Help, Lost Awning Strap in a Uncontrolled Roll-Up This Weekend!
Question: I'm new to this and asked for a little help from a fellow camper to close the awning up. I'm having difficulties with strenght and dexterity required to trip the awning hammer and hold the strap by myself (I'm a single older women camper). Unfortunately the helper tripped the switch before I was prepared and the web strap shot out of my hand and the awning closed like a bullet. Scary and dangerous and not healthy for my rv or the awning to say the least. How do others handle this procedure and not get into difficulties. I feel like I don't have enough hands to do it. thanks. cindy
Robbie: Cindy, I'm so sorry to hear about what happened. I believe you are going to run into another problem opening the awning now that it has slammed shut. You are going to need to get help now releasing the latch you had trouble with to close it. When the awning hit the side of your unit the force will normally jam the level hard into the locked position and I strongly suggest you get help from someone who knows what there doing. If an RV tech can get the latch to release he can also open the awning to retrieve the strap.
Now as for the strength required for you to open and close it you can do a few things. One thing is have the tech remove some of the tention so it opens and closes easier, but your awning requires a certain amount of tention to remain closed while your driving.
If that doesn't work you can have your awning replaced to operate automatically from a switch located by the door. Most of the newer RVs already have this feature built into them. You might want to visit a RV sales center near you and just check out how the electric awnings work.
Good Luck and let me know what you end up doing, Robbie
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