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GingerBeef 07-26-2013 04:34 PM

Carefree awning
 
Hey guys, I just picked up the parts for the original care-free awning for my 77 overlander.
It has both complete curved arms with brackets (the bolts were threaded back into the holes on the body)
Also got the top tube, but that's it. One end of the tube is open, no canvas at all. And the c-channel on the body of my airstream has a rip in it, so it needs replacing as well.

What should I do guys?

GingerBeef 07-26-2013 04:35 PM

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Don't know how this got loaded lol

GingerBeef 07-26-2013 04:44 PM

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This is the tube, the other end is open

GingerBeef 07-26-2013 04:47 PM

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These are the two arms, they seem straight and in good shape. I can still read the sticker that says "care free awning"

featherbedder 07-26-2013 04:58 PM

You can buy new end with springs & cap but don't think they come with ears on cap as I couldn't find them for my care free plus orig. cap w/springs is probably rusted and bad, carefree used springs attached to end caps both ends, expensive plus new awning rail & canvas. Zipdee awnings the way to go.

GingerBeef 07-26-2013 05:11 PM

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Originally Posted by featherbedder (Post 1332035)
You can buy new end with springs & cap but don't think they come with ears on cap as I couldn't find them for my care free plus orig. cap w/springs is probably rusted and bad, carefree used springs attached to end caps both ends, expensive plus new awning rail & canvas. Zipdee awnings the way to go.

Do zipdee's use curved arms?

I've been searching for a bit and recommendations to switch to a zipdee are everywhere. That's probably what I'll do. But then I would need to drill new holes for the mounting brackets.

Can I retrofit a zipdee onto my arms?

featherbedder 07-26-2013 05:30 PM

NO they are compleatly different, all differant mounts. Old holes can be filled w/olympic rivets bottom 2 lag bolts into edge of floor will eventually pull out w/carefree arms to fill holes remove rub rail insert fill holes with some caulk put new rub rail insert in readily av. reasonably priced [will cover caulk]

BIGED52 07-26-2013 05:36 PM

Zip Dee on curved arms?
 
NO! The Carefree arms will not work with a ZipDee awning roller. You may be able to buy the awning roller from a parted out trailer as well as the awning rail. I can refer you to someone who may be able to help you out. E-mail or pm me if you are interested. E-mail is: caredcarver@aol.com. Hope this helps, Ed

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Originally Posted by GingerBeef (Post 1332040)
Do zipdee's use curved arms?

I've been searching for a bit and recommendations to switch to a zipdee are everywhere. That's probably what I'll do. But then I would need to drill new holes for the mounting brackets.

Can I retrofit a zipdee onto my arms?


featherbedder 07-26-2013 05:36 PM

I switched to ZipDee last yr. couldn't keep bottom bolts in epoxied dowels in holes pulled out second time used sold parts, went w/ZipDee filled holes as as stated.

GingerBeef 07-26-2013 08:15 PM

Alright, I'll just buy a zipdee. Where's the best place to get it from?

Lumatic 07-26-2013 08:21 PM

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Originally Posted by GingerBeef (Post 1332116)
Alright, I'll just buy a zipdee. Where's the best place to get it from?

From Zipdee Awning. They, unlike Carefree, are very user friendly. They have a website.

GingerBeef 07-26-2013 10:51 PM

Deadly, thanks for all the reply's everyone. I really appreciate it, i should have done this investigating before I drove 7 hours to get it!!! :blush:

Tommorow morning I pick up the new water heater!!!

thomdial 07-27-2013 04:59 PM

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Lots of RV dealerships carry Carefree of Colorado awnings and hardware. You might be able to locate the missing pieces by calling around. Also, if you look at their website, they have tons of different fabric options. Call around before you drop over a thousand bucks. Mine is holding up just fine.
thom

Lumatic 07-27-2013 07:23 PM

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Originally Posted by thomdial (Post 1332419)
Lots of RV dealerships carry Carefree of Colorado awnings and hardware. You might be able to locate the missing pieces by calling around. Also, if you look at their website, they have tons of different fabric options. Call around before you drop over a thousand bucks. Mine is holding up just fine.
thom

It's been my experience Carefree dealers are not interested in selling parts for a 30+ year old awning. They would much rather pitch a new one to you. Also Carefree awning canopies are vinyl. Two of the reason I dumped Carefree and went Zipdee.

lewster 07-27-2013 07:51 PM

I'm a Carefree dealer and it's not so much that dealers don't want to sell parts for 30 tear old awnings........it's that Carefree does not support their older products, so the parts are just not out there. Parts are either scarce or non existent for 10 year old Carefree products!

As far as fabrics are concerned, any Carefree product is available with acrylic fabrics. Zip Dee only uses acrylic fabrics, but their target market is for higher end RVs.

Dixie722 08-27-2013 10:47 AM

parts
 
Zip Dee is definitely the way to go if you can., contact Andy at Inland Rv.. he will fix you right up. If you are selling the parts to yours, I sure need the short arms that go from the trailer to the curved arms. I can also find buyers for the rest of your stuff, should you decide to sell. I am stuck with mine, but experience is good. buy the zip dee. Richard in Texas


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