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Old 06-10-2004, 03:26 PM   #1
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Question ? carter shade awning roller tube

When we acquired our 1977 28 foot Argosy travel trailer it had an awning that we soon discovered was ripped. Thinking we had an A&E or Zip Dee I won an auction for a 14' A&E replacement vinyl awning - no hardware.

Have since discovered that our trailer has Carter Shade awning hardware - the writing is hard to read but pretty certain that is the brand. The arms are curved to fit the contours of our trailer.

The replacement awning arrived today and it is in great shape. Now the big question - will my hubby be able to put it on the existing Carter Shade roller tube?

I have searched the internet and cannot find the answer so thought I would ask the "experts".

Thank you in advance for your help.


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Old 06-10-2004, 08:24 PM   #2
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Cool Not really an expert, but...

We have ZIp Dee today, and had Carefree on prior (Brand X) trailer, and there appear to be only two major theories of attachment to roller tubes. Attachment to trailer side is usually via rounded slot and platic/poly cord running in seam pocket at edge down length of slot. Different mfr's vay size of poly cord from 1/8" to 5/32" to 1/4", though you could buy alternate cord size at Home Depot/Lowe's kind of places.

On roller tube, options are poly cord in seam pocket down slot, or Zip Dee model involving fabric wrapped around tube and tack stitched to hold in place. If it's a slide-in model, end cap of roller tube may need removal, and I'd keep looking for better instructions to avoid loud "sproinging" sound if you release internal spring inadvertantly... [and possible serious injury!!]

Web site for Mark's RV and Awning parts shows schematics, at:

Finally, it appears Carter Shade was acquired by Faulkner RV Awning several years ago, so you may go upstream through sources of Faulkner awnings to see if they have specs or data on Carter Shade awnings...

Good luck!

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Old 06-23-2004, 02:34 PM   #3
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update - replaced awning with no problems

Thank you very much JBMcG for your response.

This past weekend hubby was able to easily remove the existing awning. The roller assembly slid thru a casing on the old awning. Hubby improvised with the new awning and riveted it onto the roller tube. He then very carefully adjusted the tension.

Sliding the new awning onto the trailer was very easy.

We now have a working awning.

Thank you again for your advice.


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Old 06-23-2004, 03:56 PM   #4
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Sounds like you made a good fit for your new awning For anyone new to the Zip Dee awning, their website has every imaginable bit of information from putting up and taking down the ZipDee awning to replacing every little piece of mechanism that makes them work--along with order part numbers and ordering info. We had no idea about how to work ours when we first got our trailer this spring and of all the manuals that we got with it, the ZipDee info was missing. A very useful site if you are in need of awning info!
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