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Old 03-07-2018, 04:13 PM   #1
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Default 2011 19RSD Awning replacement/Wall construction

So the Carefree awning hardware on my 2011 Visa 19rsd is literally falling apart. After checking my options i decided the most economical solution would be to replace it and upgrade to Lipper Solera electric awning and it is a relatively simple operation. The only problem is old awning is attached right above awning rail and new one have to be attached right below the awning rail and screws must be driven in to a framing or a backer. After several calls, leaving messages, writing emails and weeks of waiting i got my call returned. Of course Pam at Gulf Stream Customer (don't)Care won't give an information if there is any backer within the structure of the wall nor send the wall blueprint. HELP. Is there any way to find if there is any backer below the awning rail or to get appropriate blueprints???
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Old 03-10-2018, 03:55 PM   #2
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19RSD is laminated, right? These are made up of an exterior panel, a thin piece of ply, foam insulation, another thin piece of ply, and the interior wall, with aluminum framing.

The aluminum framing members would not be regularly occurring like a wood frame is. The aluminum verticals would primarily be on either side of openings for door, windows, and in the middle of large expanses of empty wall.

That said, laminated walls are quite strong, so it might not be necessary to have backer.... Strong enough? I don't know.
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