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Posted: 02/19/05 11:42am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Does anyone have any opinions (pro or con) regarding having an awning on the rear of a truck camper? Is it an install I can do myself (easily)? Any recommended brands?


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It would help if you could post a picture of the back of your camper. I think rear awnings are really a nice addition. We use ours more than the side awnings. As far as installation, they vary depending on your configuration. The space between the top of the door and the roof can be a factor, as well as location of the rear ladder, the position of the door left to right, and wether or not the camper was manufactured with some type of backing plate for mounting. Crankout and rollout awnings (Colorado Brand) are the ones I am most familiar with. Both are used, but the the rollout style is easier to adapt on many rear applications usually because of problems with door height and lack of mounting space above the door. If you have a ladder that rolls over the top of the roof, it may stop you from covering the entire rear width unless you modify the ladder. If the door is too close to the ladder, either awning may not cover enough over the door to be worth the trouble with the amount of offset you would need to clear the ladder. A picture would be helpful.


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Ours came installed by the manufacturer, but doesn't seem that it would be that difficult to install. I like it mainly for the rain protection it affords the entry door (when only the screen door is closed). Ours is a "Carefree of Colorado" brand "Carefree TRUCKIN'AWN" model on the back.

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Ours came installed by the manufacturer, but doesn't seem that it would be that difficult to install. I like it mainly for the rain protection it affords the entry door (when only the screen door is closed). Ours is a "Carefree of Colorado" brand "Carefree TRUCKIN'AWN" model on the back.

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I too have the Truckenawn. It came on the rig. When unfurled it does a fine job of protecting he entryway. BUT, I think the set up is seriously MICKEY MOUSE as well as the take down. It is not something I can do in a hurry if I need to move out. I will replace it with a box awning when I have some money.


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Only advice I'd give you is to get a crank out one. My previous camper had rollout (Carefree) that I never could quite figure out. Hardly ever used it because it was such a pain to get adjusted to clear the door.


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Ours came installed from the manufacture, we like it. Have you checked Camping World? They sell and install them.


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Ours came with a roll out one from Carefree Colorado. Works like a champ keeps our bicycles dry and us at the same time. I think there are some pics of it in our links.

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There is a picture of the aft awning on our camper in our link. It is the last pic in the Feb 2005 catagory, follow the link bellow.
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I echo the same sentiments from a previous poster (name escapes me now) - I use it occassionally, but it's a bit tricky in that I have to extend it out to the maximum position as that's the only position that clears the door. Ours was installed by the manufacturer; by no fault of them, most rear awnings will most likely result in the same situation... Others can confirm/deny this generalization.

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