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Old 07-19-2009, 08:11 AM   #1
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Door awning

I would like to buy & install a door awning on our coach. Has anyone done this and do you have suggestions? Is a manual or electric a matter of choice and is the electric really needed for such a small awning?
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Old 07-19-2009, 01:26 PM   #2
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Ted,
Contact Frank Rouse (Vagabound Water) he installed one on his coach. I can't remember if it is manual or electric. There were photos of it posted here on the Alpine IRV2 site, but I don't remember what the category it would be in now.
PM if you wish, as I think I have a photo of it. send email address.

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Old 07-20-2009, 03:15 PM   #3
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We had a powered door awning installed on our 2005 FDQS when we purchased it from Saddleback RV. The model installed was the same as the door awning used on the 2006 models.

Burk Morgan (WRV) supplied the door awning to Saddleback.
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Does anyone make a door awning that will work with the 36' model Alpine. The awning would need to slide forward once parked to cover the door opening.
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I'm curious as well as to what other people have installed. From looking at the A&E stuff I guess it would just be an armless power model. I see where it wouild be nice for it to move towards the front or something but I imagine you just end up under it since you exit the rear part of the door due to the swing of it anyway. I am also curious as to how much additional wind noise there is. Too bad there isn't anything that has a narrow swept arm that follows the windshield like on some of the other coaches I have seen. Obviously they are custom built for the individual coach and installed durring production.
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Old 07-22-2009, 05:30 PM   #6
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I had a manual door awning installed on the 36' 1998 Alpine we used to have. I had them position it forward as much as possible so it covered the door. It did protrude about 4-6" beyond the flat part of the side of the coach, but that wasn't a problem for the installer.
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Like D&S I,ve had an awning installed over the door and somewhat forward. I was thinking that it would be a way to avoid the gutter run-off from the all-to-frequent rain we get here in the PNW. Didn't work. The coach starts it curve to the front at the front part of the door. The awing goes straight. The combination creates a 3/4 inch gap. This pretty much defeats the attempt to have the entry area rain free.
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Old 07-23-2009, 08:34 PM   #8
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We contacted WRV, Guarantee RV, Carefree and A&E when we had our 2003 FD. Due to the dog leg of the front door we couldn't find an awning with a support leg that would fit and both WRV & Guarantee said that a free standing, unsupported awning COULD NOT be installed due to lack of adequate structure.

I believe it was Carefree that offered us a free awning if we had it installed and let them use photos of the installation for future sales.

I have since seen several Alpines with the free standing, armless awnings.

We ended up solving the problem by moving the entry door back under the awning.

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Dennis & Sally, did you have the awning installed when you purchased the coach?
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Yes, it was installed at the time of purchase (part of the negotiation).
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