Stuck twist tent poles on Kimberley Kamper

Submitted: Friday, Aug 03, 2018 at 20:08
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Hi all,
Just off the Tanami where the wind was howling last night with a lot of sand flying around. Outcome is one of the twist and collapse awning poles is totally immovable. Any ideas about how to unlock it? Brute force with clamps hasn't worked. Alas Kimberley no longer in business although their back up service was shite anyway. Any advice appreciated ??
Lou and Trev
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Reply By: Shaker - Friday, Aug 03, 2018 at 20:30

Friday, Aug 03, 2018 at 20:30
Try pouring very hot water over the join.
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Follow Up By: the_fitzroys - Friday, Aug 03, 2018 at 21:19

Friday, Aug 03, 2018 at 21:19
Thanks Shaker. We tried that once before and it worked but not today. Will give it a few more goes tomorrow.
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Reply By: rumpig - Friday, Aug 03, 2018 at 20:49

Friday, Aug 03, 2018 at 20:49
I had nothing but good back up service over 8 years from our local Kimberley agent, even had head office give me the phone number of thier stove supplier when they didn't stock the replacement part I needed.
Had a few poles lock on tight over the years, but always managed to get them undone by hand eventually. Would have thought a vice grip on each half would have worked, but guessing that's what you mean by clamp.
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Follow Up By: the_fitzroys - Friday, Aug 03, 2018 at 21:25

Friday, Aug 03, 2018 at 21:25
We took delivery of our trailer in Jan 2018. Unfortunately they seem to have been having organisational/financial problems for some time and we were unaware. We still love the trailer but calls to sort out some problems went unanswered. Of course they won't be now that the place is kaput. Yes, I meant vice grips :-) Thanks for your input. Lou
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Reply By: Gronk - Saturday, Aug 04, 2018 at 18:52

Saturday, Aug 04, 2018 at 18:52
Never had a problem with them, except for today when it was very windy......I had trouble locking them up tight enough to stop them from creeping down.

If you can't get them to move, then the only solution may be to cut it in half so you can fit it in the bin !! Lol
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Reply By: Member - Adiona - Saturday, Aug 04, 2018 at 20:16

Saturday, Aug 04, 2018 at 20:16
Oh please, isn’t this a first- world problem?
Just get a pair of molegrips and sort it out....
For heavens sake..........
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Follow Up By: Member - ACD 1 - Saturday, Aug 04, 2018 at 22:12

Saturday, Aug 04, 2018 at 22:12
Yep! It may be a first world problem, but it's their first world problem and they've asked for advice because they don't know the answer.

I hope you aren't treated with as much contempt when people reply to your first world problem...

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Follow Up By: Gronk - Sunday, Aug 05, 2018 at 21:30

Sunday, Aug 05, 2018 at 21:30
Molegrips ??? Never heard of them ?? Just googled them....aahh, vice grips....just another yank saying creeping in.....

Anyway, already been suggested if you read the previous posts !

Only problem is you wouldn't be able to get a firm grip without squashing the aluminium pole, then you may as well throw them away anyway !!
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Follow Up By: Member - McLaren3030 - Monday, Aug 06, 2018 at 15:45

Monday, Aug 06, 2018 at 15:45
I thought they were called Multigrips.

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Follow Up By: Shaker - Monday, Aug 06, 2018 at 15:55

Monday, Aug 06, 2018 at 15:55
Mole & Son made one of the earliest versions of vise grip pliers, & for years they were referred to as mole grips.
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Follow Up By: rumpig - Monday, Aug 06, 2018 at 17:08

Monday, Aug 06, 2018 at 17:08
@ McLaren 3030.....
Vise grips are a locking type set up and Multigrips are sort of just like a big set of adjustable pliers
Vise-Grips..... VISE GRIP
Multigrips.... MULTIGRIP
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Follow Up By: Ron N - Monday, Aug 06, 2018 at 20:09

Monday, Aug 06, 2018 at 20:09
You call them a completely different name, when they lock shut on your hand, and pinch a big chunk of flesh!! LOL


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Follow Up By: Member - McLaren3030 - Tuesday, Aug 07, 2018 at 15:49

Tuesday, Aug 07, 2018 at 15:49
I understand the difference with the two tools, I thought Adiona had misspelt the name.

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Follow Up By: the_fitzroys - Tuesday, Aug 07, 2018 at 15:55

Tuesday, Aug 07, 2018 at 15:55
Audiona, What got up you, today? A sImple question that you could have answered simply without the attitude.
Thanks, I think.
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Reply By: Craig M1 - Sunday, Aug 05, 2018 at 00:05

Sunday, Aug 05, 2018 at 00:05
May be drill a 3mm hole near the lock system and spray in some CRC or similar.
I have also tapped the pole near the lock system with a small hammer to jar it free.
Good luck.
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Reply By: Ron N - Sunday, Aug 05, 2018 at 01:01

Sunday, Aug 05, 2018 at 01:01
Heat the pole up over hot coals or a gas stove burner. Heat works wonders on many stuck things.
I'd suggest some heavy gloves would be the order of the day then, when you want to try moving the stuck sections.

If you're reluctant to try direct fire heat, try pouring near-boiling water over the length of it.
Gloves would still be my recommendation again, when you try to move the hot sections.

Cheers, Ron.
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Sunday, Aug 05, 2018 at 14:26

Sunday, Aug 05, 2018 at 14:26
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Go easy on the heat. The internal cam lock mechanism is plastic.

I'm surprised that they can jam. I can never get the damn things to adequately grip in the first place.

My poles now have holes drilled at 50mm intervals for a simple pin.

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Follow Up By: Shaker - Sunday, Aug 05, 2018 at 16:11

Sunday, Aug 05, 2018 at 16:11
That was why I suggested hot water, I have never had problems with Supapeg twist lock poles.
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Reply By: Iza B - Sunday, Aug 05, 2018 at 07:40

Sunday, Aug 05, 2018 at 07:40
I have had success with boiling water and a bit of flexing while twisting . A sharp tap on the end while all this is going on may also help to get things moving. Not suggesting I have ever done it, but, try the other pole to check you are twisting in the correct direction.

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Reply By: braincell - Monday, Aug 06, 2018 at 12:42

Monday, Aug 06, 2018 at 12:42
ring Mcgiver or Russel Coight ,I like the brute force method with vice grips and a hammer.
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Follow Up By: Ron N - Monday, Aug 06, 2018 at 13:41

Monday, Aug 06, 2018 at 13:41
Yes! - Russell would show us how easy it was! - to pierce your hand with a sharp tent pole, while you were trying to get it to slide!

Cheers, Ron.
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Reply By: Malcom M - Tuesday, Aug 07, 2018 at 07:14

Tuesday, Aug 07, 2018 at 07:14
When mine get stuck, I squirt in WD40 which should stop it locking at all.
Then you can disassemble and clean it out again.
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Reply By: Marty D2 - Thursday, Aug 09, 2018 at 18:58

Thursday, Aug 09, 2018 at 18:58
Try twisting the other way ??
Upper section turning anti-clockwise
Lower section turning click-wise

Seriously, if you do drill a hole right thru each portion upper and lower, you can then use two screw drivers to twist each section without crushing the pole.

I have only had to do something like this if moisture got in after rain and the sections glued themselves together.
Good luck with it.
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