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Old 07-22-2012, 11:51 AM   #1
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Help fitting 8ft Awning to 13 ft trailer

Just got a 8 ft bag Dometic Trim Line awning for my Uhaul Ct13. You guessed it..won't fit, too long. Has anyone adapted a 8ft rail for a 13 ft trailer? The upper rafter arms of the awning fit into a ball socket that is supposed to be attached under the rail...the curve prevents this socket from mounting correctly. And the 8 ft rail is too long. Does any have any
Mods for this? Too expensive to return. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 07-22-2012, 12:56 PM   #2
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Diane, I know that some people have simply cut the rail down to 7ft (which fits) and then let the bag and awning hang over at each end. But I don't know how the rail system was handled. I don't know if angling the side rafters inward to a 7ft width is possible (maybe if you lengthen them?) Just thinking aloud here, could you install a shim behind the socket to get the angle you need?
FYI, when you install the rail, the standard practice is to install a good sticky butyl tape between the rail and the hull, then carefully drill through the just the outside hull, and then pop-rivet the rail into place. When I installed my rail, I drilled and riveted every 3rd hole in my rail to avoid too many holes in my trailer. Some people have used only the super strong 3-M VHB tape (no holes) but I don't know how that has held up for them long term. Hopefully someone can comment on that one. I just felt safer using the mechanical fastening system.
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Old 07-22-2012, 05:01 PM   #3
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Pam, thank you for responding. What size rail do you have? I have a 7 foot on there now. And I bought a 8ft rail that is too long. But I have windows that leak and wanted to make sure they were covered. I have thought about making a fin shape thing to put under the ends of the rail then attaching the ball socket to that to receive the rafter poles. I have read everything I can on awnings here and have found a lot of folks with 13 ft campers are using the 8ft awning. So hoping someone can add a mod suggestion. when you slant the top rafter poles to meet a 7 ft width the awning is not taught and will hold rain water.
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Old 07-22-2012, 05:32 PM   #4
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question about size of awning for 13 foot Scamp

I want to put a bag awning on my 13 foot Scamp. I really would like an 8 foot Shademaker Supreme, but I only measure 7 feet of straight flat area. That's a line above the door, allowing 6 inches hang, on the bag.
Am I a lot better off just to get a 7 foot Shademaker Classic?
Finances dictate a bag awning rather than some other type.
I did look at some of the new free standing 6 foot by 6 foot picnic table type canopies that are being sold for car camping. They are not high enough to step into the Scamp without ducking big time. Otherwise the $99 price tag would justify the extra work in putting up!
Thanks!
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Old 07-23-2012, 10:11 PM   #5
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I installed the 7' Shademaker Classic on my CT-13 and it works perfect; used pop rivets on the rail and 3M tape to hold the ball sockets. Lesson learned-lower the front verticle pole to the rear of your camper about 8" during rain storm, awning will drain and will not hinder door opening. When sun returns simply raise pole to normal height.
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Old 07-23-2012, 10:21 PM   #6
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There was this thread:
Shademaker 8 foot Awning Install 13 Scamp

My preference leans towards the 7' on the rounded bodies leaving the 8' for the square(13'ers).
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I installed the 7' Shademaker Classic on my CT-13 and it works perfect; used pop rivets on the rail and 3M tape to hold the ball sockets. Lesson learned-lower the front verticle pole to the rear of your camper about 8" during rain storm, awning will drain and will not hinder door opening. When sun returns simply raise pole to normal height.
Thank you George, Lesson learned well on the size,<_< now am stuck with the 8 foot, so need to adapt it. I will try the 3m tape as you said to hold the ball sockets, that is a good idea. Good tip for all on lowering the front side during rain. Thanks again.
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There was this thread:
Shademaker 8 foot Awning Install 13 Scamp

My preference leans towards the 7' on the rounded bodies leaving the 8' for the square(13'ers).
Roy you are so right. I wish I had known that before buying the 8 footer.
I will read this thread you recomended, thank you so much.
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There was this thread:
Shademaker 8 foot Awning Install 13 Scamp

My preference leans towards the 7' on the rounded bodies leaving the 8' for the square(13'ers).
Roy, Wow, thanks for the info as it is just what I needed!!!!!
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thanks

Thanks to George and Roy. Special thanks for the link, I had searched "awning" and none of this came up.
Now I have to decide on length and color.... always hard as I like about any color at the time I see it!
In WA state with my 13 ft Scamp, hoping to use it more this year.
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Diane,
Any reason why you can't sell your 8' and buy a 7' ?
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Diane,
Any reason why you can't sell your 8' and buy a 7' ?
Roy, I could sell it, yes. But I had searched long and hard to find one that was in my price range (Cheap) and one that was the right color for the UHAul ct13. So I am happy with the price, color and design, and quality
of this Dometic Trimline. AND They do not make a 7 ft or at least I could not find a 7ft in this awning. But that was a good question. I will make it work by golly!
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I want to put a bag awning on my 13 foot Scamp. I really would like an 8 foot Shademaker Supreme, but I only measure 7 feet of straight flat area. That's a line above the door, allowing 6 inches hang, on the bag.
Am I a lot better off just to get a 7 foot Shademaker Classic?
Finances dictate a bag awning rather than some other type.
I did look at some of the new free standing 6 foot by 6 foot picnic table type canopies that are being sold for car camping. They are not high enough to step into the Scamp without ducking big time. Otherwise the $99 price tag would justify the extra work in putting up!
Thanks!
Pam P. I hope you have read through this thread...looks like a 7 ft might work the best from what Roy and George are saying. My choice for the Dometic Trimline vs Shademaker, simple...Cheaper. I beleive they may be made the same way. You can find them on Ebay.
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Diane,
If you are handy you can shorten an 8' to a 7'.
1 person I know had the bag width shortend by about 2" to get clearance over the door.

Pam,
The shademaker comes in different qualities and a number of people sell them at varying prices.
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