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Old 08-20-2002, 12:03 PM   #1
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Attaching Awning Brackets

I have an A&E awning on our '67 Tradewind.

Recently the top left bracket broke and needs to be replaced.

I have a replacement, but I am having difficulty mounting it.

It seems(although I could be wrong) that the original bracket was just held on the skin (ie the screws did not pick up on any firm structure beneath the skin).

Is this correct or should I try and attach to structure beneath the aluminum ?

Can I damage the skin by just attaching to it? (use butterfly anchor nuts like a dry wall)

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Old 08-20-2002, 12:21 PM   #2
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Hi Mike,

On my 1971 Tradewind, the brackets are mounted to vertical ribs, top and bottom. Additionally, the bottom brackets screw into the floorboard. I don't think the skin metal alone can support the awning very well.
You can find the vertical ribs by following the rivet line running from bottom to top.
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Old 08-20-2002, 01:52 PM   #3
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Uwe,

Thanks.

The bracket is mounted across the rivet line, so I guess I can locate the rib and attach to it.

Do you know what they are made of and how deep they are ? I Obviously want to avoid screwing through them and into the trailer.

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They are made of aluminum, the overall thickness is like the wall thickness by the door, or by the access hatches.
Some of the hatches actually go right by a rib, so you can see part of it.Also, look behind the refrigerator. There might be exposed rippage there.
I am not sure how wide they are, but if you look at whenshall's pictures, then you might see one of the ribs exposed. Or write to Andy at Inlandrv.com , they know for sure.
Kinda neat, it's like detective work.
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Old 10-29-2002, 06:04 PM   #5
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Hi...I have the same problem. although I do not have a stainless body. I have a 92 landyacht mh with a fiberglass body. It also seemed to me that the entire awning was held by the top rivets. I know that when its was extended the brackets provided support. Have you found a solution. I'm not sure if I should try to re-rivet if so what type of rivets. or should I try to use stainless screws. I would appreciate any info you have learned . thanks
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gwrimmer,

I am sorry, but I have absolutely no clue how your Motorhome was constructed, and where the awning anchors itself. Sounds to me like a tripp to your RV Service center is your best bet.
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Old 10-30-2002, 04:22 PM   #7
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On my 1974 motor home the front and rear main ribs are 2 1/2" wide overall and 1 1/2" deep, about 1/8" thick. They are shaped like a 'U' with a 3/4" wide flange on each side. the rivets are only on one flange. The picture is the inside of the rear main rib.

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Thanks for your reply...your info helps me understand hw this thing is built
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