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Old 04-07-2014, 08:24 PM   #1
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Awning arm placement question

I bought a new longer dometic awning (from Craigslist), not thinking about the awning arms and the fact that the only area we could mount the rear arm would be right at the storage compartment.
Then, I got the brilliant idea to use the shorter awning arms like they use on the 'big rigs.' Has anyone ever done this before? Do they have to be mounted at the floor line or is it stable enough to mount the bottom of the awning arms at the rivet line where they have riveted the side panels? I have attached a picture and the red X is where the short arms will mount. the yellow line is where the prior bracket was mounted at the floor line.

All thoughts and opinions are appreciated...
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No you probably need them back down at floor line. There is a lot of weight resting on those, and they need lag screws into stud work.

However, you didn't say WHICH awning. The electric Dometic installs are different than the regular manual awnings.
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Hi jesilvas,

This is a manual awning, not power...
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Ok, in that case, mount it where you KNOW there is stud work. If you can prove there is a stud that high up, do it. But it would only be a vertical stud. On the floor line, you know there is one horizontal.
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Most trailers are designed and built with a re-enforced wood brace inside the wall where the awning mounts bolt into the wall. I doubt that wall where the red X denotes placing a mount has adequate bracing and wall structure to support an awning. If you are handy with carpenter tools you might add enough bracing though.
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The OP's Holiday Rambler Presidential is a Alumalite Class A, see
How many Holiday Rambler owners out there?

About the awning mount...it should work, if you can find a stud/frame bar or add a plate to spread the weight.

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