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Old 10-11-2015, 08:05 PM   #21
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Wow that is a bummer. Something else to look forward to on my new Pinnacle. On my TT dry camping for two months I took 2x4's and notched the top so the awning where the tube is sat on top and tied the awning to the support and ran a tie down into ground so all stayed tight. Did same for the other side but shorter so rain would run off. Had some pretty windy mountain storms and no problems. Will do the same on pinnacle
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Old 10-11-2015, 08:11 PM   #22
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Tough to do with the new style awnings. Short arms and high up on the slide of the coach. We had the same awning on the old coach for 10 yrs. And never even rolled it in until we were ready to move. Just let the arms all the way in against the side and lowered the roller as low as possible. Went through some major storms with no damage. Now the new remote control ones won't stand up to a 1/2" rain.....
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Old 10-11-2015, 08:22 PM   #23
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I have self storing aluminum telescoping awning poles on our Dometic 9100. Can't buy them anywhere, so I guess that doesn't help anybody else. Guess I'll post a picture at some point when I'm back home. Either way, they'll work on the taller fifth wheels as I had them on our last full time rig, and any other dometic outfit. I've seen similar on the Carefree, or at least the same concept. Once the awning is deployed, poles swing down, telescope down to ground, set pin, and upper bracket has hole to attach ratchet straps down to ground. A retired engineer used to build the poles and brackets and does so only for forum members (another forum). He quit making the poles now but still makes the bracket kits. I've had ours out in 30+ knot winds and it does well. Doesn't matter what tilt you put on the awning, they still work fine. Others have fabricated their own set up using anything from EMT conduit, PVC or telescoping painters poles. It's the brackets that bolt to the awning that are a little harder to make. Hopefully when I post a picture it's stir some ideas. I'm sure some have done similar, like Rock has.
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Old 10-11-2015, 08:31 PM   #24
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Here's a few pictures showing the upper and lower bracket in the stowed position. You can see the tab / hole on the upper bracket to accomodate the ratchet strap. When deployed, they are at just the right angle for the tie downs. These are a set of smaller aluminum tubing ones I put on another camper (Not ours). These poles aren't near the size I have on mine and don't have a large foot pad like mine do. Either way, they function the same. Usually the 2 poles are 6' and around 5', one sliding inside the other, so you get around 10' or so I think at one of the higher settings.
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Old 10-11-2015, 08:56 PM   #25
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A shame someone does not still make that. Mine was crude but did about the same. Only would use mine if somewhere for more than a few nights since took time to install. I see where some carefree will auto shut if windy. When I get my pinnacle I will see how to rig up something. On my TT I got away with 8 1/2 ft 2x4 but will have to see how low the new one is. Thanks for posting the pics
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Which model carefree awning came on your Pinnacle, was it the eclipse?
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Old 10-11-2015, 09:19 PM   #27
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I'll post more of mine in a few weeks when I get home. Might give some ideas. I'm not for sure, but I'm sure somebody with the carefree has come up with something similar. Just a matter of making some brackets. The 12' painters poles that collapse to around 6' are one of the more popular options. They take them and make more adjustment holes, add foot pads and paint them to match the rig or awning. In your case you might could fab a saddle for the upper portion out of 4" PVC pipe cut in half and bolt / secure to the upper pole. I'll have to look at a carefree arm and dig around to see if somebody has made a bracket yet.
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The awnings are Carefree. Ive been out in fairly good rain down falls with no problem. (knock wood)
Well over 1/2"
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For reference in the meantime, here's a link to the more popular painters poles being used and modified a little, along with a few pictures of them installed.
Wooster 6 ft.-12 ft. Sherlock Extension Pole-00R0560000 - The Home Depot


I realize the subject awning in this thread is carefree, but just throwing ideas out there that has prevented similar damage to even the dometics. The damage incurred is what sparked the retired engineer to start building these things, and he has sold 100's of them. Matter a fact he quit doing the poles as he just got overwhelmed with requests.
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