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Old 10-07-2005, 06:36 PM   #1
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Converting an RV awning to fit a 22' Safari?

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I am very new to Airstreams. Just bought a 22' 1962 Safari and have just finished gutting it. I have also purchaced a 1990 5th wheel to use for parts for the Airstream. My question is has anyone converted a regular RV awning to fit the Airstream? I do not have access to the 5th wheel let so I cannot take exact maesurements. I just figured that I would throw that thought out there and see if anyone had any input.

Thanks and have a great night.

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Old 10-07-2005, 07:02 PM   #2
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I don't think it will work because of the curve in the top of the Airstream body. Check out some pictures of Airstreams and you will see what I mean. Carefree and Zip Dee both have supports that contour to the upper body. Most 5th wheels have straight sides.

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Old 10-07-2005, 07:05 PM   #3
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Not saying it cant be done just saying its not going to be easy. The 5th is a slab side design. The airstream is round. The supports are extruded and formed in a curve at the point of manufacture if it was intended for an airstream. Other then that I would think its identical.

My best advice would be too look for a damaged Airstream awning that has good curved vertical rails and adapt the rails to the good Slab side awning.

Alternative two would be sell the slab side awning and put that money toward a awning that would fit the airstream.

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Old 10-07-2005, 07:20 PM   #4
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Thank you for the quick replies.

I guess I should have been more specific, I guess I was wondering if there was a conversion kit available for the support bars to fit an Airstream?

Bradjun1 - thanks for the names of the awnings.

59Toaster - I think that I will take your advice and sell the old and buy a new.

This forum is awsome. The replies are so quick and helpful.

Thanks again you guys and have a fantastic evening.
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