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Old 08-12-2014, 07:44 PM   #1
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Slide out length

How much wider than the slide out should an awning be? I have researched all about installing them, and would feel comfortable doing it myself. Looking at the Carefree brand.
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Old 08-12-2014, 08:05 PM   #2
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There is no "guide" it will be up to you and your coach on where it can be securely attached. Not to mention that it clears the slide out and not rest on the slideout to be worn.
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Old 08-13-2014, 07:39 AM   #3
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The ones I'm familiar with have all attached to the slides. This makes installing one that's longer than the slide out difficult? Or have I misunderstood the question?
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Old 08-13-2014, 12:07 PM   #4
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When researching my coach purchase I noticed them both attached to the slide and the coach. Same brand, different years. I preferred the one attached to the slide because you have more depth of awning space as opposed to width. Most of the ones I saw attached to the coach offered less usable shade.
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I'm a bit confused. Are we talking about an awning, or slide toppers??
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Awnings. A lot of newer coaches have the awnings attached to the slide rather than the coach. I have noticed quite a few more than i used to see at campgrounds. At first I thought it was a bad idea adding the awning weight to the slide but honestly they do produce more useable shade. I talked to one owner who said he had no issues with weight and his was 3 years old. The only downside is the width. Depending on how wide youe slide is it can mean a narrow awning losing any shade advantage for sure.
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Old 08-13-2014, 07:54 PM   #7
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Our MH has both a slide awning and a body awning. I prefer the slide awning.
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On our MH the slide is 15' wide and the awning is 19'. We lose 24" of "shade space" under 15' of the awning when the slide is out. Awning positioning and width appears to be more a function of window location than it does anything else. \ken
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Melmoses may be answering about awnings, but not sure what the OP (MadDad) is asking about.

If it is a Carefree slide topper that ha asks about, the width is limited by the mounting brackets on the slide out end. More is better, overlapping the end of the slide enough to reduce the amount of water that collects on top in a windy rain. Usually the bracket can be mounted to give a couple extra inches on each end, but the RV manufacturers rarely do that. They set them up so the fabric barely reaches the end of the slide. Whether you can do that depends on the slide construction and the available mounting brackets. One type is flat, the over curved. Here's the flat one:
Carefree of Colorado Slideout Cover Awning Bracket & Hardware - RV Camper Parts
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Oops you are correct. Not sure what I was thinking. On our coach the slide awnings are 6" wider than the slide at each end.
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