Originally Posted by Bytesponge
I agree with your findings! Arms don't look bent from what I could see in the pictures. "Legman": I would open it fully as suggested. Then you will get a better evaluation of damage. It may not be as bad as you think.
I can't tell whether there is leg damage either. I see that the where the top hem of the awning anchors to the rain gutter, the first several inches are out. You can put it back in yourself, but you will need three people, some tools, and a stepladder.
The top hem of the awning includes a 1/8" steel rod which runs the length of the awning.The hem and rod are usually within a C-shaped channel that is part of the rain gutter. In your case, the first several inches were pulled out of the channel and the rod was bent.
Here is what I would do to repair it:
--Unroll the awning about a foot, then lock the roller.
--Unscrew both top brackets from the trailer.
--Remove the legs from the bottom brackets. Have two people hold these.
--Look carefully at the C-shaped channel. You will see a hex-washer-head screw into the channel which keeps the steel rod from sliding. You might also see a 1" piece of plastic tubing in the channel. Remove the screw. Slide the tubing out the end of the channel.
--Have the two people walk the awning to the right until the bent part of the rod is beyond the end of the C-channel. The third person should stand on the ladder or sit on the roof and tug on the awning fabric to help them.
--Once the rod-bend is right at the end of the C-channel, pull on the rod to straighten it. It will be helpful to use a pliers to rotate the rod so it points at 6 o'clock or 12 o'clock before bending it.
--Once the rod is straight, restore the awning to the original position. The ladder/roof person will move to the left end because the awning pulls better than it pushes. Someone should watch as the bend area goes back into the channel, to make sure it doesn't catch and tear.
--Re-insert the plastic tubing and hex-washer head screw.
--Insert legs into bottom brackets.
--Re-install top brackets. Add some butyl tape. This is a known spot for leaks.