Yes, the recoil action is, well "fast"......
This is hard to describe in words but I will give it a shot. Coming down is easy as you know. Now to go up.
(This is somewhat what Kitty is saying but a few more things)
This starts from having the side arms already collapsed and the roller down to the lowest height ready to roll up. Like 4 feet off the ground.
1. Slide the black strap to the end where the roller release latch is.
2. First you need to flip the release latch, again which is heavily preloaded from all that force. I use my right arm and push down on the awning roller. I make a cradle in the fabric to the roller. This takes that massive force off the flip latch. Now the latch flips with 1 finger.
3. Now you have to hold it down or it will fly up in a heartbeat. Since I had my right arm holding the tube down when I released the latch, I keep holding it down and now scoot me and the black strap towards the middle.
4. Once in the middle I now transfer from my arm holding the tube down to holding the strap.
5. No under my control I easily let the roller tube roll up under control. My 2004 is low enough I do not use the awning rod. I'm a 6 foot guy and can reach it. Your 2006 is about 2 inches taller and might just be out of reach. May have to use the rod.
6. When I get about 6 to 8 inches from all the way up, I can let it go in 1 last quick wind up to keep it tight.
Trust me until you do this a few times, it is almost rocket science.... or at least it feels that way.
My biggest issue was the spring latch. Until I figured out to push down on the roller to take the pressure off, I swore I was going to break something. I knew there had to be an easier way. Duh, just push on the tube and unload it.
We all learn.
Hope this helps.
Current Sunlines: 2004 T310SR, 2004 T1950, 2004 T2475, 2007 T2499, 2004 T317SR
Prior Sunlines: 2004 T2499 - Fern Blue
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