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Old 08-02-2020, 01:06 AM   #1
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Awning Winder Hack

I use my awning a lot in the driveway because it keeps the van nice and cool while Iím inside working on it. Since I just reinstalled my Thule Hideaway Awning after getting the poptop, this was my first time using it in its new location on the gutter mounts. What I didnít realize was that now my ladder would prevent me from getting the awning winder inserted at the right angle, a necessity for the Thule because, otherwise, you canít remove it. So, of course, the darn thing got completely stuck. After messing with it for a good 45 minutes, I finally took an angle grinder to it. Since the winder was destroyed anyway, I took it apart and removed the T piece. What do ya know but it fits perfectly into a 9/16 nut driver. Now I can set up my awning in less than a minute.

















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Old 08-02-2020, 12:32 PM   #2
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Great hack Otter---I'm sure others here will appreciate it too!

I do wonder if there's any concern whether the speed of the power tool will cause any undue damage or excessive weat to the gear mechanism?
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Could be JWA, so I take it pretty slow. I got the idea watching a video of a Thule rep giving a demo, so I figured if he was willing to do that a few thousand times to his demo awning, mine might be okay.
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