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SCADAMAN29325

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Posted: 03/28/23 12:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Z-Peller wrote:

...then give a good yank up on the lever on the bottom of each arm and the arm will come out of the designed notch at the top...


How about a good whack with a hammer on the adjustment peg right here:
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It popped loose at the top and tada:
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Thank yall so much! Now I need to do some cleaning. [emoticon]
I think we might take the grandkids boondocking for a day or two while they are on spring break next week.
(BTW, LuBaby should of had the video going when I tried to put it in carport mode. I almost got my head chopped off...)

Thanks again, Phil and LuAnn


THANKS! Phil and LuAnn
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Z-Peller wrote:

Start by opening clips on arms, then loosening knobs on arms, then release the roller with your rod, then pull lanyard out a few inches so roller unwinds slightly which will release tension, then give a good yank up on the lever on the bottom of each arm and the arm will come out of the designed notch at the top, and awning is now ready to pull rest of the way out……when putting awning away, let the last few inches go, so the arms slam hard and drop into the notch at the top, then you know the arms are locked in place.
Many awnings come open on the road because people don’t know those arms have a locking notch at the top and think it is just the roller tension holding it from deploying….Once you get your routine you will find it quite simple to do.


I was reading this and thinking, hey, thats exactly how I have to do the A&E 8500 on my 2008 Bigfoot 21RB" and then I looked and sure enough you have a Bigfoot also. Not All A&E8500's lock at the top like mine and yours, I had a Thor with a straight armed A&E8500 and it didn't do that.

Even with the notch mine locks into on top, I installed a RVAwning lock, which took fabrication of a couple of special pieces. I guess I am kinda a belt and suspenders guy. My mods are all posted on the BOCI site.

Charles


'03 Ram 2500 CTD, 5.9HO six speed std cab long bed Leer top and 2008 Bigfoot 25B21RB.. previously (both gone) 2008 Thor/Dutchman Freedom Spirit 180 & 2007 Winnebago View 23H Motorhome.

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When you pull the awning out, pull it all the way, and the roller will be so low you have to do the Jamaican Limbo to get under it. Then raise the rafters all the way up to the top until they latch in place, then pull hard on the arm up near the roller to tighten the fabric, and while holding it, tighten the screw knob in the middle of the rafter. After doing both of them, lastly extend the arms out as high as you want it, making them a bit uneven to drain dew or rainwater.

Charles

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