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Old 03-30-2006, 09:05 AM   #1
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Vectra, Tour, Horizon and Ellipse (maybe others too) have a problem when parking. Since the storage bays come out with the slide it can be a problem opening the doors with bushes, shrubs and other objects being to close. I have been thinking of getting a stick to use as a quick guage. Then I thought of the Awning Pull Down Rod!!!

When you pull into an RV parking spot you can quickly pull out the Awning Pull Down Rod and place one end against the side of the coach with the slides in. If there is an object within 3" of the end of the rod you will have problems opening the storage bay doors. - Move over and re-park.
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Vectra, Tour, Horizon and Ellipse (maybe others too) have a problem when parking. Since the storage bays come out with the slide it can be a problem opening the doors with bushes, shrubs and other objects being to close. I have been thinking of getting a stick to use as a quick guage. Then I thought of the Awning Pull Down Rod!!!

When you pull into an RV parking spot you can quickly pull out the Awning Pull Down Rod and place one end against the side of the coach with the slides in. If there is an object within 3" of the end of the rod you will have problems opening the storage bay doors. - Move over and re-park.
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Old 03-30-2006, 10:55 AM   #3
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Old 03-30-2006, 12:38 PM   #4
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Also, if the campground roads are really busy you can wrap red tape on the end of the awning rod, wear sunglasses, and take your German Shepherd for a walk and all of the traffic will stop for you.
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Old 03-30-2006, 01:09 PM   #5
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Cruzer:
Also, if the campground roads are really busy you can wrap red tape on the end of the awning rod, wear sunglasses, and take your German Shepherd for a walk and all of the traffic will stop for you. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Funny...somehow I think you've tried that!!
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Old 03-30-2006, 01:41 PM   #6
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We get out the yard stick and we use one stick length for the slide to go out and two lengths for the slide plus opening the basement doors.

I did find another use for the awning rod - we have the shade cloth (Patty-O-Shade) that is slid in the A&E patio awning slot; the first time I tried to slide the shade cloth by hand in the groove (and moving the ladder ten times) I decided there must be a better way. I installed two grommets near the top of the cloth at each end and now I can grab the grommet with the awning hook and pull it along the A&E roller. One person still needs to feed the shade cloth from a ladder, but it now takes about three minutes or less to get it deployed.
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Old 03-30-2006, 01:55 PM   #7
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John,when you are using the patio shade do you disable the wind sensor?

I ordered the shade as well,but figured the wind sensor rendered it useless....

The manual does say that "temporarily" winding the shade in with the awning would not hurt anything,they just advise not to store it that way...
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Old 03-30-2006, 02:04 PM   #8
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Bob - oh yeah - I cut off the wind sensor when the shade cloth gets installed. I have found there are very few occasions where the weather is nice enough to put the shade cloth out
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Old 03-30-2006, 02:24 PM   #9
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Here's another use. I got tired of listening to the microwave vent banging when the wind was on that side of our coach. I cut a 4 inch piece of foam pipe insulation and put double stick tape on the inside back wall. I put the awning rod inside the foam tape against the sticky tape and then use the rod to stick the foam insulation inside the vent. The awning rod can also be used to remove the foam.

BE SURE TO REMOVE THE FOAM BEFORE USING THE MICROWAVE/CONVENTION OVEN.
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Old 03-30-2006, 02:48 PM   #10
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When we locked ourselves out of the RV, I used my awning rod to 'fish' for the key's I'd left on the dash board. Luckily the passenger side window wasn't locked and provide access. Hopefully don't do that again..
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by LK23:
Here's another use. I got tired of listening to the microwave vent banging when the wind was on that side of our coach. I cut a 4 inch piece of foam pipe insulation and put double stick tape on the inside back wall. I put the awning rod inside the foam tape against the sticky tape and then use the rod to stick the foam insulation inside the vent. The awning rod can also be used to remove the foam.

BE SURE TO REMOVE THE FOAM BEFORE USING THE MICROWAVE/CONVENTION OVEN. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I do just about the very same thing. I leave the foam in there while traveling so they vent isnt banging all the time. Actually I leave it in alllll the time, cause my Microwave vents inside and not out so the outside vent is worthless to me anyways!!
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Old 03-30-2006, 04:35 PM   #12
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Can use it to push/pull pads under the jack bases

Smash the head of a snake who insists on sharing the campsite

Pull a hot skillet from the campfired grill

Retrieve items the wind blows under the MH

Hold down end of table cloth on windy day

Drag water hose, cable etc under the RV when they are on the wrong side of the site.



are there other uses??
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Old 03-30-2006, 06:50 PM   #13
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I have 2" x 12" blocks to put under my jacks when I am parked on surfaces where I think the jacks will "sink in"

I have drilled 5/8" holes through the blocks so that I can move them around without crawling under the rig ...

Versatile tool those awning rods ...
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Old 03-31-2006, 01:30 AM   #14
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Cruzer has the best idea, course I fell off the road into a ditch once.. The other time I burnt my hand roasting marshmellows...
Only RVers could come up with so many good uses for a metal rod...Good Miles to all,
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