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Old 07-10-2013, 02:40 PM   #15
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We also were thinking about installing a bag awning instead of this rope & pole awning. George Lauver was great with some information as to how he put one on his Uhaul, and I appreciate the time he took to answer my questions. After some debate we decided to go with the rope & pole for now, but the bag awning may have been just as good a choice, if not better. We'll see how this one works out, maybe try a bag awning later as the price is about the same. A few years ago I did install a bag awning on our daughters popup camper, and we are very happy with it. I particularly like the rafters that extend out from the camper and that all the parts fold and roll up into the bag. We were just a little concerned about that weight on the uhaul roof and possible flapping while traveling, but most likely it wouldn't be an issue. I was also concerned about alignment of the ball & socket part of the rafters on the bag awning due to the curve of the roof, but George says he had no problem there. Another reason I did a test piece with the awning rail was to see if the rivets would have any effect on the fiberglass when they were set. No problem with the test piece. Because the Uhaul has an inner shell I couldn't get at the rivets from inside the camper, if I could have I would have put a washer on the inside.
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Old 07-10-2013, 03:45 PM   #16
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Congradulations Bob & Mary, it's pretty.
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Old 07-10-2013, 04:07 PM   #17
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The awning looks Great! I also have had some similar issues with my awning and rain. I was thinking about a pole in the center when it rains... the tennis ball is a great idea!
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Old 07-10-2013, 07:14 PM   #18
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I raise the center pole up, and slightly drop the two side poles. Door does not hit awning. It does brush under the side skirt when I open the door out against the camper. But I might have installed my rail a bit higher than yours is.
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Old 07-10-2013, 09:05 PM   #19
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Pam; sounds like your rail is higher. Our door just clears the awning if we don't have much pitch on it. I installed the new rail where on was previously, and that height allows us to get the awning on without using a ladder.
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Old 09-08-2013, 12:32 PM   #20
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I appreciate all the information about U-haul and awnings- I have a CT 13 and one of Marti's awning- I'm petrified to put holes in my CT13 to attach the rail.

How high over the door do you put the rail? Also, if I use butyl tape 20 lb can I put a rivet through the rail/tape/uhaul? what size rivet

And of course I've just bought a rivet gun and have NO experience- really don't want to screw this up
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Old 09-08-2013, 04:16 PM   #21
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Lynne, sent you a PM, thought I already posted so, but don't see that message
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Old 09-08-2013, 05:53 PM   #22
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I used butyl and then put rivets every 3rd hole. Its been on there for 2 years (maybe 3) and held up in some pretty strong winds. The first hole you drill is the most 'mentally painful' to do.

Here's a picture of my awning deployed this past weekend at Algonac
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Old 03-31-2015, 06:41 AM   #23
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I made this awning (Sunbrella fabric) about a year ago and I used it…. "a little"…. last year in my travels but I found I would always be concerned with the awning puddling up and holding water every time it rained. And running outside every so often to push the water out when it rained kept me much too captive when there were other things to do and see... So yesterday, I sewed in some small pockets on each corner, along with a center tie to hold 2 lengths of carbon fiber collapsible poles (from my old tent) and my problem is solved! After setting it up yesterday I see the poles are about 2 inches too long so I'll adjust them today.
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Looks great, love it.
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I made this awning (Sunbrella fabric) about a year ago and I used it…. "a little"…. last year in my travels but I found I would always be concerned with the awning puddling up and holding water every time it rained. And running outside every so often to push the water out when it rained kept me much too captive when there were other things to do and see... So yesterday, I sewed in some small pockets on each corner, along with a center tie to hold 2 lengths of carbon fiber collapsible poles (from my old tent) and my problem is solved! After setting it up yesterday I see the poles are about 2 inches too long so I'll adjust them today.
You mean something like this?

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Old 03-31-2015, 07:17 PM   #26
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Yes....that's it exactly. If you've posted this previously, on here....I cannot thank you enough for sharing your knowledge. I originally saw a post on one of the columns here on fiberglassrv and had it in the back of my mind to work on it come spring. Again, thanks if you posted this previously...
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Yep, I'm the one . And thank you.
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Old 04-01-2015, 05:36 AM   #28
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I have to say, I would never be so bold working on my baby without this forum....Thank you Gage, this idea is priceless.
And a big thank you to all the rest who contribute and share their ideas.
Now if I could only get the mechanical side of me to be interested in nuts, bolts and grease!
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