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Old 04-26-2015, 02:24 PM   #41
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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.
Hey, that's how I do it too. To make it even easier the first three steps can be done in any order as with 5 and 6. Although with the original 5.0 it seemed easier to lift the low side first.

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Old 04-26-2015, 02:47 PM   #42
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I photographed Tammy showing new owners how to raise and lower the awning at the rally last year.
I was surprised that she alternated raising each arm maybe a couple feet at a time. I had been raising one arm half way, then the other, then back to the first.
So, I asked her and she told me to raise each arm a bit at a time. I now raise each about 1/3 at a time.
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Old 04-26-2015, 03:18 PM   #43
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I photographed Tammy showing new owners how to raise and lower the awning at the rally last year.
I was surprised that she alternated raising each arm maybe a couple feet at a time. I had been raising one arm half way, then the other, then back to the first.
So, I asked her and she told me to raise each arm a bit at a time. I now raise each about 1/3 at a time.
I've seen that too. I guess the idea is that the slider will bind or the assembly could twist too much if one arm is all the way up and the other is all the way down. Personally, we haven't had any problems just raising it all the way.
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Old 04-26-2015, 04:12 PM   #44
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Old 05-20-2015, 06:46 PM   #45
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Catastrophic awning failure

My awning came completely off last weekend. The fabric ripped straight along where it connects to the trailer. Please learn from my misfortune and always use some sort of strap near the top of the arms.

It appears that the fabric became brittle after four years. I have not built a garage for it yet, so it has been sitting outside in the northwest Washington weather. I didn't notice any brittleness prior to the incident, but after it ripped, it was very evident that it had lost a lot of strength from the cracking along the tear. I never suspected that it would degrade to a failure point in only four years.

I cleaned the awning and made sure to properly stow it two weeks earlier. The knobs were tight and latch correct when we picked up the pieces, so I don't believe that I made a mistake with the setup. The plastic locks along the arms were open, but from this event I found that the locks are basically worthless. They are so far down arms that a break away force easily pops them open. I think the only thing that would have prevented our situation would have been to put straps at the top of each arm. And if Velcro is used, make sure it has sufficient tensile strength.

We were eight miles from the Maryhill State Park for the terrific Escape/Fiberglass trailer weekend gathering there. Going 55 MPH with gusty wind (there are wind turbines on the ridges nearby because of the persistent wind in the area). Conditions were apparently sufficient to initiate a failure in the awning fabric. Again, regardless of the source of the failure, those top straps sure would have been nice. Some startled horses alongside the road got my daughters attention and she spotted the awning flying off. We were able to stop and collect it. The connectors at the bottom of the arms broke at both ends of the rods that clip to the trailer. The rods were still securely clipped in. I am glad that the arm failure points created a quick break off so that it flew off without causing damage to the side of the trailer. The awning and arms flew to the side of the road, leaving the upper part of the arms dangling. I unbolted the arms and packed the parts in the trailer. There were some scrapes to the awning assembly and we will need to replace the fabric and the riveted on parts at the bottom of the arms. We were very lucky given such a catastrophic failure.
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Sorry to hear of your mishap but glad it wasn't any worse.

I'd taken the previous posts to heart and installed a sturdy velcro strap despite some folks not thinking they're necessary. I'd just taken our small trailer cover off a couple of days ago. My wife asked me to just drape it over the awning to protect it from UV. Guess she was right, she'll be happy.

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Old 05-20-2015, 07:03 PM   #47
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Robin, good that you are all right and it is only the awning. Don't feel you are alone though as this is the most common mishap that insurers hear about, which is why they don't want to cover them. I have to wonder if our 2011 19' that we just sold might have such brittleness. We did make a big point to the buyer about getting straps. Think I will have to bring that up again after yours!
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I have some concern about using some products to clean the awning. I used Scrubbing Bubbles once, but it contains chlorine, so I very thoroughly rinsed it. Instructions for cleaning are on the awning roller.
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After reading all this I switched to a heftier tie-down.
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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
For those that want something to print out, with pictures, I captured screen shots of Tammy deploying the awning. See attached.
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