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« on: May 21, 2010, 07:48:24 AM »

Okay, so my wife and I are out for our first weekend in our newly acquired 2004 Fleetwood Tacoma. Trying to put the awning up when the bag stitching rips out of the rubber seal on the roof (I guess it rotted). Anyone have any suggestions as to the best place to order a new one, or should I just try to get it re-stitched?
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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2010, 07:58:50 AM »

I hate OEM awnings. Here are the two we have used, and both are outstanding. We used a Fiamma on our 8' Starcraft, and I like it the best. They did not make one long enough for our Niagara, and if they did, it probably would have overload our roof capacity with the A/C and solar panels. Not sure if Fiamma has expanded their line.

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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2010, 08:39:09 AM »

we bought ours used with the same issue - the bag had already come down. I bought the "bead" (plastic insert that goes in the C-channel) from our Fleetwood/Coleman dealer and went to an auto upholstery shop. About $60 total spent. The bag, zipper, poles and awning were all fine - it was just the bag attaching to the roof.

I understand there may be better options, but this was easiest & cheapest for me.
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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2010, 10:11:30 AM »

I hate OEM awnings. Here are the two we have used, and both are outstanding. We used a Fiamma on our 8' Starcraft, and I like it the best. They did not make one long enough for our Niagara, and if they did, it probably would have overload our roof capacity with the A/C and solar panels. Not sure if Fiamma has expanded their line.

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Great stuff, Nick. Too bad those Fiammas are so pricey!
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« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2010, 10:27:29 AM »

I just have them restitched.  It's quick, easy and cheap.

Stubble; I actually had one of the Fiamma's and intended to put it on my camper.  It was a CL score for $80.  But it was so heavy at 11' long, that even the tech guys at Starcraft said it might damage the roof.  I was really disappointed not to be able to use it.......man, what a nice awning.
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« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2010, 12:05:35 PM »

Okay, so my wife and I are out for our first weekend in our newly acquired 2004 Fleetwood Tacoma. Trying to put the awning up when the bag stitching rips out of the rubber seal on the roof (I guess it rotted). Anyone have any suggestions as to the best place to order a new one, or should I just try to get it re-stitched?
If the material is rotten, I wouldn't bother restitching it because it will just tear again.

If you live in the greater Los Angeles area, I have an original Coleman awning and bag (in good shape) that you can have. All of the aluminum framing is all bent up but it would be easily transferable.

If that's not an option, a lot of us have purchased a new awning from this eBay seller:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/A-E-TRIM-LINE-11-GRAY-AWNING-CAMPER-POP-UP-PICKUP-/140409502381?cmd=ViewItem&pt=Motors_RV_Trailer_Camper_Parts_Accessories&hash=item20b10efaad

I can't say enough good about the seller and the awning is far superior to the Coleman factory awning (which is a piece of junk).

For $225-$250, you can't go wrong.

BTW 11' is the proper awning length for your 12' roof.
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