My awning had been stuck in the closed position for a long time (retract/extend lever wouldn't budge), but a recent trip to the desert made me break out the hammer and vice grips to get it extended. Once it came down, I knew it probably wasn't going to go back in without a fight.
Sunday morning came, and I got it halfway retracted, then it froze. No amount of pushing/pulling/beating from 3 people could get it to retract, so out came the Makita and razor, and off went the whole awning. The top track is still on the trailer, but the rest is sitting in a pile.
So now I need a new/used awning for a 27' trailer.
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Apple Valley, CA
2005 Tahoe Transport 27 FW WTB
2003 Chevy 1500HD
A search on Ebay and Craigslist over several months might lead to a used awning that is also the proper length. One of the problems is the lengths all vary. Meaure your awing from one arm to the other to figure out the size you need.
I remember being at Quartzsite a couple of years ago and seeing a 40 foot van trailer full of awnings stacked to the roof. I asked the dealer about getting one of the awnings in the trailer as I thought they were new. He said they were the ones they replaced and they were all going to the dump.
Keith, thank you for the info.. I'll check both websites for possible replacements.
Travelin, yes I have the tube and arms, but am weighing whether replacing the whole unit would be easier than trying to piece togther the old unit. And Hulk Hogan'ing it would have been more like tying a rope from the awning to my buddies rhino, and saying "pin it and turn around in about 300 feet". Standing hungover in the hot windy dusty desert, i'd say that using a razor and ratchet was almost surgical, compared to what I felt like doing. lol.
check out waltsrvsurplus.com , they have all kinds of great parts, great prices, not new, either surplus, or salvaged parts, and yes, they've got awnings! and they're located in rialto. totally worth the drive from your place!! good luck!