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RanchRider*5
Posted 2011-03-11 11:39 PM (#131549)
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I am seeking information on the best place to find an awning for my horse trailer.  What is your favorite brand?  what options are a must?  Thanks for your time.
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hogtownboss
Posted 2011-03-12 12:20 AM (#131554 - in reply to #131549)
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Originally written by RanchRider*5 on 2011-03-11 11:39 PM

I am seeking information on the best place to find an awning for my horse trailer.  What is your favorite brand?  what options are a must?  Thanks for your time.

If you can install it yourself then ebay is the best way to go.  Mine is a A&E brand and is the original style that takes a few mins. to set up but can be used on windy days with no issues.  We have owned trailers with the 2 step system which makes for faster set up but can NOT be used with any wind at all!  So in my personal opinion with have trailers with both types of awnings I will only use the original style in case we are riding and the wind picks up I do not have to worry about it.  The one I have now is a 14' and it take me about 2 mins. to set it up by myself.

Also try and buy one with the alum. weather guard installed.  I am having to replace our fabric this year because the birds are pecking the fabric.  If we had the guard on it I would not be replacing it.

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d2allen
Posted 2011-03-12 7:49 PM (#131572 - in reply to #131549)
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Good question. I'm thinking of getting an awning on my soon to be trailer (still shopping). Someone told me the A & E 2 step awning was preferred because it is (1) easy to put up, and (2) the support brackets are up high and out of the way so you don't bang your head on them. I would like to see a photo of the old style and how the brackets are set. If it's windy or your going to be away from the trailer for any length of time, wouldn't you roll the awning up anyway?d2allen
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hogtownboss
Posted 2011-03-12 10:26 PM (#131580 - in reply to #131572)
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Originally written by d2allen on 2011-03-12 7:49 PM
 If it's windy or your going to be away from the trailer for any length of time, wouldn't you roll the awning up anyway?d2allen

WHY?????  We do alot of weekend trail stuff, 2 day shooting matches, etc.  So when we get to where we are going and plan on staying for the day or weekend and want some shade the awning will be used!  Unless we are in HIGH winds, otherwise it will be out until we pack up to go home.  When we had the 2 step mess we could not even use it in really light wind conditions, it would bounce all over the place.  Look on ebay and type in RV awnings and you will see some pictures of both.  Plus the 2 step system is higher priced!  As far as head banging, we don't walk that close to the trailer when we are walking around so it has not been an issue.  Something else that worked great for us was the portable panels I made, when it is really hot after a trail ride or shoot I set my panels up under the awning for shade for the horses and do not have to worry about the awning moving bouncing around to spook the horses.

Everyone will have an opinion about both and a opinion on what works for them, but this works great for us.....If I had it to do again or was just now adding a awning I would buy a longer one to cover more ground.  Also on the 2 step style the longer the awning the more it is going to bounce around when you are using it.

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RanchRider*5
Posted 2011-03-12 10:43 PM (#131581 - in reply to #131549)
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Thanks so much for the replies!  I have looked at the A&E and they looked pretty good, just wanted some advise from those who have used them. 
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genebob
Posted 2011-03-13 1:05 PM (#131594 - in reply to #131549)
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What we have done with our awning to keep it secure is to use the screw -in dog tie outs under the outer corners of the awning. Then secured 1" ratcheting tiedown straps between the tie-dons and the spring roller of the awning. This way you don't have to worry about that occasional gust of wind or storm that comes out of nowhere while gone. Last year we were sleeping when a storm came up. Quite a few awnings in the campground were flipped over or torn, but ours stayed nicely in place.
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whisper237
Posted 2011-03-14 2:50 PM (#131642 - in reply to #131549)
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have you thought of trying a rv camper salvage or scratch and dent place. The place I know of has a 16' awning and hardware for $399 for the manual version if you install it yourself. And they said they just need my trailer measurements to get me the correct size.
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rattler
Posted 2011-03-17 9:24 PM (#131793 - in reply to #131549)
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This thread interests me as I need to add a 15-16ft awning, I think. Seems that most people are either hot or cold on awnings. I've got a friend who has one that has been nothing but trouble(old style A&E) yet another swears by his(A&E 2 step). I'm all for ease of setup but I don't want to be miles away when a storm blows in and wondering if my awning is still attached. Somewhere I read they now make motorized versions that sense motion and will automatically close during wind events....anyone have one of those?

 

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doughbelly
Posted 2011-03-18 7:00 AM (#131804 - in reply to #131549)
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We use a 2 step and have never had a problem with mild winds. If there is any chance of harder gust we do like genebob does and tie it down.  Winds get to a certain point its not going to matter which type you have and I can get the 2 step up in a hurry while others are fighting with the support brackets.

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wyndancer
Posted 2011-03-18 7:44 AM (#131805 - in reply to #131793)
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Originally written by rattler on 2011-03-17 9:24 PM

This thread interests me as I need to add a 15-16ft awning, I think. Seems that most people are either hot or cold on awnings. I've got a friend who has one that has been nothing but trouble(old style A&E) yet another swears by his(A&E 2 step). I'm all for ease of setup but I don't want to be miles away when a storm blows in and wondering if my awning is still attached. Somewhere I read they now make motorized versions that sense motion and will automatically close during wind events....anyone have one of those?

 

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You got the money...somebody has what you're looking for. Dometic has a unit that has wind sensors...set to a certain level, bingo...awning retracts all by itself. Mine? It's a Two Step....it does really well in the wind. What caused the most damage was when I was loading hay up the side and the retract lever got moved....it unrolled going down the highway. I saved it from disaster. I think the tiny pin that holds the retract mechanism to the arm got damaged during that, as a couple months later I had it open on a calm day. Went to put it up and one end popped out and fell to the ground. It's really a poorly made piece of equipment for what you pay.
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classygirl98
Posted 2011-03-18 8:30 PM (#131836 - in reply to #131549)
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We have the electric one with the sensors on our trailer. It is very nice to get out and put up, but I still don't trust the sensors although they work, I still put it back up in high winds. One rv tech told me that nothing is hundred percent foolproof. Just don't want to take the chance of it getting ruined.
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Mira
Posted 2011-03-19 2:32 PM (#131853 - in reply to #131549)
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We have the A&E two step love it ! Would get another one but two steps are hard to find would like one on the other side of the trailer! Will look on eBay .Mira
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ponytammy
Posted 2011-03-19 4:09 PM (#131854 - in reply to #131549)
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We have a 18 foot Carefree of Colorado awning. It has been trouuble free for 6 years, but because of the size and weight I cannot put it up very well by myself. I usually find a MAN at a horse camp that will help me put it up.

I have bumped my head a few times on the rails. :) The rails though make a great place to dry out saddle pads and sport boots!

I use 5 gallon buckets with some gravel/rocks from the camping area and water and then tie the awning down with a ratchet awning tie-down system. Most of the places we camp are too rocky to use the screw in achors. Last May at Big Creek a 50MPH plus wind gust came up out of nowhere and several people lost their awnings. We were not able to get our awning up but ours held with the help of the awning tie system. The guy next to us had a two-step awning and it flew up and over his trailer. Damaged the skin on the trailer too.

I would like to have a two step awning so I can use put it up and down easier, but until the one we have wears out I'll just keep using what we have.

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Rockinghorserun
Posted 2011-03-20 8:50 PM (#131898 - in reply to #131549)
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I have a 16' Carefree of Colorado and can put it up or take it down in 2 minutes.  I will put mine up if we go riding and no one is at camp.  I have seen too many (and had to climb on roof for friends awning) flipped over while out riding that I don't take a chance.  They are great for shade or rain but if someone's not there then it goes up. 

Check with RV dealers on the awnings.  I have seen some used ones at the parts stores. Also campgrounds (3 season) will have them where people took them off to upgrade to the solid sunrooms.  I live near the ocean and we have campgrounds all over.  A friend who has a campsite told me they store them under the trailers when they replace them because they can't throw them in the dumpsters anymore.  Perfectly good awnings from new trailers in the dirt.  Go figure!!

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brushycreekranch
Posted 2011-03-21 7:17 AM (#131908 - in reply to #131549)
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I just love the push button awnings! You can get them installed at any Camping World.
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johndglynn
Posted 2011-03-23 9:55 PM (#132033 - in reply to #131854)
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Originally written by ponytammy on 2011-03-19 4:09 PM

We have a 18 foot Carefree of Colorado awning. It has been trouuble free for 6 years, but because of the size and weight I cannot put it up very well by myself. I usually find a MAN at a horse camp that will help me put it up.

I have bumped my head a few times on the rails. :) The rails though make a great place to dry out saddle pads and sport boots!

I use 5 gallon buckets with some gravel/rocks from the camping area and water and then tie the awning down with a ratchet awning tie-down system. Most of the places we camp are too rocky to use the screw in achors. Last May at Big Creek a 50MPH plus wind gust came up out of nowhere and several people lost their awnings. We were not able to get our awning up but ours held with the help of the awning tie system. The guy next to us had a two-step awning and it flew up and over his trailer. Damaged the skin on the trailer too.

I would like to have a two step awning so I can use put it up and down easier, but until the one we have wears out I'll just keep using what we have.



that's difficult. Anyway have this retractable tie down from Bull Accessories. With this i cant find any difficulty in fitting it to my bed rails and its easy to construct.



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WVbarrelracer06
Posted 2011-03-24 8:45 AM (#132044 - in reply to #131549)
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how hard is it to add the push button to a awining
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