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Old 11-27-2010, 06:14 AM   #1
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Carefree awning parts needed

Well, I got a 'deal' on an older model Carefree awning... As deals go, I need a few parts to make it work...

I have the 'pre-1975' model that does not have the anti-bellow end cap but I think I can work around that by making a hook of some sort. What I really need is the Top Bracket / h-lock that supports the roller tube when retracted for travel. (see circled item in picture)

Anybody have some old brackets they don't want?

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John H
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Old 11-27-2010, 08:14 PM   #2
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Hi John,

We don't have these on our pre-1975 awning. I have several boxes of parts though and will be glad to look through them to see if I have one laying around.

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Old 11-28-2010, 07:54 AM   #3
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Kevin, Good Morning.

On your awning, what method is used to support the awning and to prevent unwinding during travel?

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Kevin, Good Morning.

On your awning, what method is used to support the awning and to prevent unwinding during travel?

Thanks, John H
Hi John,

We have Carefree awning systems on our 73 that uses the 4-nub caps to keep the fabric from billowing. The nubs store over the awning rail. I bought our 4-nub caps at http://odmrv.com/catalog/index.php?m...d055d19d54a9c3

I started retrofitting and a set of newer style ratcheting spring sets to the old Carefree on our 76 Sovereign but never finished all the lathe work. I need to re-engage and get that project off the shelf and finished.

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Kevin,

Thanks for the picture. It seems you have the "h lock" that catches the cap nub, but from the picture it seems you don't have the "Top Bracket" to support the awning end plug. Not having the Top Bracket would put the load of the awning tube and rails on the bottom bracket only (when retracted for travel). Would you agree?

Thanks for the lead on the end caps.

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Hi John,

I've never seen the top bracket used on Airstream or Avion installations. I suspect the bracket is used for flat side trailers (as shown in the picture you uploaded) as it is not shown in the "Carefree Installation Manual for Curved Side Trailers" that I have. Looking at some photographs of our trailers it doesn't look as though they would work on the shell curvature. A top bracket would be helpful as most of the awning system weight is carried by the lower bracket.


Perhaps others here can shed some light on the subject.
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