap at the bottom.

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Old 05-29-2012, 11:22 AM   #3
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Thanks Bean. The only holes we have are located on the bottom pole, at the bottom. They look like holes for staking the poles. There are no other holes or, spring locks. You can twist the poles a little and they seem to tighten just a little. But not sturdy enough for much wind. Baffled. Maybe, the awning support is just cheap!
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Old 05-30-2012, 12:48 PM   #4
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This may not help but I'll pass it along anyway. Twist-lock poles rely on friction between the inside of the pole and a plastic bushing on the end of the smaller diameter section. The bushing expands when the pole section it's attached to is turned. What I've seen happen is that the bushing gets enough dust, or aluminum oxide, or whatever, on it (even tho it's inside the pole) that there's no longer enough friction to either tighten the joint or hold it once is IS tight. If you can take the two sections apart you can clean out both the inside of the larger section and the expandable bushing. Unfortunately, some companies make their sets non-removable.

I had a collapsible hiking stick that worked that way. It got so I couldn't use it. A good cleaning fixed it until the next time it got enough dust inside.

If you can't fix it, you might try using a screw-type hose clamp to keep the pole at the length you want it.
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