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Old 09-13-2009
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I'm going to install a new Patio awning on my bus. It was missing when I got it. I have two new arms, and I'm going to get the rest.
I have read a few posts on different problems that awning has, from wind damage, to it trying to lower itself, while driving. I believe mine is supposed to be 23 ft long. My question is this. Has anyone used an 18 ft instead of the 23 ft.? I have an awning over the ditch side rear window, so all windows would be covered with an 18 ft,(with the exception of the passengers side front, which the 23 won't cover either) and it looks like the latch on the bottom will easily mount in front of the rear wheels.
I know the downside would be less room covered, but is that 23 ft awning a pain to set up? there's also a bracket over the entry door, not sure what belongs there.
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Jim, I'd bet that bracket on the door is whats left of a wheel. If the awning is at a low angle that wheel rolls under the awing to keep from tearing it. As far as using the Zep Dee, its painless.
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Thank you, Rick:
The wheel is still on there. This is a small alluminum bracket mounted on the roof, with the end broken off. If I were to guess, I'll say it's 3/4" wide, and maybe 3" long, arched to the contour of the roof. Is there supposed to me a center support for the awning?
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Jim, There isn't a center support on ours. Its been rained on and had light winds with no problems.
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I read in something in my Blue Box that a center support was available from Zip Dee for the awning. Maybe yours had it at one time.
I have been through some fairly heavy rain and light wind with the 23ft. awning with no problem. It is a good idea to lower the rear arm one notch when raining to help get the water off of it.
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Definitely need to put a pitch on it when bad weather is expected. When I owned my RV park, I can't tell you how many awnings, no matter what brand or length ended up bowed or collapsed from rainwater!
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I'm going to install a new Patio awning on my bus. It was missing when I got it. I have two new arms, and I'm going to get the rest.
I have read a few posts on different problems that awning has, from wind damage, to it trying to lower itself, while driving. I believe mine is supposed to be 23 ft long. My question is this. Has anyone used an 18 ft instead of the 23 ft.? I have an awning over the ditch side rear window, so all windows would be covered with an 18 ft,(with the exception of the passengers side front, which the 23 won't cover either) and it looks like the latch on the bottom will easily mount in front of the rear wheels.
I know the downside would be less room covered, but is that 23 ft awning a pain to set up? there's also a bracket over the entry door, not sure what belongs there.
We have an 84 PT35. It has 2 big awnings. The 23 footer and a 10 footer.
The bracket over the front door holds the wheel that locks the front arms up. We don't have any center support.
We are volunteering at Ft. DeSoto Campground outside of St. Pete, Fla and the wind comes up on a regular basis.
I can put up the awnings (both) within 3 min. No problem.
I also use velcro strips around the arms to keep the arms from unraveling.
So far, for 7 years, no problem.
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