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Old 03-05-2019, 02:07 PM   #1
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Is It Possible To Increase Awning Width?

Hello to All:

Got back from a 19-day trip to Daytona and Atlanta for camping and NASCAR races and while I clamped on tarps on the sides and front of my 9-foot wide Dometic awning giving me enough dry space for myself, I was looking at possibly moving the awning arms on both ends outward and having a new 10-1/2 foot wide awning installed to provide even more dry area coverage.


Granted, going from only 9-foot to 10-1/2 feet (the arm closest to the door on my TT can move about eight inches toward the front of the trailer and the arm closest to the rear of the TT can be moved about 12-13 inches back) may not sound like a lot of additional coverage, but, with tarps in place, it would give me enough space to comfortably sit three persons in lawn chairs so that we wouldn't get wet.

I'm guessing that any holes left by moving both arms could be easily "silicone" and patched up so no leaks could occur.

Just curious if anyone has done this kind of improvement before? Any idea on the overall cost of replacing an awning for a larger one (9-feet to 10-1/2 feet)?

Semi-relatedly, I noticed that there is about 3-5 inches of space between the arms and the awning fabric itself. Is there any reason why an awning couldn't end just a couple of inches inside each arm?

Thanks in advance for any and all advice!

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Old 03-05-2019, 02:13 PM   #2
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May not have support in the walls that would hold it in place.
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Old 03-05-2019, 02:44 PM   #3
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That may be....

I thought about that as well, lewisra. I guess I may call Forest River and ask them if whatever the current arms are bolted into extends equally along the bottom and top on both ends.....
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Old 03-05-2019, 03:01 PM   #4
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Those arms are reinforced for support inside the walls.
I will not try it, on the other hand awnings are really expensive.
If it was me i would buy a 12'X12' canopy....(a good one).
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Sometimes never seems to be enough awning coverage. We set up a 12x12 canopy so you can walk from awning area to pop up and stay dry or out of the sun. Might work for you as well.
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Old 03-05-2019, 03:09 PM   #6
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There are supports either welded, or bolted, inside the wall frames to support the awning. I'd definitely check with FR before trying to add a longer awning. The other option is to come thru the wall and put a support plate on the inside of the wall. My DW would not even like me doing that one...
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Thanks, Rookiewood--much like lewisra, this is a good point.

I do have a couple of gazebos, cabanas, whatever one wants to call them but when its just me, I don't necessarily want to put them up.

Oh well, 'twas a thought....
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Old 03-05-2019, 03:22 PM   #8
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Yeah, I agree Cabinfever97. When I go to Watkins Glen every August for the week and racing, I do end up putting up both my cabanas and covering them and my TT awning with a HUGE tarp, all clamped down. It does give the 10-12 of us definite coverage, cuz' it ALWAYS rains at some point during the week at The Glen!


And, even though I'm on my own RedLdr1, I think I will tell myself that I wouldn't want me to be adding in support plates 'where they ain't'! :-)
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You can purchase instant up canopies for about a hundred bucks. It will save you a lot of money and work.
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Thanks, jtesta1--that may be exactly what I end up doing too! :-)
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