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Author Topic: Rv Awnings? What manufacture are you using? Do like them?  (Read 4464 times)
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« on: October 30, 2008, 08:29:59 AM »

I will be needing to order some awnings soon and would like to know what you are using and what manufacture you choose and why and do you like them.  Grin Grin Grin
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« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2008, 08:36:00 AM »

Zip Dee

Good service
Made to order
Easy shipping
Pia to install (1st time)
2nd times easy
Good quality
Looks good
Competitive pricing

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« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2008, 12:14:35 PM »

 The awning material itself is a consumable ie: will need to be replaced. The A&E is very popular so the awning material is less expensive and widely available.
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« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2008, 12:22:02 PM »

There is a 20 foot awning on the side of my bus. I don't think we used it once this summer. Maybe once or twice last year. Sure it is nice to have for shade and shelter from rain if you're going to sit somewhere for a while. But you have to watch for wind and roll it up so it doesn't get ripped off. Automatic with wind sensor would be nice but expensive. The posts block half the view in my right hand side mirror. It ruins the original look of my bus. I like a bus to look like a bus: I'm an old bus driver... Its on the bus now so I'm not going to take it off. But I would really consider what kind of use for the bus before installing one. Like if your're going to sit somewhere down South all winter, then of course lots of awnings over the windows would be nice.

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« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2008, 01:48:20 PM »

I have ZipDee manuals on all my windows and the great thing about ZipDee is the small arms plus they use Sunbrella fabrics so there is to need to replace the covers very often mine has been here in the AZ heat and sun for 15 years and the fabric still looks nice and I like the ease of operation, plus you can install the slide rails where you can walk under the awning without hitting your head on the arms. check with RV surplus dealers and Air Stream dealers in your area they may have some takeoffs   good luck
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« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2008, 04:28:42 PM »

I have the 22 ft. girard (got it on craigslist!!) It is a really nice unit and works wonderfully. Hope it never breaks down as parts sound pretty expensive.

Looking for some smaller unit to cover some windows. Will watch this thread.

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« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2008, 05:57:59 PM »

I have an A&E unit that I really like because the available curved arms make a nice fit against the curved roof of a 4104.  However, I have discovered that it is no match for protruding Stop signs when taking right turns to sharply.  Don't ask how I know this.
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« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2008, 06:12:26 PM »

we have a 24ft a&e with a center brace.  also on all the other windows.  we use ours when we are doing a show and we like to sit outside also.  About $2400 installed.  i would not have camping world do it next time.

what curved arms??  ours are mounted right at the curve of the coach, but the arms are straight.  i think i would have preferred curved if i had known.

i like the looks of the zip dee much better, but i couldn't find anyone to get them from at the time i needed them.

for whoever mentioned wind problems, we sell a tie-down that fits the foot on most awnings so you can put the arm out straight down instead of back to the side of the coach so you don't hit your head.  the tie-downs won't pull out before the awning rips.  we kept ours out and down in a wind just shy of a tornado force just because i did want to see how it held up.
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« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2008, 06:18:07 PM »

Sort of a side question here, how do awnings mount? Is there any prep work that should be done from inside before closing in the walls?

 
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« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2008, 06:22:42 PM »

Hi Dave,

I have the 24' x 10' A&E LA03 lateral arm awning and I absolutely love it!  Worth every dollar too!

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« Reply #10 on: October 30, 2008, 06:31:40 PM »

Awning curve...   Not the best shots, but I think you can see a bit of the curve at the top.
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« Reply #11 on: October 30, 2008, 06:51:06 PM »

The PO offered to give me an awning when I bought the bus but I declined. I think they look like hell on a bus and like JC I try to keep my exterior looking original. But the main thing that discouraged me was the number of different kinds of gadgets for sale to keep them secured. That alone told me they are a big pain.

I suppose they are worthwhile if you camp for extended times, but we are travelers and I don't want to mess with them.
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« Reply #12 on: October 30, 2008, 07:03:15 PM »

I have actually gotten a fair amount of use out of my awning. Having only a 35 ft coach and traveling with a family of five, then are times on rainy days where hanging out under the awning is the best place to get some peace.

Also, I only have a single 13.5K rooftop A/C unit.  I have noticed that extending the awning to shade the bus take a great deal of heat load off of the A/C.  On some days, extending the awning is the difference between being comfortable inside or sweltering.
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« Reply #13 on: October 30, 2008, 07:41:44 PM »

We used el-cheapo A&E 21' and have been quite happy with it.  The straight arms worked for me.  The awnings are 5 years old and look and work perfectly. 
I'll try to post a pix....sometimes this works and sometimes it don't!   Wink
These things are Camping World specials. 
The awning is a must-have for us.  We use it as a picking room for musicians.  Love the awnings.  The window awnings make cooling the bus easier too. 
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« Reply #14 on: October 30, 2008, 07:54:30 PM »

May I add that when mounting an awning on an MCI, pay attention to your bay doors.  My RH rear bay door can only be opened 1/3 when the awning's extended.  Not a problem since the rear bay serves as the utility department.  Nothing in there that needs attention...typically.
You'll want to have access to your bays that are used as storage.  FWIW... 
If you want to see a rolled pix, I've probably got one.  Let me know.  When folded, it lays just above the windows, and clears the side molding by 1/2".  Ain't gonna get better than that. 
Now if you got Nick's bucks...his very nice awning doesn't have this 'arm' problem... Wink

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« Reply #15 on: October 31, 2008, 05:53:07 AM »

I decided for the type of camping I do that I didn't want an awning.  We usually travel long distances nearly non-stop and then stay at one location for four to six days.  I bought one of those 10x20 canopies that has a metal frame and poly tarp for $50 at Pep Boys last Christmas.  We set that up and it works real good.  We don't camp at regular campground and everybody has these so nobody complains about it.

I had a regular awning on my travel trailer and it sucked.  It was always hard to get the locks to release and one time the lock would engage so we used a plastic tie to keep it closed.
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« Reply #16 on: October 31, 2008, 06:22:39 AM »

Sort of a side question here, how do awnings mount? Is there any prep work that should be done from inside before closing in the walls?

 

 I carefully planned the layout of my awning during construction, the bottoms of my arms are at the build line or inside floor level. I installed 2X6 where the bottom of arms would mount. After doing this some people said they used plate aluminum instead. The top channel is mounted to the drip rail.  This is on a 5C with an 8 inch roof raise which requires the shortest arms A&E makes.

 My A&E awning stayed open for the better part of 5 years and looked great!!  Until I parked under an evil tree in FL which quickly trashed it. Then the next tree dropped a branch which put a hole in it!!!! Unless there is a hurricane coming my awning is always open.

 The Zip Dee arms can be heated and bent to fit the contour of the coach if necessary.   HTH Jim
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« Reply #17 on: October 31, 2008, 07:01:19 AM »

Depends on what type awning you are wanting lateral arm automatic are nice ,I have Girard on mine the problem with the automatic I don't know about the A&E but Girard and Zipdee need a 120v supply to work properly and will not stand a great amount of wind.Grant is right about parts being expensive for the auto type.I have seen lots of damage to the auto type in Vegas where the wind comes up to fast for the awning to close.Mine was ripped off because I turned the power off and went to eat what turned out to be a $2700.00 lunch.   

Every Blue Bird I have owned over the years has had Zipdee from the factory with curved arms, for manual type awning they cost more but for easy operation they are #1 in my book and you install what people call the head knocker rails you don't have any arms in your way to swing and tie down for a manual type Zipdee is the way to go plus they do not rattle when under way and if locked will not unroll like some you see on the road side in a high wind area    have a great day
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« Reply #18 on: October 31, 2008, 06:10:53 PM »

I have a 1975 MC8.  I want a motorized awnig.  I live in Raleigh, NC.  Where can I go that can sell and install on a MC8?  Approximately how much would a awning cost installed?  I really need some guidance.  A local RV store is tryinf to charge me $4200 for a 21' awning plus installation costs.  They said they would have to bend aluminum plate to mount to the curve in the roof of the MC8.   Help please!
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« Reply #19 on: October 31, 2008, 06:19:21 PM »

IF the $4200 is for a Girard or Zipdee lateral arm awning that is about the right price I don't know what a A&E will cost, if it is for a motorized with the arms on the side it's that's to much cash   have a great day
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« Reply #20 on: November 01, 2008, 06:26:02 AM »

I've only had one awning and it came with my bus, so i'll pass along my 2 sints Wink

Mine is manual, top clip mounted to drip rail,
lower brackets outside the bay doors
        can disconnect to use in "carport mode" and stake legs to ground.

        i like to sit outside in the rain, learned about leaning it the   
hardway and filled up the awning and stretched it, now it gets water inside and turns black
       i like not hitting my head on the raill when attached to bus


If i was doing it now:
- figure out a way to get it over the door
- get the cover, or the material right at the bus that is always exposed to the elements to be made of metal/alluminum.

find Oddeseys web page and check out his awnings and streamlined end caps, mounted on top of bus and no side arms
if you splurge on automatic, the mrs. can put it up(sheel feel more independent Wink)

Ross had a pretty good set up too, powered, no down legs to hit head on, mounts to side of bus.

good luck and let us know how it turns out
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« Reply #21 on: November 01, 2008, 06:54:33 AM »

Depends on what type awning you are wanting lateral arm automatic are nice ,I have Girard on mine the problem with the automatic I don't know about the A&E but Girard and Zipdee need a 120v supply to work properly and will not stand a great amount of wind.Grant is right about parts being expensive for the auto type.I have seen lots of damage to the auto type in Vegas where the wind comes up to fast for the awning to close.Mine was ripped off because I turned the power off and went to eat what turned out to be a $2700.00 lunch.   

Every Blue Bird I have owned over the years has had Zipdee from the factory with curved arms, for manual type awning they cost more but for easy operation they are #1 in my book and you install what people call the head knocker rails you don't have any arms in your way to swing and tie down for a manual type Zipdee is the way to go plus they do not rattle when under way and if locked will not unroll like some you see on the road side in a high wind area    have a great day

The A&E is also 120v but, has more coated cables the Girard or ZipDee. 4 per arm to be exact. And a solid state wind and rain sensor.
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« Reply #22 on: November 01, 2008, 10:32:49 AM »

I had an awning on my first motorhome and would set it out each time we camped.  It was sometimes useful and sometimes a nuisance due to wind.  I once hit a leaning telephone pole with it while parking, and also had to be careful that it would drain properly in a sudden storm.  I would retract it if we were going away for more than an hour or so if I thought that the weather might change.  I never got around to installing one on the last bus and did not seem to miss it.  We do not have one on this bus yet either, have not really camped all that much, but have not missed it yet.  I may get a nice beach umbrella.  Come to think of it, the thing I really did like about the awning on the motorhome was that it protected the doorway from the rain.  However, even if I install one, it will not do that on the bus.
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« Reply #23 on: November 01, 2008, 08:50:23 PM »

Lin,

I also got one of those canopies like Belfert described. I haven't used it yet but it is there in the baggage comp if I need it. Quick and cheap.

I don't think it is tall enough to cover the bus door but some extensions could probably be fabricated from tubing without too much work.
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« Reply #24 on: November 22, 2008, 05:39:43 PM »

Has anyone had any experience with this awning??



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I was just wondering I kind of liked the arms not being in the way.

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« Reply #25 on: November 22, 2008, 07:42:39 PM »

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 We have the carefree in the travler series 21' with the steep pitch arms, the eclipse wasn't available with steep pitch arms, the steep pitch makes the arms shorter so they don't come down the side of the coach as far and the rain does'nt puddle on the awning. This was our first year with it and we love it so far and no trouble's. Jason
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« Reply #26 on: November 22, 2008, 07:59:12 PM »

I don't believe those have a wind or rain sensor would not be a good awning for a windy or rainy climates,holding the switch to close or open you may be short on time.  have a great evening
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« Reply #27 on: November 22, 2008, 08:11:55 PM »

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 I talked to several other people that had the rain & wind sensors and they didn't like them, they said the awnings were going in and out all the time with just a little wind change, so they don't use the sensors and the one man said he was on his 3rd sensor and very expensive to replace. we never had any problems if you are not sure of the weather put in at nite or before you go away. better safe then sorry plus you can stay inside and just push a button in or out. Jason
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« Reply #28 on: November 23, 2008, 06:35:21 AM »

Jason;any of the electric or automatic awnings are going to give you trouble sooner or later.I have Girard on my bus and they are a problem now and then if i didn't have the Girard on my bus and installing  new awnings I would buy the Zip Dee manuals with the rail slide where the arms are out of the way.I do like the idea that your awning is operated by 12 v and not 110 v like most of the automatic or electric. have a great day
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« Reply #29 on: November 23, 2008, 09:21:35 AM »

I have a A&E on my 06, one man operation, love it
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« Reply #30 on: November 23, 2008, 09:28:56 AM »

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