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Old 12-15-2008, 07:28 PM   #15
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Can't wait to install it.

Any tips on installation Jake?
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Old 12-15-2008, 09:21 PM   #16
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Hi Greg,

I put up some pics and info this summer when I did mine:
http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/in...howtopic=31397


Edit: holy, having a hard time with links tonight =)
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Old 12-15-2008, 09:45 PM   #17
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Booker,

Those are very helpful.

Thanks...
Gotta pick up my awning rail this week and

Will be nice not to have to load, unload and setup that First Up anymore.
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Was the email you used to get a reply back so fast the one you listed? Mine was thru another vendor for that brand, do you have a ShadeMaker email? Perhaps I can contact the drop shipper or the manufacturer and inform them their retailer is taking my money...I assumed it was the drop shipper/manufacturer who was ignoring me or back ordering it, thanks in advance for your reply.

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Old 12-15-2008, 11:18 PM   #19
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Was the email you used to get a reply back so fast the one you listed? Mine was thru another vendor for that brand, do you have a ShadeMaker email? Perhaps I can contact the drop shipper or the manufacturer and inform them their retailer is taking my money...I assumed it was the drop shipper/manufacturer who was ignoring me or back ordering it, thanks in advance for your reply.

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I thought you had bought it through Interwest, so I filed a dispute through Paypal and Interwest responded very quickly through the resolution center at Paypal. Interwest seems to be a reliable vendor although they do have a customer communication problem. If you bought it somewhere else then none of the information I have would be applicable.

You did indicate that you filed a Paypal case and they should resolve it for you if can't get the vendor to respond. If you know the name of the Vendor that you ordered through and they are not responding, you should post it here so we'll know to avoid them.
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Old 12-16-2008, 01:55 AM   #20
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This concerns me, since we have not ordered our awning yet. I did try to order a Sportshade through an online company, got a confirmation email, but the tracking info is blank, and they won't respond to my emails. I guess some of these websites are still active, but no longer being followed up on. I never received the charge on my credit card, so I have let this one go...
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Old 12-16-2008, 02:38 AM   #21
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Very strange. I also ordered mine through Interwest sports, and got it within two weeks, no problems at all. Mine shipped straight from the factory in Chicago, and the patio brackets came from Utah in a separate shipment.

Greg -

Installation is pretty straightforward, but this is my third awning install. I had to install the awning rail as well as the awning. My best advice is to have a helper during the install, it is not an easy job for one person. Before installing the awning rail, lay the awning bag on top of your trailer to see exactly where to center it. If you are also installing the patio brackets, then open the bag and check where the supports are - you don't want them interfering with the door or windows. I marked the ends of where the awning rail should go with a pencil, and to make it level, I measured out from the rise in the top of the roof (on Scamps - don't know about other makes) about 11". I measured about every 2' to make sure it is straight. You need to double check that the rail is high enough to not interfere with the door or rest on the drip caps, but you don't want it so high up that it is on the horizontal, otherwise the rafter supports will not work.

After installing the awning rail, I placed the bag in it temporarily and opened the ends to again get the exact placement for the rafter supports. After installing the rafter supports I setup the awning in carport position and then (with my helper) raised the legs against the trailer side to figure out the best spot to place the patio brackets - we looked for the spot that would give the most height, and be the most stable - in the case of my trailer, the best spot was directly above the belly band. I used a plumb-line to get the patio brackets centered directly under the rafter brackets, and then installed them. After that, it is simply a matter of drilling holes into the support legs to allow them to attach to the patio brackets.

I used aluminum rivets for the install, and sealed each hole with exterior white window caulking. Total install time was about 45 minutes, which included cutting down the awning rail. This was for a 10' awning - for a smaller one it might go more quickly.

The awning looks great and I am glad to have it - we do a lot of desert camping here in S. California, and there often isn't any shade or structures at campsites in the desert, so I love having an awning. After getting my 16', it was the first thing I ordered for it.

Hope that helps.
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Thanks Jake...

Between your description and Bookers photos I should have an easy time.....

Didn't go with the patio brackets initially, as I liked the legs being straight down, but I may end up adding that function later.
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Old 12-16-2008, 10:46 AM   #23
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Thanks Jake...

Between your description and Bookers photos I should have an easy time.....

Didn't go with the patio brackets initially, as I liked the legs being straight down, but I may end up adding that function later.
The brackets are a must for me - many of the places I camp the ground is too hard to drive stakes into to hold down the legs. Also, my first awning didn't have any of those type of brackets, and a gust of wind flipped it over and ruined it. That is when I switched to the type with brackets on my last trailer (I had a Carefree Campout) - never had the problem again with the bracket type. It is a very nice feature to have.
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Hi: All... For those of you who might be dissapointed... Vintage Trailer Supply sells a period appropriate rope and pole awning. I think these would make a spectacular addition to any fiberglass trailer. Requires an awning rail attached to the trailer tho!!!
Good find, Alf. Those really seem to be just like our original awning which we really like. Takes only a couple minutes to install and put away, plus no bag that flops in the wind or gathers dirt.
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Old 12-16-2008, 05:25 PM   #25
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Good find, Alf. Those really seem to be just like our original awning which we really like. Takes only a couple minutes to install and put away, plus no bag that flops in the wind or gathers dirt.

Just a bunch of guy lines to trip over instead......

You also have to hope that your campsite doesn't have rocky ground. Also, hope it doesn't rain so the stakes pull up when the dirt softens from the water. As for flopping in the wind - better hope you don't get much of a breeze while that one is setup. When your done, it's yet another thing to store inside the trailer, and hope you don't lose any of the stakes, poles, lines, etc.

I've used a bag awning for years. Never had one "flop in the wind" to date. I wash my trailer regularly so dirt is not an issue. Stores out of the way in it's own bag, and don't have to ever worry about staking anything down, or losing any parts. With the brackets, stable even in windy conditions.

I'll take my "dirt gatherer" anyday, thank you very much.
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I'll take my "dirt gatherer" anyday, thank you very much.


Point well taken. I guess we've been pretty lucky and haven't encountered enough bad awning conditions to start hating it yet. Ultimately I would probably get the retractable type, though.
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Old 12-30-2008, 11:02 PM   #27
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Anyone out there put a Shademaker 8ft on a 13 Scamp?

It looks like just eyeballing it, it is going to be pretty tough to get 8 feet of awning rail attached, more like 7 ft and there will be some overhang on both ends? Should be doable, but if anyone has done one on a 13 Scamp, would love to hear any tips before I start.
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Old 12-31-2008, 11:52 AM   #28
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Hi Greg,

I have an 8' rail on my Trillium and I got a 8' bag awning. However, I discussed how you could go to a 9' awning with the 8' rail as the bag has about 4-6" of space at the ends so the actually awning tab is sitting in 4-6" from the end's.

The thing to watch out for is how the top rails attach to the trailer. I discussed this a bit in this post:

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