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Old 02-22-2011, 10:23 AM   #15
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Thanks, Ken. This is very useful. These diagrams do, however, imply that the arms remain affixed to the shell when in transit. Would you agree?
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Old 02-23-2011, 05:29 PM   #16
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I want to do something with my nearly worn-out 10 foot Sunburst awning.

Unfortunately, two Carefree dealers I called said the awnings no longer come in lengths shorter than 12 feet. I think I would rather not have the pole style. A&E is the only other option I am seeing, which I got quoted at around $1000 plus labor.

A new canvas for the Sunburst is about $350 plus labor, which is supposed to be about $200 or so. The problem is that the Sunburst is a pain to operate, sticks out more than I would like when stowed, and if anything breaks, I'm screwed, as Sunburst has been out of business so long it might be impossible to repair.

I wish there was some other option. Does anyone do without an awning? It seems like it would be a drag in harsh sun or rain.
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Old 02-23-2011, 08:07 PM   #17
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Yes the hardware is mounted to side of the unit. You could go with a box awning they work great ,but you will have to fabricate a bracket .I had one on my Surfside
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Old 02-23-2011, 11:02 PM   #18
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Ken, just a thought in passing ....does this set up leak water between the awning and the body in a rainstorm???
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Ken, just a thought in passing ....does this set up leak water between the awning and the body in a rainstorm???
You can't see it to well but there is a piece of aluminum sheet metal about 9 inches by 11feet that was glassed and sealed to the roof. No wind or rain could get by .

On my Bigfoot it will be A @ E awning 14 ft.
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Old 02-24-2011, 10:33 AM   #20
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Nice setup thanks for sharing those pics.
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Old 02-24-2011, 12:51 PM   #21
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Hi folks,

I know that there has been a lot of discussion about awnings, and I was wondering if folks have been the happiest with Carefree of Colorado, Trim-Line (Dometic), or Shademaster bag awning products. I love the colors offered by Carefree, but want something well made and approved of by fellow eggs owners.

It will be placed on a 1971 13' Boler.

Pics would be amazing if you are willing to share.

Thanks!

Kathy
I LOVE the convenience of my pulldown awning !
I bought the (Carefree Fiesta) awning arms and tube for my '77 Trillium 4500 from Trillium Canada three years ago and installed them myself. Ever a cheapskate, I cut down and installed the pole awning fabric I already had (the classic gold stripe, in perfect condition). I even added the old timey fringe to the fabric! It looks and works great.
The arms came with mounting blocks that stand the base of the arms off just enough to clear the belly band, and the arms curve at the top. My only regret is that I didn't ask the mfr. to cut the tube longer, as I think there's room for almost another foot of width.
I'm pretty sure those arms will work on your trailer. As for your width problem, the tube itself can also be very easily cut down. Unless designs have changed, the winding mechanism doesn't extend the length of the tube, allowing for its use on many tube lengths. Just remove one end cap/bracket, cut the tube to your length, and reinstall the cap.

Best of luck!
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I have a Dometic and I can tell you that it can be a pain to put up and take down by yourself and even with two people at times - when ever I see someone putting up or taking down a Carefree I get serious envy.
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Old 02-25-2011, 10:03 AM   #23
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I have a Dometic and I can tell you that it can be a pain to put up and take down by yourself and even with two people at times - when ever I see someone putting up or taking down a Carefree I get serious envy.
Ditto on the Dometic - although I am now getting the hang of using it without so much frustration. The first time I used it I thought something was broken. A neighboring camper saw my frustration and told me that the awning is often the most difficult thing to master and there probably wasn't anything wrong with mine (other than the design). I think he kept me from ripping the darn thing off the camper then and there.
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Old 02-25-2011, 10:15 AM   #24
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I am going to see if I can find a quality screen/tent style that would fit tight against the 13 Scamp. Has anyone with the same camper found one that works well & doesn't blow away?
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....The first time I used it I thought something was broken. A neighboring camper saw my frustration and told me that the awning is often the most difficult thing to master .......
Hehe Ray I had the same thing happen but was lucky that Reace happened to be my neighboring camper. Man of great patience! Problem is you *really* need to read all the instructions to do it correctly and even then things do stick and its tempting to just force it back into the case when in a hurry.

Of the people I know who have a freestanding tent instead of the attached awning all of them would rather have the awning for two reasons. One there is pretty well always be a gap between the trailer and the tent and the second bigger issue is where to stow the tent when traveling - it really is nice to have the awning on the trailer and not have it taking up space in the TV or trailer. I put up with the issues with mine for that reason alone. Would not be to unhappy though when the day comes that mine is no longer functional and needs to be replaced with a Carefree. :-)
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I am going to see if I can find a quality screen/tent style that would fit tight against the 13 Scamp. Has anyone with the same camper found one that works well & doesn't blow away?
This is something I considered before I installed my pulldown awning, and in many ways it's a superior option.
I was looking at a white, straight sided 12x12 "EZup" type, with the screen option. My Carefree extends out a little less than 7 ft. and is about 8 1/2 ft.wide. I was actually going to park the trailer under the EZup, thereby benefitting from the extra cooling of the white,air-gapped canopy, and bug-proofing the whole shebang. The trailer would serve to anchor it. I'd planned to snug it up to the trailer's offside (standing screen off from hot vents), which would have left me with a 6ft.x12ft. "front porch", more square footage than I have now!
I went with the awning instead due to (1) a severe shortage of extra-gear space and (2) our tendency to move around a lot when we're out camping. The awning is certainly less time consuming to put up and take down!
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This is something I considered before I installed my pulldown awning, and in many ways it's a superior option.
I was looking at a white, straight sided 12x12 "EZup" type, with the screen option. My Carefree extends out a little less than 7 ft. and is about 8 1/2 ft.wide. I was actually going to park the trailer under the EZup, thereby benefitting from the extra cooling of the white,air-gapped canopy, and bug-proofing the whole shebang. The trailer would serve to anchor it. I'd planned to snug it up to the trailer's offside (standing screen off from hot vents), which would have left me with a 6ft.x12ft. "front porch", more square footage than I have now!
I went with the awning instead due to (1) a severe shortage of extra-gear space and (2) our tendency to move around a lot when we're out camping. The awning is certainly less time consuming to put up and take down!
I thought about that, park the egg inside of the screen house.
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so... it sounds like the best option is a Carefree Fiesta. I like the idea of having a screened in area with a tent type set up (plus it's cheaper) but.... the Carefree awning sounds like it would last longer & be less of a hassle.
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