Well my parts finally arrived through ebay so today was the day the install the new awning arm on my camper trailer pictured above. The original insult occurred when my nurse pulled up too close along side and hooked her passenger side mirror on the awning arm. She is kind enough to allow me to park the camper in her driveway with electric hookup to her house all year long for which I am forever grateful. Realizing she was stuck she did what many people do.........note I said people and not women
........she gave it more gas. (Now if this had been my wife who depresses both brake and accelerator at the same time she would have released the brake pedal). This immediately shattered her mirror and made my awning arm look like a gigantic praying mantis with rheumatoid arthritis. So I excised the defective and slightly bent parts from the patient and installed the new ones. To my great surprise the folded awning arm is under considerable spring loaded pressure when the damper is fully depressed. Apparently its neutral position is in the fully extended position. So when I removed the restraining strap I went flying off my ladder across the yard landing with perfect technique on my keaster. My nurses granddaughter cheered and said "Do it again Kaba." ( They all call me Kaba. I don't know why). Then I had an epiphany. This must be what all those warning stickers were about.
The rest of the project went smoothly and resulted in a completely restored awning. More pleasant memories from the world of camping but some night when things get a little slow I might just try that catapult ride again.
PS: These things come in pairs and I only needed one so if anyone needs one, in the words of Leonard Cohen "I'm your man."