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Old 04-14-2008, 09:45 AM   #1
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Awning Lock

Just got my awning lock today and I was wondering if anybody has put one on a electric awning yet. If so are there any tricks or things to watch before I begin?
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Old 04-14-2008, 10:23 AM   #2
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I put one on my 3400RL. If I had to do over again I would put a shim between the bracket and the mounting post. I didn't use the shim and it came right to the edge where the roller starts, Here's a picture so you can see what I mean! http://s170.photobucket.com/albums/u...DSC_0015-1.jpg

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Old 04-14-2008, 10:40 AM   #3
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Thanks for picture, I see what you mean about a spacer.
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Old 04-14-2008, 12:42 PM   #4
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Do we need an awning lock with the new electic awnings?
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Old 04-14-2008, 01:33 PM   #5
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Jack,

What brand or manufacture of lock did you use?
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Old 04-14-2008, 01:52 PM   #6
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Karl, Here's the Link! Sharon,take a look at the Link and decide for yourself,I think it's cheap insurance.
http://www.awninglock.com/
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Old 04-14-2008, 01:53 PM   #7
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Thanks Jack!
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Old 04-14-2008, 02:43 PM   #8
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A lot of us are using the Awning Lock. I don't quite understand the installation problem using a spacer. I installed ours according to the instructions and it didn't require anything else.

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Old 04-14-2008, 02:52 PM   #9
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A lot of us are using the Awning Lock. I don't quite understand the installation problem using a spacer. I installed ours according to the instructions and it didn't require anything else.

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Orv,do you have the Elelctric Awning? Look at the picture close and you can see why you would need a spacer,it comes to close to the edge.
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Old 04-14-2008, 03:00 PM   #10
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Yes without the spacer the hole for the awning lock is right on the edge of the tueb. I have cut a 1/4" piece of nickle plate and put between the lock and plate it came with. Now I will be able to drill the hole where it needs to be put. I will post some pictures of this.
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Old 04-15-2008, 06:56 AM   #11
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A lot of us are using the Awning Lock. I don't quite understand the installation problem using a spacer. I installed ours according to the instructions and it didn't require anything else.

Orv
Orv,do you have the Elelctric Awning? Look at the picture close and you can see why you would need a spacer,it comes to close to the edge.
Jack
Oops! My bad. I guess I should pay more attention before I begin writing. Thanks for clarifying.

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Old 04-23-2008, 05:49 PM   #12
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Just curious about these locks; I'm sure they work well but are they really needed?

The reason I ask that is because when the awning is retracted it seems to be self locking where it won't go out unless the directional release lever is switched. Now I'm not saying that something couldn't cause it to switch without you knowing it but under normal operation shouldn't the mechanism in the awning keep it from un-rolling?
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Old 04-23-2008, 08:31 PM   #13
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Just curious about these locks; I'm sure they work well but are they really needed?

The reason I ask that is because when the awning is retracted it seems to be self locking where it won't go out unless the directional release lever is switched. Now I'm not saying that something couldn't cause it to switch without you knowing it but under normal operation shouldn't the mechanism in the awning keep it from un-rolling?
Bill, as I understand it, the lock will prevent the unraveling of the awning when the release lever is unknownly switched to open or if the lock mechanism fails. In either case, you won't know anything is wrong until the awning goes sailing. I'm sure that this has happened to some of our members, as I remember reading about awnings opening up as they were driving down the road. Are they needed? I think so, for my own peace of mind. I have one that I will be installing as soon as the weather stays above freezing.
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Old 04-24-2008, 04:06 AM   #14
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Bill-N-Donna,
I had it happen to me.

Lost My Awning

And the thread Lost My Awning
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Old 04-24-2008, 04:37 AM   #15
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Well it looks like good insurance anyway! Where has everyone been getting the locks at?

Maybe I've seen the thread before but I've always had it in the back of my mind, wondering if it would come un rolled while driving.
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Old 04-24-2008, 06:46 AM   #16
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I've not had it happen to us. Yet. I've only seen two or three unraveled but it was enough to convince me it can happen. I do not know whether the lock handle was tripped or not. In all cases, the awning unrolled while the arms were still fully attached, upright, to the coach. So strapping those arms doesn't help on this problem although it would keep the arms from falling out should they become unlocked.

I'm seriously considering getting a lock for ours.
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Old 04-24-2008, 06:59 AM   #17
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Here Ya go Bill! http://awninglock.com/greatestmyth.html
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Old 04-24-2008, 04:45 PM   #18
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Old 04-27-2008, 04:01 AM   #19
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We have one too, cheap insurance.
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Old 04-27-2008, 04:07 AM   #20
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Mine as well, on a Keystone Sprinter. I took it apart, the aluminum gear stripped. The wind is a powerful force. I advise everyone to get one.
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