Adding An Awning Rail - Fiberglass RV


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Old 04-06-2015, 11:00 AM   #1
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Adding An Awning Rail

I read on here one time somebody adding an rope and pole awning rail to there fiberglass egg. After putting Butyl Tape on the rail and putting it against the fiberglass it seemed to me he only put a rivet in every third hole. is this correct and why not put a rivet in every hole of the rail?
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I have installed 3 rails over the years and put a rivet in every hole.
Some will tell you to bolt it on.
DON"T!!!
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Old 04-06-2015, 01:45 PM   #3
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I used 3/16" Bulb (blind) rivets and like John, every hole.
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Old 04-06-2015, 04:18 PM   #4
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I need to look into this... Where do I get this? The rail and the awning.
How about pros and cons of this kind of awning over the Fiamma awning now offered by SCAMP.
This would be for a 13 ft SCAMP... although I am looking into ordering the Fiamma awning... I have to say it looks HUGE attached to the roof of a 13 footer!
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Old 04-07-2015, 12:52 PM   #5
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Other than the inside of the bolt showing Perry, what is the reason you wouldn't want to bolt it in?
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Old 04-07-2015, 01:36 PM   #6
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Ralph; we saw a Scamp 13 with the rollup awning and it did look kind of big on the trailer, but probably the best option if price is not a factor. Otherwise it's install the rail and use a rope & pole awning or a bag awning. We tried the R & P, then went to a bag awning for about $200
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Other than the inside of the bolt showing Perry, what is the reason you wouldn't want to bolt it in?
I have a 1985 13 foot Burro and it is a double wall construction, so if you used a bolt, you would be pulling the inside wall and the outside wall to each other. Not a good ideal.
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I will be the first to say I have a lot to learn on making my own awning but here is how it turned out.
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I have a 1985 13 foot Burro and it is a double wall construction, so if you used a bolt, you would be pulling the inside wall and the outside wall to each other. Not a good ideal.
Yes. That would make sense with two layers. Didn't know some fg trailers were double walled! I replaced the majority of my rivets with bolts and acorn nuts inside.
And I would say your awning looks pretty good!!
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Other than the inside of the bolt showing Perry, what is the reason you wouldn't want to bolt it in?
I just sold an 83 Scamp that I had refurbished.
It had a 10' awning rail on it that had been installed with butyl tape under the rail and then bolted on.
Almost every bolt had leaked and rust stained the wall covering.
It was an unsightly mess.
I ended up cleaning the mess up as well as I could and then installed seam tape over the interior length of the rail to cover the mess.

Rivets are aluminum which doesn't rust and are self sealing.

I replaced every rivet in the Scamp because there were no caps or cap bases on them.
There was not one rivet leak in the trailer.

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