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Old 02-25-2013, 08:25 AM   #1
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Backer Plate For Awning Bracket ?

I sure could use some help, I have a Coachmen 191RB Freedom Express LTZ. It came with a 10 awning, I would like to replace it with a 12 awning.

I called Coachmen and talked to then about it, they said there would not be a backer plate where the bottom awning bracket bolts would go for the 12 awning. If I had the drawings that they used to build the trailer Im sure I could add the backer plate.

Does anyone know for sure how the side wall is framed? If I knew how it is framed I think I could add a backer plate.

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Old 02-25-2013, 09:23 AM   #2
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I installed an awning on a trailer that didn't start out with backer plates, but in my case it was much easier to put some in since mine's a molded fiberglass unit without interior framing.

Access is probably your biggest problem- the plate itself needn't consist of anything more than a piece of stout plywood through which you run the bolts for the awning bracket(s).

If I were doing this project, I'd first determine exactly where on the interior wall the bolts will come through, and assess whether you can get to that point from the inside. If it's a "bare wall" location, cutting out an opening sufficient to allow for the insertion of a plate is easy. If you happen to saw through what passes for a "stud" in RV's, just make the backer plate stout enough to make up what you remove, and tie it to the adjoining stud stubs.

Side note:

I also put a "plate" on the outside of the rig- probably overkill but it seemed like a good don't-crack-the-fiberglass precaution. I used a sturdy piece of sheet aluminum for that purpose.
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