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As everyone knows, if you put a dark object and a white object out in the burning hot Florida sun, the dark object will be MUCH hotter than the white object. At some point in the genius of things, Carefree and other manufacturers' awnings are installed 'dark side up, white side down'. Sorry, but this seems dumb for 3 solid reasons:

1) dark side up means the bottom of the awning becomes an infrared radiator, so you swelter in the shade. Dumb.

2) white side down only means that it gets stained, and many stains never can be removed, so you're sitting under something ugly. And hot.

3) Once rolled out, the "decorative" side is only visible from an airplane, and when rolled up mostly invisible.

So ... is it possible to take the awning off, and install upside down? White side up to reflect the heat and get all ugly where you can't see it? And decorative side down giving you a sense of an attractive environment?

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“Once rolled out, the "decorative" side is only visible from an airplane, and when rolled up mostly invisible.” I disagree. Most are visible unrolled. Five years on current awning...no stains, no super precautions.


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Posted: 08/07/20 11:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don't know about all awnings, but it wouldn't work on mine due to the way the holder rod (for lack of a better term) is sewn in on the roller side of the awning.


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Order white on white, when it's dirty flip it over.


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Posted: 08/07/20 12:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Replaced a slide out cover a few years back and it didn't matter which side was up. Of course, both sides were white.


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Posted: 08/07/20 01:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes, you can install it upside down. [emoticon]


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don't think you can do it if you have the metal cover type. If not the little flappy thing that blows in the wind on the outside of the unrolled awning will be on the inside rolled between the awning and roller but it should work inside out.


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Cut that little flappy thing off if needed [emoticon].


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Posted: 08/08/20 08:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Awnings aren't that expensive unless your having them installed - if it were me I would just buy a white awning.


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