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Old 04-26-2015, 07:57 AM   #31
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Ideally they should be up at the mount plate, but for those vertically challenged, as high as you can reach.
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Old 04-26-2015, 07:59 AM   #32
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Hi: All... In the beginning I found the 5.0 awning to be intimidating. After that more use meant more confidence. I did add some rubber bumpers to the track near the stop bolts as I knocked one of the allen screws out of the bottom of the track I found there was space to put in the bumpers.
I do find the 5.0 TA awning vinyl thinner as the black strap leaves a very distinct mark when rolled up.
Never had an issue with it deploying while moving, when all the arm locks and travel locks are secure. The open/close lever must be properly snapped as you are dealing with a very strong winder spring. If very windy we carry some self stick velcro to use around the arms.
Big problem I have now was all the tree bud debris in Tremont Tenn. left "Tea" like stains on the awning and it looks awful !!! Looks like a job for LA's Awesome cleaner from the "Dollar store". Alf
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Old 04-26-2015, 08:28 AM   #33
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That's where I put them.
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Old 04-26-2015, 09:14 AM   #34
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I have never timed it, but I set the awning up solo all the time, and can't imagine it takes much more than a few moments.

I must be very fortunate, in that I rarely have had to deal with winds strong enough to have to bring the awning in. But if ones has to, it is only a couple minutes work.

It really is a simple thing to set up, and once you do it a dozen times, you will become quite proficient at it.

I clean all the parts that slide annually, and spray with a dry silicone, which makes them slide real easy.
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Old 04-26-2015, 09:58 AM   #35
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The post got me thinking and I dug out the Camco straps I bought for the Casita but never used. I put them on the arms just above the round knobs on the arms. Is that the correct place for them to be effective?
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Old 04-26-2015, 01:45 PM   #36
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Not being "Vertically Challenged" (although I have to admit to "shrinking an inch or two over the last few years) I run the Camco Straps through the upper brackets on my 17:
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Old 04-26-2015, 01:47 PM   #37
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Jon, you can do mine next time we meet. I need a step stool to reach mine.
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Old 04-26-2015, 01:48 PM   #38
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Not being "Vertically Challenged" (although I have to admit to "shrinking an inch or two over the last few years) I run the Camco Straps through the upper brackets on my 17:
Got it! Thanks.
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Old 04-26-2015, 01:48 PM   #39
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I have been using a bungee ball on each awning arm for the past year. Has worked well. Easy to attach and detach, very secure and cheap.
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I have never timed it, but I set the awning up solo all the time, and can't imagine it takes much more than a few moments.
Haven't timed it either, but the first one or two times it took a few minutes because I wanted to make sure I did it "right". Now it takes less than a minute and I don't even think about it.

Loosen the knobs
Open the latches
Switch it to open
Pull it down
Slide the arms up until they latch
Lift one side
Lift the other
pull down on the sides while tightening the knobs to make it taut
Stow the strap

Wait a minute. I just thought about it.
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