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Old 12-20-2015, 03:59 PM   #71
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With the awning secured, like Glen's photo, and if something hits the lock lever, perhaps the release strap or road debris, wind will open your awning while still attached in Glen's photo.
This happened to me in Montana on the way home from Osoyoos. Notice my straps at the top.
The velcro has a slit in it to make it into a "tie" if needed, I slip the lever into the slit.
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Old 12-20-2015, 04:23 PM   #72
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With the awning secured, like Glen's photo, and if something hits the lock lever, perhaps the release strap or road debris, wind will open your awning while still attached in Glen's photo.
This happened to me in Montana on the way home from Osoyoos. Notice my straps at the top.
The velcro has a slit in it to make it into a "tie" if needed, I slip the lever into the slit.
Hi: cpaharley2008... Montana... Isn't that the State of no speed limit? Alf
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Old 12-20-2015, 04:55 PM   #73
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Hi Alf, Montana went back to a speed limit after a couple of years of no limit a few years back. Seems the touri couldn't handle the caveat of reasonable and proper. That said, I was running 85 with no trailer a few years ago on the Beaverhead and was passed by a trooper who tipped his hat as he blew by. I saw him in a rest stop a few minutes later and asked him about speed. He said," You looked alert, had your seatbelt on and had a new vehicle so 85 seemed reasonable to me."' I have turned the ton a few times in Montana years ago when there was no limit. Now I'm an old guy and 65 on the gravel seemed fast the other day. I do love Montana
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Old 05-02-2016, 02:05 PM   #74
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This thread and other stories on the internet made me uncomfortable with the awning. The straps help the arms but the awning can still release. So, we bought the Pioneer Upgrade Kit. Should have it in by Wednesday. I'll report on the install.

http://www.amazon.com/Carefree-85000.../dp/B005GY8AVQ
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I suspect that those awning stories are almost 100 per cent 'user error'.
If you tighten the black knobs and close the latches on the awning arms, and keep the strap for opening the awning away from the release switch ( it will flap around when driving and could open the release if it's close enough ), you are unlikely to have a problem.
And, just to be even more sure, add a simple strap ( made from Velcro ) around the top of the awning arms.

Have to ask how this 'upgrade' makes the awning more secure?
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Old 05-02-2016, 02:22 PM   #76
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Glenn solution is exactly what I use. One Wrap around the bracket and around the awning leg. That sucker isn't going to open unless I let it!
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The stories I read were of the pot-metal pawl failing. So even if the lock lever is in the locked position the drum can still rotate.
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Glenn solution is exactly what I use. One Wrap around the bracket and around the awning leg. That sucker isn't going to open unless I let it!
That will keep the arm in the upright position. Do you do anything else to keep the drum and awning from unfurling?
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Mine was locked top middle and bottom, but if the lock unlocks or fails, the awning will unfurl at highway speeds. Another reason to get the enclosed box awning.
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Old 05-02-2016, 02:54 PM   #80
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2nd Carefree Awning I've had and never had the issue described. We walk the strap at an angle towards the rear when storing and the strap actually goes up into the roll. When you open, just have to reach up and start the unroll and the strap falls right out.
I use short ball end bungees on the arms, but that won't prevent an unfurl if that were to happen. Something physically would have to hit the switch to open for an unfurl to occur, but would be very rare.
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