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Posted: 10/14/08 12:48pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Anybody ever tried this? Do you need to wind from both ends or just one? Yes, I know it's potentially dangerous.


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Posted: 10/14/08 01:15pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When you change awning fabric, replace a worn rt. torsion assembly, etc. you always in the replacement procedure have to re-tension the spring in the torsion assembly. (the assembly on the end where the awning flip lock is) This is common place/the normal procedure. Basically, you grasp the end piece with vice grips and have your helper be ready to re-insert the cotter pin. Wind the spring by the number of turns indicated for your model, in the direction indicated on the end cap. Insert the cotter pin to hold the spring tension. Replace the awning arm on the end piece and replace the bolt. Yes, you have to be careful. I have seen RV Techs replace the rt. torsion assembly, re-torsion the spring and doing so alone/with out any assist. They make it look easy to boot. Personally, I would not try to do it by myself. Care must be taken to control the spring tension at all times. Considerable force is stored in the spring and this force is easily able to break a wrist or inflict a severe cut or other injury.





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Posted: 10/14/08 01:36pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Most awnings have a spring on both ends of the tube.

On the left spring (rear), turn clockwise about 8 turns. On the front spring, counter-clockwise 8 turns.





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javaseuf wrote:

Most awnings have a spring on both ends of the tube.

On the left spring (rear), turn clockwise about 8 turns. On the front spring, counter-clockwise 8 turns.


I just had the fabric on my awning replaced by my Dealer. This is exactly the way he did it. Both sides must have close to the same tension on both ends, or your fabric will not roll up straight.

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javaseuf wrote:

Most awnings have a spring on both ends of the tube.

On the left spring (rear), turn clockwise about 8 turns. On the front spring, counter-clockwise 8 turns.


This will depend on the spring and tube length. I just had mine apart and unwound the old spring. Both sides had 14 turns on them. The new assembly was pre-tensioned so I just installed it and pulled the cotter pins and it worked.

On my design (A&E Sunchaser II) it would not be hard to add or adjust the tension with two people. Vice-grips on the end, take out one bolt, add/subtract the turns and re-install one bolt. Then repeat on the other side.


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I replaced the arms on a CareFree of Colorado awning one time.....arms came with new springs.........each side required 17 turns........

I used 2 6 foot ladders to set the awning tube on and then used motorcyle staps around the tube to keep it secured to the ladder.......then one arm at a time put 17 revolutions on.......wasn't a big deal.......

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javaseuf wrote:

Most awnings have a spring on both ends of the tube.

On the left spring (rear), turn clockwise about 8 turns. On the front spring, counter-clockwise 8 turns.


Indeed two springs, I did not mean to imply otherwise. I did mention I have seen the rt. torsion easily replaced. How many turns is based on brand, how long the awning is, etc.

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Thanks for all the information! The awning is an A&E 8500 series. I need to rewind because I had to replace both support arms (bent in the wind). I had no instructions of any kind, so of course when I disconnected the roller from the arms all the tension unwound. There are no arrows I can find showing which way to wind.

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Posted: 10/16/08 06:25am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How many turns..



To wind/tension..



For those 22' plus long awnings..


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