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Old 02-11-2011, 06:38 PM   #1
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Best Awning option....

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!

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Old 02-11-2011, 10:32 PM   #2
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Kathy, we have some pics of our Carefree but I don't know that they'd show anything that would help you.
Our vote goes to Carefree but note, there is about a foot difference in the width (front to bacl) of awning you can add to a Boler compared to a Trillium (like ours is) because of the slight difference in the curvature of the two bodys....
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Old 02-12-2011, 10:11 PM   #3
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I am having the same thoughts,,Also would be interested in the Add a room option, if anyone has any insights.
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Old 02-13-2011, 06:27 AM   #4
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There's an almost identical discussion going on here under General Chat. Vintage Style Awnings Maybe a moderator can merge these two discussions together...
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Old 02-13-2011, 11:05 PM   #5
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I've got both the Carefree of Colorado and Trim-Line and I like the Carefree the best because it braces back to the camper instead of the poles needing to be staked down to the ground like the Trim Line does.I asked the guy I bought the Trim line from if the poles attached to the camper instead of needing staked and he said it did but once I got it I found out it does not. I bought it off E-bay and really couldn't return it because of how much freight would cost so now I'm stuck with it....
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Old 02-14-2011, 12:42 AM   #6
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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
Kathy:

Here is a picture of our Carefree awning on our trailer.

Ladybug at Deception Pass S.P. | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Works fine. No complaints.

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I have the Dometic but have serious Carefree envy!!!
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Old 02-15-2011, 04:33 PM   #8
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Are there any concerns about the straight arms of the Carefree awning when folded to the curvaceous sides of a Boler?

Can they be bought at a size (6-7 feet) appropriate to the 13' Boler?

Has anyone actually installed one of these onto a 13' Boler or Scamp?
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Old 02-20-2011, 01:04 AM   #9
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Some friends have a 7footer on the side of their Boler (13ft.) and it (IMHO) doesn't look too appropriate.

Our Carefree's 'legs' collapse and fold up into the bag awning attached to the trailer body. Although the trailer has attachment points on the body, I/we prefer to have the legs extend straight down. This allows for more more 'clearance' when moving in and around the trailer. No need to be ducking under a metal bar, LOL!!!!
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Are there any concerns about the straight arms of the Carefree awning when folded to the curvaceous sides of a Boler?

Can they be bought at a size (6-7 feet) appropriate to the 13' Boler?

Has anyone actually installed one of these onto a 13' Boler or Scamp?
Carefree has several curved profile legs (arms?) available for the Fiesta Awning, as they have been installed on Airstreams and Burros.
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They have shorter leg sizes available, if that's what you mean in your second question. The legs on my Fiber Stream's Fiesta Awning are only 5' 4" when in the stored position.
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If you mean length along the awning rail, I have seen an 8' (or was it 7'?) Fiesta Awning on an Airstream Caravel, because that is all the straight body there is to attach the rail to.
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You might have to special order such a complicated design. Shorter than 8' might limit you to a bag style (not a Fiesta "Roll-up").
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Old 02-20-2011, 07:49 PM   #11
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Ironically, these photos illustrate my concern. Because of the Burro's vertically oriented clamshell construction, the sides are relatively straight (that is, 90 degrees perpendicular to the ground) much like the Fiberstream. The Caravel also has flat sides up to the curving roofline.

The Boler's walls have a none to subtle arc from top to bottom. The trailer's width measures approx 70" at the top and bottom, and expands to 77" at the center. Then add another 5/8" for the protruding belly band.

All of this would prevent the Carefree's straight legs from folding flat and flush to the trailer's side. In other words, the awning's legs must be equally curved to match the arc of the trailer walls in order to fold tightly.

Also, to look proper, the max width of the awning can be no more than 78". Perhaps Carefree can customize their sizes?

I'd love to hear from anyone with a 13" Boler or Scamp that has a Carefree installed.
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Ironically, these photos illustrate my concern. Because of the Burro's vertically oriented clamshell construction, the sides are relatively straight (that is, 90 degrees perpendicular to the ground) much like the Fiberstream. The Caravel also has flat sides up to the curving roofline.

The Boler's walls have a none to subtle arc from top to bottom. The trailer's width measures approx 70" at the top and bottom, and expands to 77" at the center. Then add another 5/8" for the protruding belly band.

All of this would prevent the Carefree's straight legs from folding flat and flush to the trailer's side. In other words, the awning's legs must be equally curved to match the arc of the trailer walls in order to fold tightly.

Also, to look proper, the max width of the awning can be no more than 78". Perhaps Carefree can customize their sizes?

I'd love to hear from anyone with a 13" Boler or Scamp that has a Carefree installed.



It just now occurs to me that I may have been missing the boat....

Do the legs of the Carefree disengage from the body and fold into the "bag" when in transit?
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:04 AM   #13
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This might help with the awning hardware

Dometic Universal Hardware for 8500/9000 Awnings Hope this helps
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Old 02-21-2011, 03:15 PM   #14
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Great subject...
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