I am in the middle of an awning fabric replacement. It's ready to put back on the trailer, but I am quite sure I will end up having to adjust the tension after trying it out. The reason for that is that I lost track of how many turns were on it originally, and anyway, it wasn't enough to begin with. Plus it is a Coleman-Faulkner Ultra 18', no longer made, and there are no instructions out there that I can find as far as how many turns to put on the springs. So I made a good guess, based on other brands and the wisdom of the internet.
But the odds are that I will have to adjust them one way or the other. Is this the easiest method?:
- disconnect only one side's spring end/bracket from the rafter arm (taking care to control it with vice grips, cotter pin, etc.),
- wind on or off the number of adjustment turns,
- reattach the rafter arm, and
- repeat on the other side.
Or is there an easier method?
I have read a post or two by Gary saying to completely disconnect the rafter arm from the trailer, then use it as a lever to turn the spring. This seems harder but safer. I'm assuming the awning tube would be all the way out, resting on ladders or something.