I've almost completed restoration of my 1971 23' Safari. When I purchased the trailer the owner included the (detached) awning and hardware. During the past 5 months of restoration I have really never looked at the awning and hardware, but now that it is time to put the finishing touches on the Safari I need some advice.
The awning is a Dometic A&E 8500, 11 foot width in need of a new (cloth? canvas?) $300, and the hardware brackets need new parts totaling about $200.00. The rails are functional but are pretty scratched up and in need of a professional paint job from an automotive body/ paint shop (I know from experience that silver metallic spray painting from a can never looks like I want it to), and I estimate it would cost $100 - $150. I figure the total to get this awning operable and looking good to be about $600 - $700, vs. the cost of a new awning at around $1,300.00
My dilemma is the size of this awning. My Safari is a 23 footer with a 13 foot awning rail. Is the 11 foot awning I have undersized for my trailer? Will my fellow Airstreamers point, laugh, or snicker because the awning is undersized?
What is the correct size awning for my trailer? What would y'all do?