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Old 12-19-2013, 03:16 PM   #1
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Center Awning Support

Has anyone added a center awning support for their 351? I have noticed that the awning is beginning to sag a little in the middle when rolled up. This also causes the awning to sag in the middle when out as well. When I go in to have some warrenty work done next week, I plan to have them install a center awning support. This will support the awning when traveling by holding up some weight and will support the awning once extended by pushing it out. I figure a $200 (part and labor) investment is better than $1000+ for a new awning. These awnings are long and it seems like it would be a good idea.
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Old 12-19-2013, 03:57 PM   #2
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The awning on my trailer is 15 feet do you think a center support is needed, I am not sure.
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Old 12-19-2013, 05:47 PM   #3
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I installed the center support on my old Jayco TT. They give detailed instructions and if you have a ladder, a punch, drill and drill bit, you can do the job in about 1/2 hour and 1/2 beer and have plenty of $$ left over for dinner with the wife. Oh yes, don't forget the silicone for the wood screw. It's perty easy and something the novice should be able to master.
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I installed the center support on my old Jayco TT. They give detailed instructions and if you have a ladder, a punch, drill and drill bit, you can do the job in about 1/2 hour and 1/2 beer and have plenty of $$ left over for dinner with the wife. Oh yes, don't forget the silicone for the wood screw. It's perty easy and something the novice should be able to master.
How long is the awning on the Jayco?
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If...I remember correctly, it was 18 ft. The awning was sagging in the middle prompting me to take action. I got the part from CW and from what I recall it was cheap....even better on sale with free shipping.
Here's our old TT. You can barely make out the position of the awning cradle(support) over the tall window near the door.

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If...I remember correctly, it was 18 ft. The awning was sagging in the middle prompting me to take action. I got the part from CW and from what I recall it was cheap....even better on sale with free shipping.
Here's our old TT.
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That would be a LONG awning.
I have not seen my sag but prevention is the cure.
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Hey, when the weather warms up or you have it inside, go for it.
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You might want to try one of these to take the bow out and keep it out. MX57 (*Single unit) - MX57
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I would not expect much problems with a 15ft awning sagging. Just keep an eye on it.

Here is the awning support I am considering...
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Old 12-20-2013, 08:12 AM   #10
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The awning on my 5th wheel is 21ft. I added the center support for the same reason and its recommended for awnings 16ft and longer. It literally took me 5 minutes to install and the support was about $35.
$200 sounds very steep. If you can use a drill and screw gun you can do it and save yourself some $$
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