Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > MH-General Discussions & Problems
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 02-15-2010, 12:12 PM   #1
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 33
RV awnings

Looking for new awning. Looks like Carefree and A & E Dometic are the big manufactures of RV awning. Which is better and which company have the better deals.

2000 Triple E Empress on a Freightliner with 330 cat

New RV Guy is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 02-15-2010, 04:50 PM   #2
Senior Member
GaryKD's Avatar
Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Wellington, Florida
Posts: 11,772
Hi New RV Guy,
Unfortunately, awnings are a commodity technology and product. The only real different between the brands is how they look. Choose the awning that has the look you want. The only other choice is a power or manual awning. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. As to the best price, GOOGLE "RV Awnings" you'll have many choices. Also, consider waiting for a sale at Camping World or RV Upgrades.

2005 Newmar KSDP 3910 + GMC ENVOY XUV 37K lbs Moving Down The Road
The Avatar Is Many Times Around The USA
Nobody Knows Your Coach Like Somebody Who Owns One Just Like Yours
GaryKD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2010, 01:17 PM   #3
Moderator Emeritus
Gary RVRoamer's Avatar

Fleetwood Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Silver Springs, FL. USA
Posts: 16,418
I thing GaryKD has pretty much covered it. Shop around online for the best price on the type of unit you want.
Gary Brinck
2004 American Tradition; 2014 Buick LaCRosse
Homebase in the Ocala Nat'l Forest near Ocala, FL
Gary RVRoamer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2010, 02:22 PM   #4
Senior Member
Pusherman's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Rochester NY
Posts: 2,358
As mentioned above, your choice other than brand is manual vs. automatic. If you don't mind rolling up and down your awning by hand, stick to manual, as the automatic ones are expensive and require a fair amount of repairs.
'07 Winnebago Journey 34H - CAT C7, Koni's, MCU's, SS Bell Crank, Safe-T-Plus
'07 HHR Toad, SMI AFO, Blue OX
Pusherman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2010, 02:36 PM   #5
Senior Member
Dr4Film's Avatar

Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Varies Depending on The Weather
Posts: 7,540
Don't forget to look at two other brands that never get mentioned. One is called Zip Dee and the other is called Girard. The Zip Dee awnings were used on higher end coaches years before the high end coaches started using Girard for their custom awnings.

Here are the web sites.

Awnings By ZipDee

RV Awnings | Patio Awnings | Retractable Awnings - Girard RV Awnings

If my coach hadn't already come with everything Carefree, I would be having one of them make awnings for my coach. The Carefree awnings are nothing as their name implies. Lots of maintenance and repairs.

Dr4Film ----- Richard.
2002 Monaco Windsor PBT 40Ft. (R HOME) - 30Ft. 2006 Pace Trailer (R JUNK). Trailer Has 06 VUE (R TOWD) 04 Victory Alen Ness Edition (R RYDE). Full-Timer for 14 Yr's BUT now a Part-Timer. Cummins ISC-350 With Banks Power Pack and Upgraded PRXB PacBrake.
Winter Home in Flagler Beach FL - Now Staying in Dansville NY for the Summer.
Dr4Film is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-2010, 11:02 PM   #6
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 33
Well Thanks to all for your input.
I have considered Girard but they are about $6000.00 installed which is a little high for my 10 year old coach. I am planning a A&E or a Carefree. I thought that maybe Carefree made a little better awning but maybe there is not alot of difference so I will probably will just get whichever is available in my area at the best price.

2000 Triple E Empress
New RV Guy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2010, 07:22 AM   #7
Senior Member
Retired and Happy's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Stone Mountain, GA
Posts: 917
If memory serve me, there is another choice to make...vinyl or fabric. The cleaning and amintenance requirements are different.

Ken, Judy, and the Angels--2005 Fleetwood Southwind--2008 Cargo Trailer--2003 EZGO Golf Cart
Retired and Happy is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New awnings, front and window hail damage Doris 5th Wheel Discussion 6 07-19-2009 10:09 PM
Awnings BookIIRoadtrash Excel Owner's Forum 2 11-08-2008 08:37 PM
Window awnings TEO Monaco Owner's Forum 2 10-10-2007 10:53 AM
Window awnings don't work - 2005 Imperial Bob Graham Monaco Owner's Forum 3 10-08-2007 01:55 PM
Billowing Awnings Don138 MH-General Discussions & Problems 8 12-29-2005 12:24 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:40 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.