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Old 01-27-2006, 09:56 PM   #15
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I have a full length awning, but on a 25' coach that is a relative term.

The only time I have ever deployed it was to see if I could. I have been strongly tempted to remove it as it is just so much dead weight to haul around.

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Old 01-28-2006, 12:19 PM   #16
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I have a long curbside awning with the blue and white stripes on my 31' Excella 500, and it has made it from last May to now with a "Tropical Room" enclosure attached. (Pictures in my gallery.) I am removing the screens today to put them into storage until the windy weather in Feb. to April passes.

I love my big awning, but it is troublesome. A couple of weeks ago, I woke up to a thunderstorm and the sound of the awning flapping. Oh, oh! Been there, repaired that! I rushed outside, dropped the screens in place, and rolled up the main awning. One of the problems with a long awning is that the roller will sag in the middle. The standard method of adjustment is to find a little fellow and let him hang in the middle to straighten it out. Once this is done, the awning retracts fine . . . for a while. That's my only gripe with this 20' 6 3/4" awning however.

If buying new, I would go with a 2/3's awning on the curbside and put a window awning over the bedroom window. The streetside full length awning works great, and it's easy to take up and down.

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Old 01-28-2006, 03:22 PM   #17
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You can add a center rafter to the awning that is easy to do! Call Zip Dee and price the parts needed. Pretty cheap if I remember correctly.... we did it on the long patio awning on our 83, 31 footer!

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Old 01-28-2006, 03:54 PM   #18
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Hi, Elizabeth,

It's got the center rafter. In fact the flapping sound comes from the fabric slapping on that center strut.

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Old 01-28-2006, 04:42 PM   #19
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Our 25 has the standard curb side, full length, awning. I find it a hassle to deploy and stow, so we only use it occasionally when we are camped for awhile at the same place.
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Old 01-28-2006, 05:02 PM   #20
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Our 25 has the standard curb side, full length, awning. I find it a hassle to deploy and stow, so we only use it occasionally when we are camped for awhile at the same place.
I found the full-length awnings on the 25 and now the 28 easy to deploy or stow and I'm 73. I much prefer the full length awning to a long and a short awning.

In our southern clime, the more shade, the better the trailer cools. For that reason, I will open the big awning even on an overnight if that is the sunny side of the trailer. I especially like the rear window awning which helps cool the bedroom where the AC doesn't readh well.
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Talking about awnings, how do the little gizmos work that look like wheels at the top of the arm. I can't ever seem to get them to latch and they hang loose. I'm new at this and am learning fast.
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Talking about awnings, how do the little gizmos work that look like wheels at the top of the arm. I can't ever seem to get them to latch and they hang loose. I'm new at this and am learning fast.
They clamp down the awning arms to the trailer. loosen the wheel and slide it over the slot on the arm (head) and tighten down. I would not travel without the awning secure.
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Talking about awnings, how do the little gizmos work that look like wheels at the top of the arm. I can't ever seem to get them to latch and they hang loose.
Please don't travel with them loose. It's asking for an accidental deployment.

You can tighten them with the awning rod as shown in the drawing above, however, many of us carry a small stepladder or stepstool and tighten them by hand. If you can reach them, you can tighten them much more securely by hand and also loosen them more easily to erect the awning.

I carry a little 2' high stepladder in the bed of my truck.
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Old 01-29-2006, 07:27 AM   #24
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We have the full length awning on the road side of our 25' Sovereign ... It is a breeze deploy and to stow.

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Cool Full size patio

I recently installed a full size patio awning (zipdee) on my 25 ft Trade Wind. Went on easy, opens easy! I am not to sure about the opening tool. I am going to bring a two step folding stool with me to help with the latching and unlatching of the arms. I also installed a window awning (not a zipdee) on my rear bath window.
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