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Old 02-12-2005, 11:52 AM   #1
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I just ordered window awnings for our motorhome. One is 36in for the bedroom window and the other is 144in for the livingroom slide. I`m planning to install them myself.
Has anyone installed their own? Is there anything I should look out for? Also do you think I should use some kind of fasteners in the walls.
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-12-2005, 11:52 AM   #2
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I just ordered window awnings for our motorhome. One is 36in for the bedroom window and the other is 144in for the livingroom slide. I`m planning to install them myself.
Has anyone installed their own? Is there anything I should look out for? Also do you think I should use some kind of fasteners in the walls.
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-12-2005, 04:45 PM   #3
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Ronnie,
I'll be following this thread with a great deal of interest as I am considering installing a window awning on my coach. I'm sure that the other members will be able to provide us both with useful information.
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Adding window awnings is not all that bad. Be sure to read the instructions that come with a complete kit (awning rail includ.)before installing and you will not have a problem. Be sure to seal all holes. Don't use a level unless the motorhome is level. Don't pull the tube tensioner preload pin until it is secured to the wall. I would recommend metal wrapper awnings.
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I helped a friend install a large one (about 90 inches) on his rig. It was pretty straight forward and we just used sheet metal screws in the filon side panels. It's been two years and so far, so good!

The awning manufacturer usually recommends using an expanding rivet or similar fastener for fiberglass and composite walls, but none of the factory installs I have seen do so. I've got three window awnings on my rig and all were just screwed in. The isn't a whole lot of tension on them in normal circumstances and you will probably want to bring them in anyway if the winds get too strong.
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Old 02-16-2005, 04:07 PM   #6
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Thanks for the suggestions. It is good to know that screws will hold them. I`m glad you mentioned the leveling of the rig. That would be bad to use a level and not have the motorhome level.
The ones I ordered have metal covers. I`m matching them to the awning.
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Our window awning kit from A&E came complete with all hardware including the expanding pop rivits mentioned, screws, etc. I installed using the pop rivets and all went surprisingly smooth.

I was more comfortable using pop rivits vs. screws because we have a 9 year old coach and I was concerned that the old thin fiberglass might crack from the screws.

I cut butyl rubber pieces to go under each attached support, and then finished with caulking.

One nice thing, our MH already had awning channels down the full length of both sides, so I just slid the window awnings into place in the existing channels. No need to install the ones with the kit.

Since you've already ordered yours, this comment may be a little late...

We bought awnings on clearance, so we had limited choices for size and color. Found some which matched our patio awning, but were much wider than the window -- 54" awnings, 37" windows. We thought "what the heck, we're saving hundreds of dollars". Well, I'm glad we have the wider ones, and if I had it to do all over again I'd have bought the 60" awnings! Two reasons; rain doesn't always fall straight down, and the sun isn't always straight overhead

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Be VERY careful when you are dealing with the roller under tension. Releasing the pin at the wrong time or in the wrong way could be VERY dangerous. Pay particular attention to the manufacturers instructions. When I wanted to replace part of my main awning, one supplier would not even tell me how to do it for fear of liability if I was careless. I have since replaced several others (window, patio, and slide cover) with no problem and with lots of care.
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A recent episode or RV Today (TV) covered it, it only took two if them about two minutes, they often have reruns, it may be of some value to watch it check your TV listings.
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Just a suggestion but Camper World has FREE installation right now.
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Old 03-04-2005, 09:36 AM   #11
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I saw the RV Today show and it looked like it ws a real B*** to do without a scaffold and two people. That is why I am going to use (2) 60" for the slide. The other thing I learned is that the catalog measurment is from the centerline of each side bar. For a 36" window (bedroom slide), a 48 in. was suggested as the physical awning width of a 42" may be only 35".
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