Free 7 Day Trial RV GPS App RV Trip Planner Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Free 7 Day Trial ×

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 05-30-2016, 01:00 PM   #1
2 Rivet Member
L.D.Clara's Avatar
2015 20' Flying Cloud
Brandon , Manitoba
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 46
A&E/general awning question

When we bought our 1968 Airstream Sovereign a number of years ago it came with an A&E awning that had sustained some damage - ripped fabric and bent/broken top brackets.

In the process of the restoration we removed it and, since we couldn't find replacement top brackets for it (I was told that they were pretty much unavailable for that waning), it never made it back on. In the few years we've been using the trailer we've learned that we want an awning again, so I've been working on refitting it.
I managed to find some old awning top brackets for it but they're a different style, sitting about an inch higher than the old ones. With sweat and a certain amount of bad language, I've managed to swap them over and reinstall the awning.

With the new brackets I've got the arms to sit a steady distance away from the sides/roof as opposed to right against it (which seems like a good thing), however, it also means that the entire awning is supported an inch above the roof of the trailer, and its weight is supported only by the arms at either end, where previously it rested on the roof along its whole length. I don't know if this is how it should be or not..

I'm concerned that this may have the potential to cause problems by overloading the bottom brackets with al the weight of a 20' awning roller bouncing up and down on them - we have horrible roads up here in Manitoba. On a vertical sided trailer the weight could not be supported on the roof like it can on the curved side of an Airstream, but then it could be supported to some extent by the spring tension through the awning fabric; which it isn't with the roller an inch above the awning rail..
I hope that someone with more awning experience might be able to venture an opinion as to whether this is normal/ok or if it's a disaster in the making...

L.D.Clara is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Goucho couch,original am/fm 8 track & lots of wood & aluminum from interior remodel gquailhunter Airstream Classifieds 0 09-19-2015 04:25 PM
Windows/parts for a 1947 Liner & general advise 1947liner 1947-1949 Liner 1 06-25-2013 11:56 AM
General Question on AS trailer - 1972 Ambassador Alex 1970 -1973 Ambassador 7 12-01-2003 09:06 AM
General plumbing question eracism Fresh Water Systems 2 01-14-2003 06:41 AM

Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:39 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.