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#1 brett13

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 11:36 PM

It seems the awning questions come up a lot- like every few months. I thought we could post all the relevant threads and info in one thread and maybe DD will make it a sticky. Here are the ones I found so far, listed by thread title. Post if you know of more and I'll edit this first entry.

What brand awning for eagle? by breathe deep
Discussion of Fiamma, ShadyBoy

Back Door Awning by DurangoSteve

Rear awning by BenG

Awning question by keith

Another Awning by BillM
"Simple awning on my 4Wheel"

Another Awning Option by Missing Link
Big Agnes Twin Butte Car Tarp review

Edited by brett13, 04 September 2010 - 09:09 PM.

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Posted 28 July 2010 - 12:08 AM

BTW, I've been stealthily working on an awning for the back of the camper. There doesn't seem to be one available that fits, so as others have done in the threads above, I'm making a custom one. My criteria are: light weight and stowable, easy to put up/take down, sturdy and allows water to roll off the roof onto the awning (not between the awning and roof so as to get wet anyway).

It is almost done, but I haven't tested it outdoors yet. I installed a clean, white plastic awning rail along the trim of the roof edge. Bought some "outdoor canvas" which was much cheaper than Sunbrella (<1/2 price) , but supposedly UV and water resistant. Took it to a drape maker and stitched in the welt (which slides into the awning rail), made sturdy seams all the way around, added a few grommets and a "rod pocket" across the edge opposite the camper. The "rod pocket", as the seamstress calls it, is there so you can put in a pole to make the leading edge rigid and eliminate extra guy lines and wind factors. (see if you can use "rod pocket", "pole" and "rigid" in a legitimate, clean sentence! :D )

So far, I have a custom awning for $150, not including the poles. Once I tweak mine, I can have these made in bulk for our members here (in other colors too). Here is a pic of it being tested in the garage (I didn't have all the poles when took this, so this isn't the finished deal- but close). I'll post more pics when I get the camper out in a few weeks.

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Posted 28 July 2010 - 07:26 AM

This is cool. I have been thinking about rear camper awnings for a while. This is nice. Hope you get it out for some field reports soon.

Will keep thinking and maybe do some planning as well.

thanks!

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Posted 29 July 2010 - 01:50 AM

I forgot to mention that the awning in the pics above is 8' x 6'. The poles are simple segmented aluminum tent poles, 8ft.
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Posted 08 August 2010 - 11:51 PM

ghetto, but effective... large tarp, tie downs, tent poles, tent stakes and some spare webbing. viola!

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 08:47 PM

Thanks Brett I amde this a sticky.
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#7 Dughlas Stiubhart

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 06:23 PM

I forgot to mention that the awning in the pics above is 8' x 6'. The poles are simple segmented aluminum tent poles, 8ft.


Looks good Brett. In the wind you may want poles to the ground with cord out to stakes but test yours out and see.

I use stakes and cords even on the side (factory) awning when the breeze kicks up. (For some reason I'm often out in the wind, rain, hail and snow!)

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Posted 14 August 2010 - 06:12 PM

I'm interested in getting input on the various methods / hardware people have used for attaching the "homemade" tarps to the roof of the camper. I've seen some comments about attaching eyebolts or small boat cleats along the drip rail that runs around the outside of the roof. What's the recommended screw size, material etc? The main concern is how to securely attach it to the camper so it's secure without damaging the camper. As for staking out the tarp, I've got experience with that piece of the set up.

I have a FWC factory installed awning but I will be heading out for an 8 day stay in an environment of heavy wind and very serious dust. The wind is manageable, as I can roll the awning up in needed. However, the bigger concern is the dust working it's way into every nook and cranny of the mechanism to wind it up. Would be a nightmare to clean out. So, I'd like to consider a tarp arrangement as an alternative for this trip.

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Posted 14 August 2010 - 07:53 PM

I will be heading out for an 8 day stay in an environment of heavy wind and very serious dust.


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Posted 14 August 2010 - 08:56 PM

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Excellent question..........
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