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Old 09-02-2013, 07:50 PM   #1
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Awning "sunblockers" advice

I'm looking for some opinions on the Carefree Sunblockers. How is the quality? What size (2013 390BH) would you recommend for the most coverage? Are they easy to add to the awning?

If someone knows of a better product that I can use with the factory Carefree awning, I'm all ears.

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Old 09-02-2013, 08:15 PM   #2
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I don't have one of these yet. So I can't give hands on opinion, but from what I have read these are really good. They have a zipper so you can leave the top portion on the awning when retracting.

http://www.sunpromfg.net/RV-Awning-Drapes-s/1.htm
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:27 PM   #3
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Awning sunshade

Just an idea of what we used for one of these. My wife sewed up one from some material used for outdoor furniture which is mildew resistant semi see through material which had a minimal cost to make it. Used a vinyl clothesline as the insert and wrapped the material around to slide in the tube. Worked fine on the manual awning but we just upgraded to one with a Solera electric awning and used it twice...the first night we left the shade in place and rolled it up with the awning and it worked fine...second day...in the heat of the day tried to roll it up again and the motor wouldn't pull it in at all so we removed it and in came the awning no problem. Think I will mode my attachment method with awning light hangers to hang the shade from them for easier removal just have to install some grommets and will use S hooks to hang it and leave the light shade hangers in place.
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Old 09-02-2013, 09:23 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info. The zippered option seems workable with the auto awning.

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Old 09-02-2013, 09:50 PM   #5
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Old 09-02-2013, 09:53 PM   #6
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unless you had after market support poles for the electric awning, the weight of the sunblocker screens would be too great. You will tear something up.
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I had a 6'drop made by carefree. I didn't want to mess with the zipper and Carefree said to go no more that 6' and take it off when I store it in the winter. It has been on for a year now and works great. I turn off the wind sensor and stake it out with bungee cords. Gives lots of room and no issues with the awning. I also bought the side shade and hate it.
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IMO, sun blockers should not be added to the Dometic power awnings without some sort of support poles for the awning tube. The arms are just not designed for the added weight even if the adjustable arms could be tightened enough to prevent slipping (which I was not able to do with the knobs).
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Old 09-03-2013, 09:20 AM   #9
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IMO, sun blockers should not be added to the Dometic power awnings without some sort of support poles for the awning tube. The arms are just not designed for the added weight even if the adjustable arms could be tightened enough to prevent slipping (which I was not able to do with the knobs).

I totally agree with you on the weight issue. I was sitting under my awning while it was raining and all at once one side dipped down and dumped the water off.... as I was told it is supposed to do.
imo, adding such weight on the awning canvas and support arms is asking for big trouble. Now, the question is, where to go for good quality after market awning support poles?
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Even a strong wind applied on a Sunshade used on a (Non supported) Elect. Awning will bring it Down! We have talked about this for (3) years. The only ones (Not) listening is the (Factory)! Youroo!!
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