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Old 06-15-2014, 04:48 PM   #1
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Busted Awning Bracket

Was backing into my backyard pad trailer canopy yesterday when I messed up. I was too close to the canopy’s front post, passenger side, and my trailer’s rear awning arm kissed the post. It was just enough to bust the awning’s cast aluminum lower bracket. Ouch!

Went immediately to the Carefree owner manual looking for a replacement part. None there, but on page 9 were listed publications available on line. Downloaded the Patio Awning Service Manual and searched its 14 pages. (Or is it 16 pages according to Adobe Reader?—just try printing individual pages.)

So now, can I order Bottom Bracket, part R009355, direct from Carefree of Colorado? Their website had no link that I could find. But, they did link to their dealers, where parts could be ordered.

It was the weekend, I am irritated enough and impatient to boot. I decided to do it myself. Here’s the results.
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Old 06-15-2014, 05:56 PM   #2
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ouch, perhaps you can upload the manual here for others?
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Old 06-15-2014, 06:11 PM   #3
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Just tried uploading that PDF file of the Carefree service manual. Got message the file was too big, upload failed.

But anyone can simply go to the Carefree of Colorado - Recreational Vehicle Awnings website and download from there.
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Old 06-21-2014, 03:43 PM   #4
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For what it's worth: Found two ebay sellers, one had the bracket for $18.95 + $11.50 shipping, the other was offering two brackets, for $23.00 Plus $11 shipping. When Rocky Mountain RV (they're local) emailed me back saying they had the bracket in stock I drove right down and paid $20 + sales tax, for one bracket.

All that was then necessary was to file the carriage bolt holes square. Badda bing!
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Old 06-21-2014, 04:42 PM   #5
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Good job Myron! Its nice to know that a lot of the smaller vulnerable to loss/damage exterior parts on our trailers are low cost almost commoditized items common to the vast North America RV industry.. just need to poke around a bit and sometimes even be surprised what's available at fair prices from our local bricks & mortar (and local business tax paying) stores. Of course its very beneficial to be very handy with tools for the installation ;-)
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Myron,
You could have TIG welded it.
Remove bracket from trailer.
Grind off powder coating and V out the crack.
Weld.
Grind weld.
Drill holes round and file square for CC bolt.
Prime.
Paint.
Bolt back on trailer.
Shouldn't take more than 4 hours at $50.00.
Supplies $10.00.
TIG machine $3800.00.
$25.00 to buy a bracket doesn't sound too bad, but you didn't have any fun!
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Russ, you forgot... the experience "priceless." Swear words.. FREE.
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Can't believe my ears
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Myron,
You could have TIG welded it.
Remove bracket from trailer.
Grind off powder coating and V out the crack.
Weld.
Grind weld.
Drill holes round and file square for CC bolt.
Prime.
Paint.
Bolt back on trailer.
Shouldn't take more than 4 hours at $50.00.
Supplies $10.00.
TIG machine $3800.00.
$25.00 to buy a bracket doesn't sound too bad, but you didn't have any fun!
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Don't forget it should be X Rayed or at least zyglo / dye penetration checked as well as hardness check should only cost you $125.00 bucks at a good testing place. LOL oh btw hope like hell it is not heat treated as that would have to be accomplished again no idea on price on that lol

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Need to add enlarging the pad and canopy to avoid this happening again.....................
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