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Old 11-21-2014, 07:29 PM   #1
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Awning Question

There are two rusted cotter pins sticking out of the the rear pod on my awning. Do they belong there?
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Old 11-21-2014, 08:24 PM   #2
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The rust, or the pins?

The pins were supposed to have been removed at install.
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Old 11-21-2014, 08:49 PM   #3
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Mine are still in as well. What was they're purpose?
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Old 11-21-2014, 09:14 PM   #4
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Pictures please
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Here you go.
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Old 11-21-2014, 10:03 PM   #6
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Acording to the awning manual these are for emergency purposes.

EMERGENCY OPERATION
If the original power source fails or is unavailable, the Travel'r has emergency
override terminals (12V). The terminals can be used with a 10V-18V power
source, such as a cordless drill battery or car battery.

I know they are there on mine also. Hope I never have to use them. I am guessing that you would power by using alligator type clips to your power source to use these

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The cotter pins aren't the terminals.

The terminals are on the motor end (forward) and are two shiny chrome buttons in the plastic housing. (I've used them before with a drill battery)


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Old 11-21-2014, 11:04 PM   #8
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I guess I should remove them?
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I did, nothing fell off ....yet
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I added roller drop shades to each of my awnings today that have a zippered paned that installs to the roller tube. The zippered panel hangs down about1 foot and rolls up with the awning when you retract it. The mesh part that zippers off hangs down about 12 inches from the ground and is stacked to the ground with quick disconnect clips to release it from the stakes. It is not designed to leave out unattended. The entire roller drop can be rolled up with the retractable but not recommended. The roller drop mesh material is real then and light weigh. It is similar to the see through material on your window shades but a fraction of the thickness and weight. I bought it from a company here in Yuma called Shade Pro at www.shadepro.net
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I added roller drop shades to each of my awnings today that have a zippered paned that installs to the roller tube. The zippered panel hangs down about1 foot and rolls up with the awning when you retract it. The mesh part that zippers off hangs down about 12 inches from the ground and is stacked to the ground with quick disconnect clips to release it from the stakes. It is not designed to leave out unattended. The entire roller drop can be rolled up with the retractable but not recommended. The roller drop mesh material is real then and light weigh. It is similar to the see through material on your window shades but a fraction of the thickness and weight. I bought it from a company here in Yuma called Shade Pro at www.shadepro.net
Awesome! So a question - do you have the unigard option on your awnings? (aluminum guard that covers the fabric when rolled up). I ask because I want to get the shadepro, but worry it may make the roll to fat to fit in the guard when I roll it up.
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I do have the unigard option. The drop material is real light and soft. The zipper lays real flat and is made of plastic. They have a prototype arm that can be placed under the ends of the roller and extended to the ground to stake the awning to the ground. I'm not sure about that idea.
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The pins were put in to anchor the awning during installation and were supposed to be removed. If they are not removed they can cause problems with the mechanism. Our awning is presently being replaced under warranty because the combination of the cotter pins and improper alignment of the struts has resulted in fabric stretch/failure and the idler roller has extreme wobble. Get rid of the pins ASAP.

Here is the awing installation instruction which illustrate the pins (page 10):
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Old 11-22-2014, 08:41 PM   #14
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Thanks NW Snowbirds. This is exactly the information and explanation I was looking for
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I do have the unigard option. The drop material is real light and soft. The zipper lays real flat and is made of plastic. They have a prototype arm that can be placed under the ends of the roller and extended to the ground to stake the awning to the ground. I'm not sure about that idea.
Thanks Jay! I hesitated to order one last year because of that, but I'm going to do it this year.
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We have the Shadepro/ Vista shade on both awnings & really enjoy them & they work fantastic.
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Here are those shades at work.0903141349-20141123-090702.jpg
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Danny, Did you add those additional tied downs to the awning arms for other reasons, or did you need to for the Shadepro?

I hesitate to get things too complicated to retract the awning because we typically don't get a lot of warning when the winds come.
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I am using carabiners at present time. I might change to something easier and more adjustable. I have stakes in the ground with a loop ring to attach to.
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Brad, they are specifically designed for awnings & we can unzip the screens & drop those straps & roll up both awnings in about 5 minutes. Those straps require a stool to install on rollers but just a quick shake unhooks them, & are spring loaded on the bottom.
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