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Old 01-03-2016, 06:22 PM   #1
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Needing to add an awning

I have a 1997 Safari Continental. It has the large slide but does not have an awning. Can you give me some advise on which is better? If any and is this something to install myself or not?

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Old 01-03-2016, 09:42 PM   #2
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Adding a slide awning, or any big awning for that matter, is a multi-person job.
Particularly difficult if you don't have access to reference material, detailing the wall construction of the coach, you don't want to be drilling holes in the side of you coach , only to find there's nothing behind the fiberglass to hold the mounting screws.

JMHO: Phone around for a quote on the awning installed, you'll probably find, a price to your liking; it's been 10 years since I had one installed, but at the time the install price was so reasonable, I felt it wasn't worth my time to try it myself.

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Lots of people do their own work. It depends on your skill level. Installing an awning is a multi person task so you will need friends. Youtube has instructional video on installing awnings and slide out covers.
The one thing you should consider is that if you get into the middle of the project and run into trouble it will be very difficult to find someone willing to complete the job with your materials. Look for a Carefree of Colorado distributor in your area.
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Note there are two basic choices: mount the awning on the slide itself, or above the slide so that it extends over the top of it. There are pros and cons of both. The on-slide awning is limited to the length of the slide, but is lower (more shade and rain protection) and covers more usable area. The above-slide mount (if there is room for it) allows for a much longer awning but it is also higher up and the slide takes up substantial room underneath. The slide may also prevent getting much down angle on the awning, a problem if the sun is slanting in on that side.
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Old 01-04-2016, 08:25 PM   #5
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Thank you all for the response. I made a few call locally and Southern Camper in Biloxi will charge me $75.00 to install. Unit is going to run about 350 or so. That looks like the way I am going to go. Thank you for all the input. Tom
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