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Old 12-11-2007, 07:13 PM   #1
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With our previous fifth wheel which had a manual awning, hubby would lower it within arms reach to attach our decorative lights. Our new Winnie MH has an automatic awning (it's awesome!) but it extends out almost straight and too high to reach even with our lightweight ladder. Any advice on how to get around this?
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With our previous fifth wheel which had a manual awning, hubby would lower it within arms reach to attach our decorative lights. Our new Winnie MH has an automatic awning (it's awesome!) but it extends out almost straight and too high to reach even with our lightweight ladder. Any advice on how to get around this?
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Old 12-11-2007, 07:23 PM   #3
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Get a taller ladder.

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Old 12-11-2007, 07:46 PM   #4
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I had the same problem on our 2005 Fleetwood. My only solution was to buy a taller ladder. The new Destination awnings come down much lower. Wanna buy my taller ladder?
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Wanna buy my taller ladder? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
wthomas1...which ladder is it ..and for how much?!
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Old 12-12-2007, 08:41 AM   #6
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I bought the ladder at CW. 7' Double-Sided Rung Ladder Catalog Item # 20319.

I believe I paid about $150 with tax. It is now on sale for $129. I was halfway kidding as I have no idea how I would ship it.
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Ladders aside, aren't you worried that the auto awning will decide to retract with a bunch of lights and other stuff hanging down on it?
Or maybe I don't know all I should about auto awnings?
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Our "One Touch" awning isn't quite that high, but still a bit high on level ground. It is nice when we park on a site with a gentle slope up from the passenger side!! ...second best is a site with a picnic table I can drag the length of the awning and stand on while attaching the lights. Last resort is my 7 foot collapsible step ladder. Our awning is not automatic ...if on an automatic awning you would want to turn off the automatic feature!
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Check out the stores selling Christmas decorations. Some (such as Ace Hardware) have a collapsing pole with threaded tip, and an assortment of clips and hooks which fit it. Find a hook/clip which fits your awning, screw it on the end of the pole, put the light or wire over it, and lift into position and attach.

Removal is by raising the pole to the socket on the clip/hook, screwing it in, and then removing it from the awning.

Note that the locks on the newer poles are pretty crappy and tend to collapse on you (they do on me anyway), so using a good collapsing painters pole may work better (that's what I use now).
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With the automatic awnings I don't recommend attaching anything to them. And IMHO to shut off the automatic roll up feature defeats one of the best things about auto awnings. The best solution I have seen to add light under the awning and still keep the auto feature functioning was to permanently attach a rope light to the side of the motorhome about half way above the entrance door and half way below where the awning attaches to the motorhome side. It looks great, lights up the area underneath the awning very well, and looks just as good lit up even when the awning isn't extended out, and once it's mounted and wired into place you never have to attach or unattach it again!
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Thanks for all your ideas. We ARE worried about attaching anything to the awning itself, especially since it is supposed to automatically roll-up when wind velocity goes above a certain limit. For this past trip, we got on the roof and strung regular Christmas lights around the the top of the RV using small suction cups, but it just did not have the same effect as the hanging lanters we used on the manual awning on our 5er. Plus, having the lights above the the patio and slide awnings hid then from ground view and looked odd. Steve, your idea may be the best solution. What did you use to mount the rope lights?
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Wayne and Roberta, if you ever do decide to sell you can use a 5" carpet tube; stuff it with crumpled newspaper; use duct tape to cover ends and take it to either Staples or the UPS Store and they will handle shipping for you. Make sure you cut length of tube to be only a couple of inches longer than collapsed ladder. If you are going to any size RV rally just open it up and stand it in front of your RV with a sign on it, Ken,'04 DSDP....
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Thanx for the ideas. We will be at the FMCA convention in Pomona in February, maybe I will try selling there.
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i like that idea also, just not sure how to mount the rope lights to the side of the rig. any pictures would help

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