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Old 06-25-2014, 06:14 PM   #1
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New Carefree awning on my pup

When I bought my Jayco 1207, the support poles were all missing. Rather than replace all that, I opted for the Carefree of Colorado Campout. For me, the 3.5 meter (11.5 feet) was the correct length. I contacted a half dozen distributors, but the colors they had in stock were not very nice in my opinion See "vinyl denim stripes" here: http://www.carefreeofcolorado.com/carefree/products?action=Fabric&tab=Patio.

I liked the newer vinyl options, specifically their "Shale Fades" (not much of a stripe person). I had to special order it, which cost me a few more bucks, but I am very happy with the end result. Hats off to Hanna Trailer, outside of Milwaukee (hannarv.com). I had to drive up from the Chicago suburbs, but it was worth it. Stopped by a buddy's lake cottage and did the install in just a few minutes.

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Yes, you can angle it for rain water runoff:
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Bagged and ready to head home:
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Looks nice and I like the color! Make sure you tie the outboard end down to the ground with some earth anchors/ratchet straps or it'll be flipped over the top of your trailer with the right gust of wind.
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You got it shining now....looks good
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Looks nice and I like the color! Make sure you tie the outboard end down to the ground with some earth anchors/ratchet straps or it'll be flipped over the top of your trailer with the right gust of wind.
Thanks mcfarmall. I think this would be hard to flip over the trailer since the supports attach to the trailer, and are not "carport" legs (though it can be used that way according to the manual). I did, however, buy anchors and ratchet straps before I ordered the awning. The ones I purchased were the spiral kind that screw into the ground... such as you might leash a dog to. Will those be sufficient?
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Thanks mcfarmall. I think this would be hard to flip over the trailer since the supports attach to the trailer, and are not "carport" legs (though it can be used that way according to the manual). I did, however, buy anchors and ratchet straps before I ordered the awning. The ones I purchased were the spiral kind that screw into the ground... such as you might leash a dog to. Will those be sufficient?
I've not used the ones that look like corkscrews...I use the ones that have a 1/2" diameter shank and a piece of auger flighting on the end.

There have been a couple of times when I've seen un-anchored roll up awnings with the big beefmaster supports get caught by a sudden gust and the arms get ripped off the side of the RV where they are attached at the bottom. A strong gust could exert 20lbs per square foot or higher...that's 1600 lbs on an 8'x10' awning.
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Thats what I need. How much do they cost now...
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Thats what I need. How much do they cost now...
The small ones (12" or so) were <$7 when I bought them at Menards. I carry a 16" long piece of 1/2" stainless steel with pointed end that I drive in the ground to make a pilot hole, then use the rod as a wrench through the eye to screw them into the soil. The same process is used for my tiki torch poles, they just drop into the pilot holes perfectly and I don't damage them trying to push them in the ground.
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The small ones (12" or so) were <$7 when I bought them at Menards. I carry a 16" long piece of 1/2" stainless steel with pointed end that I drive in the ground to make a pilot hole, then use the rod as a wrench through the eye to screw them into the soil. The same process is used for my tiki torch poles, they just drop into the pilot holes perfectly and I don't damage them trying to push them in the ground.
What kind of soil are you typically driving those into? I have a sand anchor for my boat that is like an auger, and I often get hung up on on rocks... which is why I went for these cork screw types. Perhaps I should reconsider.
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Try the corkscrews and see how they work. They might be just fine for your application. Here in Michigan I typically use them in soils ranging from blow sand to clay and everything in between. I have camped in a few places that have laid down crushed rock as a camping pad and the anchors are useless.
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