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Old 08-17-2010, 12:02 PM   #29
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mine looks slightly different

I had planned on not using this awning...but, now I think I like the look with the Cloud.
I notice that it does not have a center, brace to body, sliding arm. It is just connected and braced at the top and bottom. In other words it does not look like the awnings in the PDF put up here.
If I get this cleared up I will put up some info on the rebuild, polish and new fabric installation.
Any help is appreciated.
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Old 08-17-2010, 12:16 PM   #30
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I "think" this awning is an older Carefree... if you unroll the awning, you'll find another vertical brace... this brace telescopes into itself, and then comes out of the resting pocket that's on the lower brace of the awning arm. Take the telescoping piece, and then extend it to horizontal to meet the outreached awning arm.. there's a nubbing inside this extrustion that the brace rests under... that's what keeps the awning tight and away from the trailer.

Kinda hard to explain, but easy once you see it.
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Old 08-17-2010, 01:22 PM   #31
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I had planned on not using this awning...but, now I think I like the look with the Cloud.
I notice that it does not have a center, brace to body, sliding arm. It is just connected and braced at the top and bottom. In other words it does not look like the awnings in the PDF put up here.
If I get this cleared up I will put up some info on the rebuild, polish and new fabric installation.
Any help is appreciated.

This appears to be one of the newer "Vintage" Carefree awnings. Not what I'd call 1st or 3rd generation, but most likely 2nd in the Carefree/A&E era. We have a salvaged one in the garage and it does not have the center lock bars either. On ours the upper hinge arms lock the awning out while it is deployed.

It looks like yours has the quick disconnect feet. If so then its definitely newer era, but still vintage.

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Old 08-17-2010, 04:57 PM   #32
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picture up date...now I need parts

Well, I went to the barn and took these pictures. Yep, it has quick disconnect feet. One of the top body attaches has been weld repaired...maybe has something to do with the missing lift/lock handle and the bent arm. Anyone got a lift handle assembly? Anyother parts you see I might need?
The fabric also has a pretty nice segmented metal cover....fabric needs replacement...I hope to use Sunbrella type instead of that nasty Carefree stuff (juast a personal thing.)
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Old 08-17-2010, 04:59 PM   #33
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Old 08-18-2010, 08:24 AM   #34
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Looks older than my 72 Tradewinds Carefree. Seems that finding support or parts on the Carefree Awnings is next to impossible. I'm going to need to replace fabric on mine and hate to spend the bucks on a complete new unit from ZipDee
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Old 08-18-2010, 08:39 AM   #35
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I found an old thread entry where our resident sail maker Bob Thompson, near us in Texas, said he could do the sewing work. It sure sounded good to me.
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Old 08-18-2010, 11:46 PM   #36
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Hey Inland Andy...

Andy...can you check these photos. I am not even sure now if this is a Carefree. The way the awning arm attaches to the roof by the end of the rail is something I don't see on any other photos. What do you think?
If I go to a Zip Dee can the arms be mounted in the same spots my current awning is?
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Bump!

I'm gonna bump this thread as I am interested in seeing Andy R.s reply on this awning issue and if it is a Carefree. Ed
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Where's Bob Thompson located? There's a few sailmakers here in Houston
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Could not find Thompson's address but I had him repair sails for me in the past and he did a good job.
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What are you doing with sails in Estancia?
I am trying to find the thread post on the awning/sail reference.....stay tuned.
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New Mexico has the highest number per capita of pleasure boats in the US. I am a member of the NM Hobie fleet. I also am a landsailer.
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You must be a politician....no offense intended. The key phrase there is "per capita."

No response from the knowledge base here....I did some more looking and it appears more and more like the awning is an 8000 series, with bent arms for Argosy and Airstream'
Lets see if I can find printed info. Still looking for answers.

PS...I am an old Hobie sailor from Newport Beach (the good old Newport Beach when Hobie had his shop in a garage type building on the Bay.)

Note the top attach of the support arm and the round end caps...not the knobby type shown on Carefree.
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