I agree Tim it's a bit trickier, however with the modified T25 brackets I fitted on ours there is a narrow gap to get the pop-top posted into, so it sits cleanly in the gutter. To make it easier and less likely to scratch the pop top I shortened the bolts that fix the awning casing to the brackets by about 5 mm. Definitely a front first operation tho'.
While I've had a strut issue recently this was due a mishap we had while battling the Rafaelle winds in France last year.
Pete and Sue.