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Old 07-07-2014, 05:24 PM   #1
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Awning Lubricant

Does anyone use any kind of lubricant in the rails mounted to the external walls to make the Awnings open smoother? It kind of "skips" along the track when opening. Not quite sure how to word the issue so any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks.
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Old 07-07-2014, 05:48 PM   #2
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No really a lot you can do, no where really to lubricate other than the pins that hold it to the rails. I use the same silicone spray on the landing legs as I do the shock extensions on the awning rails. Wipe them down occasionally, which seems to help. That is about the best you can do.
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Old 07-07-2014, 06:13 PM   #3
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The 'skipping' MAY be from what's rolled up inside the awning...
tree sap or whatever will make it catch --- even if just moist when rolled up

try this,
get some tilex and a new 1 gal pump sprayer @ home depot...
dump the tilex in and fill with water,
extend the awning and spray it on both sides,
roll up for about 15 to 20 minutes,
open it and spray both sides down,
then let it dry...
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Old 07-07-2014, 06:31 PM   #4
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Any possibility that the awning is angled improperly? Check to make sure that the awning angle adjustment pins are in the same hole on both sides.
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Old 07-07-2014, 07:13 PM   #5
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Does anyone use any kind of lubricant in the rails mounted to the external walls to make the Awnings open smoother? It kind of "skips" along the track when opening. Not quite sure how to word the issue so any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks.
Both of my awnings started to do the same thing this weekend. I sprayed the tracks that the rollers and guides go in as well as the bottom rollers with the same CRC powerlube with teflon recommended for the bedroom slide and it worked fine when I was done.
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Old 07-07-2014, 09:32 PM   #6
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They kinda skip & groan, silicone spray helps for a while. JBT I think Tilex may be a little harsh IMHO, I use the same procedure, but use Simple Green & have had good results.
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Simple green will work too...
but you think tilex is harsher than Bird crap ?
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I would not be using tilex.....this contains chlorine and will result in the Delamination of your awning fabric. Been there, done that, and it wasn't pretty. Simple green or a mild dish soap solution is best. May have to give them a little scrub, but won't result in fabric deterioration.
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Plus SG smells better than Tilex, IMHO.
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Personally, I've never had any luck with Simple Green removing mildew stains; which will inevitably occur. A mild, and I repeat mild, solution of Tilex has always done the trick for me and I've never had a delamination problem. The trick is to cut the stuff with the appropriate amount of water.
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