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Old 09-25-2010, 12:55 PM   #1
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I have a lead on a used fiberglass trailer but it does not have an awning. Has any member installed one and if so provide some guidance? Thank you
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There are a few different styles of awnings, and also, installation can vary between trailer types.

Can you tell what type of trailer it is, and what type of awning you would like? I think your question is so broad that it's hard for anyone to give you an answer.
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I have a lead on a 17' egg camper but it does not have an awning. I realize there are hidden wooden support blocks for the awning support system. Has anyone installed one of those box type metal awnings like the Fiamma on a Casita or the bag type on a pop up trailer on their own fg trailer? I'm wondering what are some of the potential problems that may be encountered? Thanks for responding...
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Old 09-25-2010, 09:36 PM   #4
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Sent you a PM Jim. I installed the A&E (like Casita) on my Scamp. No wooden blocks as support. Used stainless fasteners and fender washers. Since I often travel alone, I wanted an easy awning. A crank out... doesn't get much easier than that!
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I have a lead on a used fiberglass trailer but it does not have an awning. Has any member installed one and if so provide some guidance? Thank you
A bag awning is the simplest to attach, most economical, and is constructed in such a way as to allow for a privacy room or a screen room..... Draw back?... It must be deployed and stowed by hand, which is not too bad.
Here's one on a formerly ours LoveBug.....
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Donna and Floyd,
Did you install the awning yourself? Was it hard to do and what about hitting something solid behind the screws? Thanks
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Mine is in my camper needing parts, waiting for me to return to Wisconsin. It no longer needs swim noodles.
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Did you install the awning yourself? Was it hard to do and what about hitting something solid behind the screws? Thanks
I did install it myself. It wasn't difficult, just a bit nerve-racking. I first mounted the brackets to the awning, then lifted the awning to where I wanted it affixed to the trailer. While some held the awning (actually two people one on each end), I went inside and mentally checked where I would be drilling. There were no wires in the area and certainly no propane. I had to pay attention to the upper cabinetry and came within 1/4 inch of the screen door frame. The awning has been on the trailer for 3-4 summers now and works GREAT! I had the aluminum brackets made. I first purchased a set from Casita for their 16 footer, and thought they were "cheesy" so I sent them back to Casita.

As others have said, a bag awning would be much easier to put on a trailer. No brackets, just the track. But I wanted the ease of using the awning and I got that with the crank out. YMMV

Are you going to mount this to something other than a molded trailer? If so, your needs may be different. I see your profile says Lance. If this is the case you may have more luck with a solution at the Open Road forums on RV.net
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Donna and Floyd,
Did you install the awning yourself? Was it hard to do and what about hitting something solid behind the screws? Thanks
I installed the one in the pictures. No screws .
Struck a line on the roof at the point where desired[just almost to the horizontal]. then placed the awning track using a small amount of silicone adhesive, then drilled and pop-riveted the rail in place. set the drill shallow and there won't be any marks inside the trailer. then a small neat bead of silicone along the top edge of the track just for insurance.
Then slide the awning bead into the track and crimp the ends.
deploy and enjoy!
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I have an A&E box type on my Scamp. It was already on the trailer when I got it but I have taken it right off including the mounting brackets to reseal them and to replace the end caps on the box. Mine doesn't have any hidden wood blocks either. As Donna says you will need at least two people to install it. It wasn't that hard to do but I didn't have to drill the holes as Donna did. Agree with Donna that making sure that the holes are in the right spot would be the hardest part of it.
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Installation might be slightly different on an Egg Camper due to the fact that is has a fiberglass liner. You will probably want to think about how to back up the fasteners etc., and whether you go through the outside shell and the liner, or only the outside shell. I don't know if there are provisions made during the build for awning installation or not, but at any rate it might be slightly different than for trailers that don't have a fiberglass liner (i.e. Scamp, Casita).

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I have a lead on a used fiberglass trailer but it does not have an awning. Has any member installed one and if so provide some guidance? Thank you

Hi there, I have just installed a "ShadeMaker" supreme awning it was very easy just follow all the directions. As for the installation I had my wife there for assistance in locating every thing. I used rivets to install the awning rail. It's a lots easier then you think.

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