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Old 12-25-2010, 07:49 AM   #1
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Adding an awning

The awning on my Tiffin is so high it rarely provides the shade and protection we need. I am thinking about adding a smaller manual awning to the kitchen
slide out which will be lower, but smaller. Has anyone tried this?

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Old 12-25-2010, 05:28 PM   #2
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I think I would check on replacing the current awning with one that the tilt can be adjusted rather than trying to mount another awning below the current one.

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Old 12-26-2010, 08:01 AM   #3
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The existing one is most likely electric, and mounted high to stay out of the way of the curbside slide.

Conventional manual awnings are pretty easy, many sizes stocked at camping world, and custom sizes can be ordered.

They are made with a 1/4" plastic tube sewed into the "house end."
That tube slips into a slot in the moulding that separates the wall from the roof.

You would need to buy a section of that moulding, cut it to length, and attach it to the top corner of the slide (low enough so it won't interfere with the main awning!) with counter sunk screws. Then just slide the new awning on, and screw the brackets for the verticle supports into the side of the coach.

Sounds like a reasonable alternate to the big electric awning.
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Old 12-26-2010, 08:45 AM   #4
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No reason you cannot do that. Monaco mounted awnings on the slide for several years, to get it down lower and more useful. It's just a smaller awning - limited by the length of the slide room.
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Old 12-27-2010, 01:26 PM   #5
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Buy a sunscreen that slides into the round tube of the awning, this is then staked to the ground. I have one that is for the power awning, has a piece that stays on the tube when the awning is stored. When you put the awning out you zip the screen to the piece that stays on the round tube. PM me and I will tell you where I got mine.
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Old 12-27-2010, 03:20 PM   #6
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I just had a small window awning added to the curb side living room slide as there are times when I don't want to have the big awning out but would like to have a window awning down. It matches the others on the coach. I had the factory add it but haven't seen it yet. Picking up coach next week. Factory said it one of most popular options added to coaches.
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Old 12-27-2010, 10:40 PM   #7
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I added a window awning on my 07 Knight. The job was very simple. Remember to add an additional 12 inches to the width of the window to ensure you do not get any rain in during storms.
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Old 12-30-2010, 11:57 PM   #8
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I added a 13 footer

I had a 2005 fleetwood prowler 5th wheel with 4 slides. The awning was above the slide in the bedroom and very high. To open and close it, the slide had to be in and I had to be careful of the angle so the slide would not interfere when extended. It was 17 ft and a ladder was necessary to get the awning out. There was a 13 foot slide in the living room at the back of the trailer. I searched the web and found a factory the custom made the awning to fit my 13ft slide cheaper than Camping World. It was easy to install and we used that awning more than the bigger higher one because it was lower and gave more shade and in a better location. Just search the web for awnings and you will be surprised how many factories are out there that will make one to size. It was a manual awning and very easy to operate.

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