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Old 04-24-2015, 08:49 PM   #1
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Awning latch

I have used my awning exactly once: when I was at home I deployed the awning just to make sure it worked. Since I was unfamiliar with it, I carefully followed instructions when I rolled it up, including moving the awning latch to the "CLOSED" position.

Late this afternoon I returned to my trailer after a windy day in New Mexico. I heard a flap-flap-flap from outside that seemed unusual. I went out and saw the the awning had partially unrolled, making it loose. I looked at the awning latch and saw that it was in the "OPEN" position. I moved it to "CLOSED"; the spring-loaded awning spun tight.

Can this latch move from "CLOSED" to "OPEN" on its own? Has anyone else had this happen? Since I never use the awning I have been ignoring the latch, but I guess I need to add it to the departure checklist.
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Old 04-24-2015, 08:54 PM   #2
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Strange. Not had that experience.
In addition to the open/close lever, there are locks about half way up the arms, but I also add a Velcro strap around each arm to make double sure it's secure.
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Old 04-24-2015, 09:02 PM   #3
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Except for once I've never used my awning either. Now I might never use it. (Back in high school I also had trouble understanding some key concepts with Algebra II.)
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Old 04-24-2015, 09:12 PM   #4
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Since the contraption as a whole made me nervous, I also added Velcro straps to the top of each arm to help secure it to its bracket on the trailer body. Left in my hands, the awning is just an accident waiting to happen.
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Old 04-24-2015, 09:20 PM   #5
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It is interesting, 2 of the hottest states and yet shade is not desired? You will need shade on those hot days where you use the a/c or even want to sit outside, the shade is at least 10-15 degrees cooler than in the sun. In addition the shade will keep your trailer cooler, at least on one side. I keep the straps also and they give me a visual lock status. With having to turn the latch to open and also unsrew each arm as well as unlock the arm, someone was messing with you. I find it hard to believe it can come open uninvited with these 3 steps involved.
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If it's any consolation, I had to review the video I made after not opening the awning for several months. If you follow all the steps and add a strap you should have no issues.
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Old 04-24-2015, 09:22 PM   #7
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Hi Professor Propane- ours started to come open after driving from Lee Vining through Yosemite and finally just west of I-5. Lucky we didn't see it torn off. Seemed weird so many miles had passed , however we were travelling at relatively low speed with little wind until then. Reace's sage advice is to pull on the strap prior to going mobile.
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I was advised by my buddy to roll the strap into the awning ( have it a couple inches to the left of the edge of the awning fabric ). That keeps the strap from flapping around. I suspect a flailing strap may have been what opened your latch.
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Reace's sage advice is to pull on the strap prior to going mobile.
I don't understand this??
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If you tug on the strap and the latch isn't secure, the awning will start to unroll.
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