Originally Posted by Jim in Pima
Thats a great idea to make a upper support arm on the carefree, we were in a tight campground and did not use the awning for that reason. What did you make the arm from???
I used aluminum tubing. I think it's 5/8 OD, 1/2 ID. Made each stand-off rail in two sections connected by 12" 1/2 OD tubing, 12" long. 6" inside the end of the larger tubing, held in place by pop rivets. The coach end has a piece of 1/2" wooden dowel, 2" long riveted inside the end, then a pan head screw inserted at the edge of the dowel, leaving it hang out 1/4" to slide into the awning rail. In the other end of the stand-off rail, I cut a fork to slide over the rod coming out of the roll tube. When together, the two pieces are long enough, that the fork end goes on first, then, with the awning fully extended, I slide the screw end into the awning rail. I then attach the awning material to the stand-off rail using "anti flap" awning clips, so that they stay in the awning rail on the roof.
I install the rails on both sides after I pull the awning out from the house, but before I raise it up. No ladder needed.
It took me longer to type these instructions than it takes me to install the rails.