Originally Posted by Jim A
Before you remove the metal cover, it would be good to measure the dimension between the bracket and the awning rail. (See figure 2 in the installation manual.) There is a 6" minimum, 7" maximum dimension shown, and that should determine if the awning will roll up properly. If I had the choice, I would keep the metal cover model. I live in SoCal, so freezing temps is not a problem!
Thanks for the post Jim..
I perfer the metal covers also...in fact I've never had an awning that didn't have the metal cover.
I was attempting to use the factory style slide brackets...which were mounted 5" below the factory drip/mounting rail on the coach. (5" calls for calls for a 90 degree bracket..as was factory on the coach slide, unlike the 45 degree bracket required for the 6" min./7"max dimensions)
Note: There is only 2 1/4" between the top of the slide and the factory coach side mounting rail....which makes mounting the coach side sleve rail that came with the new awning metal cover very close if I mounted under the existing factory mounting/drip rail. Could be a big problem if the slide got out of adjustment again..
When the new awning metal cover is slid into the factory coach side mounting rail ...the metal cover will not tilt up enough to clear the slide as it moves in or out. The metal cover binds in the coach mounting rail itself...because the mounting rail grove faces down more than out....and the metal cover can't tilt up enough to clear the slide. Clear as mud huh?
The factory mounting/drip rail could be used I believe ...if I delete the metal cover. The canvas is flexible enough allow the awning to tilt up more..and clear the slide. Once I figured that out I decided that the original slide awning on the 2001 Alpines likely never had the metal cover....hence my questions. And, according to Dave, that is correct....Bummer!
I think to mount one with a metal cover I would have to install a different coach mounting rail...AND remove the old slide brackets, then mount 45 degree brackets farther down to have the 6' min/7" max distance between the bracket and the coach side mounting rail..
That would leave some ugly bracket tracket tracks where the factory 90 degree slide brackets were...hmm. I just thought about that..The slide would probably obscure those tracks when mounted.
There is another option too...a piece of canvas between the metal cover and the coach side mounting rail 1" wide would give the flexibility needed for the metal cover to tilt up, and not bind on the coach mounting rail....or hit the slide when it is moved in or out.
That's not my idea.. something similar to that is how the main patio awning is mounted. The metal cover is "not" mounted to the coach mounting rail on the 2001 I have...rather to a narrow piece of canvas that is in turned mounted to the coach side mounting rail.
What a pain...30 minute job...turns into 3 weeks worth of parts exchanging etc., still doesn't work.