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Old 05-23-2018, 03:34 PM   #1
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Where does this awning spring attach?

I'm making a new awning and since the Up/Dn rachet gizmo never worked, I pulled the end cap. It's the spring off to the right; I don't see a logical place it was formerly connected to. Maybe you have seen these guts intact before? (it's silly to buy a whole assy. just for a little spring.) Thanks.

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Old 05-23-2018, 05:14 PM   #2
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That would normally be attached to the locking lever, which appears to be gone. You can see it below.

But, looks like time for a replacement torsion assembly. The racheting mechanism, besides being partly missing, is worn out. The new part will have a revised, more robust design. You have to buy the whole assembly. They are like $50 is you shop around. You can see the difference in the second picture.
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Old 05-24-2018, 07:49 AM   #3
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Big difference... Thanks, Tim. It's logical that it winds around the center not attached to the rotating shaft.

I expect I'll have to be a pretty good hunter to find one at that price; most seem to be 3X that. Cheers.

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I just got one a few months ago. Spring/summer pricing is in effect? Looks like the one I needed is about $70 now:

https://www.amazon.com/Dometic-31083.../dp/B002PUROCU
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Tim, Using your benchmark I did go hunting and found one for ~$65. delivered. Thanks for the suggestion — otherwise I cudda paid 2X.


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....'forgot to mention, I could have spent that much $ in the time finding/installing a basic spring for an obviously worn unit. Cheers.

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