Zippered Awning coming unzipped...

Submitted: Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 11:04
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My camper ,like many others I suspect , has an awning roof that is zip-fastened to the main tent ... In a reasonable high wind or gust from the wrong side of the tent the zip comes undone - No problem if your at home but dangerous if away from camp if it rains or the wind gets strobger !!

Anyone had a similar problem and how did you fix it ?

I'm thinking of a hook sewn to the tent on elastic - to hook into the Zip handle and hold it in place ...


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Reply By: Member - Graeme W (NSW) - Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 11:40

Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 11:40
Hi Mandrake,

My Kimberley has a piece of velcro that goes across the zip. This seems to stop it coming undone. It's been a while since I've had the awning off, but from memory, it goes directly behind the zip handle when it's done up.


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Reply By: Member - Tour Boy ( Bundy QLD) - Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 13:44

Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 13:44
You could try a piece of blue tac in the zipper near the end, you can still zip it without too much trouble but it won't come undone by itself. It works on pants zippers too.
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Reply By: Member - Julie P (VIC) - Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 14:03

Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 14:03
We had a frame that went from the side of the camper to the outer pole holding up the awning - put an upright pole in the end near camper itself, and put on a guy rope -possible don't even need the cross frame bit - just an upright at edge of camper up through awning (via an eyelet hole) and use the guy rope - never had a problem after this - just used to put the rope down straight - no need to put it out at an angle or anything.Worked for us for nine years.
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Reply By: Mandrake - Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 14:12

Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 14:12
Jules ,

Thanks - If I attach a guy to the zipper handle on the outside using a small clip and then rope to the ground that would solve the problem ...

Cheers !!

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Reply By: Shaker - Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 15:03

Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 15:03
Easiest fix ever!
I had to do mine recently.
Just change the zip slide for one with a brake, takes about 2 seconds & you can get one form any canvas repairers.
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Reply By: David H - Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 23:32

Monday, Apr 06, 2009 at 23:32
G'day mandrake, i'm a canvas fabricator and as Shaker said, just replace the slide with a "locking slide" 98% of awning zips are a number 10 chunky tooth zip, if you give me a ring, 07 3886 5466 i'll be happy to send you one.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Tuesday, Apr 07, 2009 at 09:29

Tuesday, Apr 07, 2009 at 09:29
I found it hard to believe that the manufacturers of my CT annexe roof didn't fit the locking slide, it is very annoying with them keep unzipping them selves!
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