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Old 01-31-2014, 06:40 PM   #11
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Thanks a lot 5erDriver! I guess there's always a first time (scare) to drill in the fiberglass!
DW ok'd the purchase, we're heading tomorrow to camping world to get it.
(and they have a great sale too)
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Old 01-31-2014, 07:15 PM   #12
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I don't recommend leaving the electric awning out 24-7 all season long unless you have old coots poles as noted above.

That being said I had a non-electric canopy 19 on the old trailer with the center and side supports engaged and locked to the ground. Along came a strong wind, knocking the roof portion of the support (anti-sag) out of the hole in the roller tube and through the awning. Yup nice Big hole there! On the good side it was the search for a new awning that got me a knew Trailer instead!....Love that Ebay!

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Old 01-31-2014, 07:25 PM   #13
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Thanks for the tip on the poles and never thought of the center support cutting into the awning. I sent a note to OC about a set of poles.
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Old 01-31-2014, 07:38 PM   #14
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Greetings guys! if you don't mind me asking, was the center support easy to do?
mine is starting to sag already in the center. Thanks for your help!
Most of the F/R units are (Bonded Sides) very THIN skin.Also finding a Stud in the proper location for your support is not Guaranteed. I used a 6x6 stainless plate with (2) fasteners at the top,right under the drip rail,and two rivet fasteners on the bottom. I then mounted the (cradle support) to this plate. That assures a solid base for the cradle assy. Youroo!!
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Old 01-31-2014, 08:02 PM   #15
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Yes. Agreed. The cradle I got from camping world includes a steel backer plate if you wish to use it. It is Dometic
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Old 01-31-2014, 08:06 PM   #16
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Yeh. The Dometic cradle from CW comes with a metal backer plate and rivets if you choose to use it
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Old 01-31-2014, 08:40 PM   #17
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After reading this I think I'll get an awning support too!

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Old 01-31-2014, 08:43 PM   #18
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Great idea tumbleweed. I have had campers for 15 years and always installed on. The 21' awnings need the support. Plus, unfortunately they don't make em like they used to
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Old 02-01-2014, 08:48 PM   #19
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Went to Camping World today and bought one.
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Old 02-02-2014, 02:42 AM   #20
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Good luck w install tumbleweed. Should be fairly straight forward install for you. Feel free to send pics of your finished job.
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