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Old 08-24-2013, 08:37 AM   #1
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A little confused

When looking for a replacement fabric for my "Carefree" awning, I thought I would take advantage of my 'Good Sam' discount and see what 'Camping World' had to offer.
$350 installed. $254 not installed. That was with the GS discount. But we don't stock it so $130 for shipping. Why $130 for shipping? "It has to come semi cause the tube is to long to ship otherwise". I just want the fabric not the roller. Can't they just fold it and put it into a box. "You would never get the crease out".
So I tried a couple local SOB stores. None of them stock replacement fabric. Shipping about $100.
So to the wonderful world of on-line shopping I went. "PPLmotorhomes.com" They had a universal for $187 plus $9.99 shipping. The same color and pattern and material as the Carefree from Camping World For that price I will try to iron out the folds and deal with it if it doesn't iron out.
Wait it gets better.
I was expecting UPS or FedEx. I got an email that it was being shipped by SPEE-DEE Delivery. Those white trucks the same size as UPS.
Well to my surprise the truck pulled up and out walks the driver with this 9 foot tube. With "Carefree" written all over it.

I can't wait to install it when I get my Argosy back from being painted silver to match my Truck. This blue awning and the Airstream Blue rub rail insert I bought will look great.
All I need now is to talk my better half into a blue strip on the truck with a tonneau cover to match the awning.
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Old 08-24-2013, 08:47 AM   #2
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Just demonstrates CW, even with GS discount, is not usually the best deal out there. I'm looking forward to the pics of your repainted Argosy. I have my eye on a 24' sitting in a storage lot nearby...

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Old 08-24-2013, 09:09 AM   #3
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Generally you are correct, Camping World tends to run a little higher on many items. There are a few exceptions, though. Several years ago I purchased an RV dish draining basket at Wal-Mart. It was the exact same one that was carried by Camping World. I figured that it must be cheaper at Wal-Mart, so I bought it there. The next time that I was in Camping World, I noticed that the dish drainer was actually $2 less expensive at Camping World. The same thing happened to me regarding the blue chemical pellets that I use to treat Lucy black tank. I had been buying them at Wal-Mart for $10. Th very same onesy are $9 at Camping World, and are occasionally on sale for $7.

I guess that this goes to show that shopping around almost always pays off.

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Old 08-24-2013, 11:58 AM   #4
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Just demonstrates CW, even with GS discount, is not usually the best deal out there. I'm looking forward to the pics of your repainted Argosy. I have my eye on a 24' sitting in a storage lot nearby...

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Even if it is wrinkled or creased it won't be after it is rolled onto the tube and used for a little while.
I don't think the creases would bother me.
It would be like wearing a new shirt. Everybody can see the creases and know it's new.
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