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Old 06-17-2014, 05:27 PM   #11
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Bent at ETI or bent at Carefree FOR them? Would take a lot of expense for ETI to bend, prime, and paint those leg pieces.
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Old 06-17-2014, 06:17 PM   #12
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As I understand, ETI. We destroyed our first awning as it came open while driving through a heavy, gusty storm. (two weeks old) The new Carefree awning was shipped from Colorado. We had to purchased it through ETI. Ordered as we were standing in the parking lot at Carefree of Colorado. Delivered by motor freight only. The first thing Reace asked me was "are the bent arms pieces damaged?" Indicating they were special. Perhaps someone locally bents the arms for ETI. Learn from me. $540.00 + freight Put on a $3.00 strap!
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Old 06-17-2014, 07:26 PM   #13
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Yup! Always had one on my Casita for that very reason.
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Old 06-18-2014, 03:30 AM   #14
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Add that safety strap and never leave it opened out and left alone with the chance of freak wind gusts or storms. Something that new or inexperienced owners need to know.
Good call, it's on the wanted/needed things list now.

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Old 06-18-2014, 06:02 AM   #15
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For those who do not own any, here is a link Amazon.com: Camco 42503 12" Awning Straps: Automotive
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Old 06-18-2014, 09:06 AM   #16
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For those who do not own any, here is a link Amazon.com: Camco 42503 12" Awning Straps: Automotive
It appears these straps go around each arm. The arms already have a lock on each and the black knob tightened, so for the awning to open at least one lock and knob would have to fail?

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Some people are belt and suspenders….in case one fails there is a back up. That little plastic tab is easily overcome, I managed to open mine one time with then closed. The black screw tabs on the cross support will not keep the awning arm from being deployed, try opening it with them tight!!
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Old 06-18-2014, 09:14 AM   #18
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The first thing Reace asked me was "are the bent arms pieces damaged?" Indicating they were special. Perhaps someone locally bents the arms for ETI.
Originally, Reace had someone bending them, but they stopped doing it, and I believe he has the jig now, and bends them himself.

When my wife packed up one time without me, and drove home (I was in my truck), she had neglected to latch the awning closed, and it opened up some, tearing the fabric. All we had to do was replace the fabric though, an easy job, but almost $200 for the replacement.
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Old 06-18-2014, 09:21 AM   #19
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I don't know what happen. According to Carefree of Colorado, it can't happen if operated properly. But when you do a search on the subject, it has and does. I was new to this awning design and may have made an error when putting it back up. It was a horrible, expensive experience that I am sharing with anyone new to the RV world and CfC awnings.
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Old 06-18-2014, 09:31 AM   #20
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During my travels down the highways, I've seen awnings unfurling and slide-outs creeping out.

My Scamp has a case awning, it's easy to tell if it's locked (red tab), but I'm not willing to risk my 5er awning for a couple of buck product and two minutes of my time. THANKS FOR THE REMINDER to use something to secure the awning!
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