Do you cringe when you hear the word “Engineer”? I do!
Sometimes it seems that engineers try to make things much harder than they really need to be. Take the pull strap on our Carefree of Colorado over-the-window and over-the-door awnings as an example.
I’m sure you’ve noticed them — even you non-RV’ers out there. The pull strap hangs down below the bottom of the awning and you… guess what… you pull on it to open the awning.
Well, all the awnings I’ve seen are built with rollers, or “Roll Bars” that the awning fabric wraps around and those rollers have three slotted keyways. The awning fabric slides into one of them. The pull strap slides into another. And accessories like lights can be slid into the third.
Eventually those nylon pull straps deteriorate with weather and moisture — as did our strap for the over the door awning. Imagine my surprise when I looked at the replacement parts kit and found Pop-Rivets!
It turns out that the engineer who designed the awning thought that the best thing they could design was a slot that you had to disassemble the entire end cap of the awning (up some 12 feet in the air) in order to slide the pull strap into the slot.
Well, RV’ers are a clever bunch, we are (well, someone else was, I just learned this trick). It turns out that you can take a 1/4” drill bit and a drill motor and drill into the channel about 1/4” — effectively making a 1/4” opening into the channel. The old torn pull strap can then be coaxed out of the channel and the new pull strap can be inserted into the channel and you are all done. No cursing, no sweat, no precarious maneuvering at the top of a ladder. Done! Finished. Complete.
The thing is, we rarely even USE that awning….
Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll talk with you tomorrow.