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Old 02-08-2010, 01:22 AM   #1
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Is a 10x10 awning too big for a 13 foot boler? My last homemade awning of that size was a failure b/c the fabric i chose was too heavy. The tarp pole/peg system couldnt hold it. Now i have a lightweight, waterproof, polyester of some type, possibly sunbrella (It is an old gazebo cover that my neighbor was throwing away) It is secured to the awning rail with a string of tent poles that fit into a rod pocket i had sewn in the edge. My concern is how to best secure the outside corners. I have the tarp poles, but have never liked having to stand them all up and peg them in place. I'm thinking about rigging up a support system of small pipes instead. Does anyone have any thoughts on or experience with this? I'd really like to make the 10x10work b/c i have a set of screen walls that size. thanks a lot
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Old 02-08-2010, 05:50 AM   #2
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Hi: cyndi H... If I remember the smallest awning from Vintage Trailer Supply would fit our 13' Boler awning rail with just an 1 1/2" overhang on each end. I would have used the widest one 9' I think but if you look HERE you can see the sizes. Measure the length of the awning rail on your trailer...If you have one already on it!!!
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Old 02-08-2010, 07:03 AM   #3
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Cyndi, James Brannen posted a really neat DIY awning. Perhaps something in the topic will help answer your questions: Re-posting Inexpensive Awning DIY
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Old 02-08-2010, 10:49 AM   #4
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We thought long and hard about an awning and decided on using a Pop up instead . They are less than $100. Last a Good while , on our 4th season. They are Portable , and you can put them were ever they are needed. There draw back is storage, if you are tight on space when transiting.
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Old 02-08-2010, 01:36 PM   #5
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Cyndi, James Brannen posted a really neat DIY awning. Perhaps something in the topic will help answer your questions: Re-posting Inexpensive Awning DIY
Thanks for refreshing my memory with that. I'd looked at it before but i am hesitant to attach anything to the shell. It does look the most stable and practical though, much more than those stupid poles and ropes. I wonder if PVC pipe poles would hold up a 10x10? I cant see why not. I may have to drill, but will do it as last resort. Maybe the flag pole holders can be staked to the ground alongside the bottom of the trailer and the pole edge could rest against the rim along the bottom of the shell? If they are staked securely they may be ground attached as strong as being screwed in to the trailer. I will post pics of the final answer
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Old 02-08-2010, 01:45 PM   #6
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We thought long and hard about an awning and decided on using a Pop up instead . They are less than $100. Last a Good while , on our 4th season. They are Portable , and you can put them were ever they are needed. There draw back is storage, if you are tight on space when transiting.
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Thanks for that. I bought a pop up last year but it was way too cheap looking to use. Nice lightweight aluminum frame but shiny brown tarp top. I still have it though and will try and re-use the pole support system on my 'new' gazebo awning. (which is tan and brown too btw- I am planning on seeing if it can be dyed or specialty painted later as it does not look ideal with a yellow trailer.) Who knows, by the time i get it done the way i want it i may not care about color anymore. i'm digging out the poles today!
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Old 02-08-2010, 07:41 PM   #7
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Here is an 8X10 awning being set up on our 13 ft Boler. Three upright poles across the front with three tension poles as roof rafters and poles supporting the front edge. The screen is cut from a 10X10 screen room. I added a 1/4x1 1/2 inch bolt at each corner to support the horizontal poles and the centre one is held under tension with a rubber foot from a chair leg against the trailer. Hope that you can make sense of this.
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Here is an 8X10 awning being set up on our 13 ft Boler. Three upright poles across the front with three tension poles as roof rafters and poles supporting the front edge. The screen is cut from a 10X10 screen room. I added a 1/4x1 1/2 inch bolt at each corner to support the horizontal poles and the centre one is held under tension with a rubber foot from a chair leg against the trailer. Hope that you can make sense of this.
That's what i'm going for! Do the roof supports run the length of the trailer or the other way? What are they made of? Tent poles? thanks
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Three ridge poles running from the trailer to the verticle tent poles and smaller poles supporting the front edge. I made each of the three ridge poles from two interconnecting sections of aluminum and a length of expandable curtain rod to give it some tension. The tie downs are ratchet straps connected to those twist in dog anchors with a heavy duty spring attached. This allowes some movement in windy condition and speedy adjustment.
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