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Old 04-24-2015, 10:40 PM   #11
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Flailing strap, hmm.... On earlier stops the strap did bang around at night, keeping me awake. I solved that by putting a 2" long piece of foam pipe insulation on the strap above the knot at the end. I was quite proud of myself for solving that problem, not thinking that the flailing strap might indicate another problem with the awning. Duh. After discovering the unlatched latch today I also found that the screw securing the front arm was loose. Maybe someone was messing with me after all, or maybe the contraption just came loose while I was going down the road. I'll keep an eye on it from now on.
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Old 04-24-2015, 10:45 PM   #12
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Could be somebody was envious.
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Old 04-24-2015, 10:47 PM   #13
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Strap did not move from center as always over the last 8K+ miles. The weird thing is that it seems that the latch normally locks itself when you return it from open. Worth including in Exterior Checklist.
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Flailing strap, hmm.... On earlier stops the strap did bang around at night, keeping me awake. I solved that by putting a 2" long piece of foam pipe insulation on the strap above the knot at the end. I was quite proud of myself for solving that problem, not thinking that the flailing strap might indicate another problem with the awning. Duh. After discovering the unlatched latch today I also found that the screw securing the front arm was loose. Maybe someone was messing with me after all, or maybe the contraption just came loose while I was going down the road. I'll keep an eye on it from now on.
Don't think anyone needed to mess with it as these things are well known for coming apart.
We kept a strap on ours. The "open" and "close" do not really match where the locking mechanism goes so it can be impossible to tell looking at that.

Also, believe it or not, one of the most common things people forget is to roll up the awning. They drive away with it still out! At least you are ahead on that one.
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Old 04-24-2015, 10:56 PM   #15
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Could be somebody was envious.
As I was leaving the park this morning I saw a Casita pull into the campground, but when I returned tonight I didn't see it parked anywhere. A suspect!
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Old 04-24-2015, 11:34 PM   #16
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As I was leaving the park this morning I saw a Casita pull into the campground, but when I returned tonight I didn't see it parked anywhere. A suspect!
Probably the Casita for sure, can you imagine how envious they must have been

OK, just went out and put a nice hefty velcro strap on the arm. I've never really trusted the lock and the thought of the awning opening on the highway

Actually an awning is the one piece of equipment that I'd said that I'd never have. But since it was standard on the Escape I ended up with one. Have to say I really like it, so much better than a tarp and poles etc. and I really like the instant shade and sometimes, keeping the rain away from the door.

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Old 04-24-2015, 11:45 PM   #17
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I would like to use it more but the wind seems the be unpredictable many times. The awning maker-Carefree was very courteous and said they would replace if necessary. They also offered to send out Velcro straps, but those side ones are not as important as the single lever at top right of the rolled up awning. And yes it is not clear as to what position it is in which is why am sure that Reace's suggestion to pull on the strap had to come from experience.
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Most sorry sight I've ever observed was a tent trailer on the shoulder of the Upper Levels highway. I guess the guy forgot to latch the roof section to the trailer body, because the entire tent portion, and the roof, were laying out on the ground behind the trailer.
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Old 04-25-2015, 12:32 AM   #19
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And yes it is not clear as to what position it is in which is why am sure that Reace's suggestion to pull on the strap had to come from experience.
I camp with my buddy, who has a 19. He helps when getting set to leave camp, but I still run through my check list. I need to know that everything has been done, and nothing undone ( as could happen if somebody thought the latch was open when it was already closed ).
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Camco awning straps can be bought from etrailer and elsewhere. We have another kind but I don't see them available now.
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