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Old 11-07-2009, 12:52 PM   #1
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What's A Good Awning??

Hi All,

I will be adding an awning to my 1985 Wilderness TT (tried pop ups and it's a real pain as I must bother someone to help me pop it up as I can not do that alone).

(see the TT here: INUA Kennels~ Home away from Home )

I would like to purchase a good quality awning at a moderate price.

Can anyone give me recomendations?

Why do you recommend it?

How long should (with care) an awning last before needing to replace the canvas?

Thank you all for your time!

Sheila :)
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Keep it simple, less to break.
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Old 11-07-2009, 01:38 PM   #3
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When you are single and disabled, 'simple' has a whole new meaning........

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Most RV awnings are made by A&E. Carefree is another popular brand.
A 12 foot awning (standard A&E manual awning) is around $850 (complete, canvas, frame, arms, all of it) and most camping worlds stock them. I installed it myself, in CW's parking lot, not hard to do.

My old awning was still in excellent shape at 10 years old until another rv sucked it off the side of my rig while climbing out of the columbia river gorge.
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Hi All,

I will be adding an awning to my 1985 Wilderness TT (tried pop ups and it's a real pain as I must bother someone to help me pop it up as I can not do that alone).

(see the TT here: INUA Kennels~ Home away from Home )

I would like to purchase a good quality awning at a moderate price.

Can anyone give me recomendations?

Why do you recommend it?

How long should (with care) an awning last before needing to replace the canvas?

Thank you all for your time!

Sheila
I have had 2 Carefree's and one A&E. My personal preference would be the A&E because I had no problems with it, but have had problem's with Carefree and have called for help and they were very rude and not helpful at all. ( I purchased my MH new 2 years ago, when I got it home I opened all of the awinings and slides,(includes windows and slide toppers) and the slide toppers were sagging to much, so I called Carefree and they told me that they would look up the run on my coach (which they did), and told me that they we cut to specs. I then told them that they were hanging to low and they insisted that they were cut correctly and that I needed to take it up with Monaco. I called Monaco and they apoligized and then called Carefree and were also denied. It ended up that Monaco repaired my sagging slide toppers and they were to long. I vote for A&E

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There's two ways to look at this problem: (1) Keep it simple and cheap or (2) fully automate it so Sheila can do it herself. All other things being equal, I'd say that #2 was the right answer for her, but there is a substantial cost premium for the automation. About $1200 for a basic electric operated awning plus the installation cost.

Here's one:

AwningOutpost.com sells residential, motorhome, camper, trailer and rv awnings
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