Awning/Add-a-Room Fix - Fiberglass RV

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Old 05-07-2007, 07:39 PM   #1
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Trailer: 1987 Bigfoot 20 ft 5th Wheel and 1995 Bigfoot 2500 Shortbox Truck Camper and 1972 Compact Jr ('CJ') and 1974 Boler ('BB')
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Hi all,

Out of all the major, complicated things we have done to fiberglass trailers, something as simple as how to drain water off the awning (besides the obvious of lowering tent poles in the front) is causing some grief.

First some history....we purchased an add-a-room from a fellow camper at the 2006 Prairie Bolerama. It just so happened he bought one off ebay and they sent him two. He had the add-a-room set up on his Bigfoot and it was something that we thought would work for our Trill.

We already had the awning for our trailer and knew it was bigger than normal. This was still going to work fine as you have an overhang as you enter into the space. The rigging of the aluminum supports was easy enough and with a bit of modication to the upper sides of the room, it hangs fine (as per picture). Snaps were added around the front aluminum bar to help in stability.

I just recently purchased a Boler with an awning/add-a-room which is one solid piece. So the issue is when standing in the room and the water is pooling on the awning, when instinct tells you to poke the awning to make the water run off, it runs off the edges and pours into the add-a-room space, not outside the space.

We purchased an additional flexible tent pole with the idea to just support the middle. My thinking is that the water will pool on both sides so that won't be of any help at all. Nolan's idea is to put an additional two poles in and make a slight curve.

Making supports for all these extra poles just sounds like way too much work for what it's worth and way more stuff to carry along.

Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Old 05-08-2007, 02:54 AM   #2
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It appears that the roof of the add-a-room is flat - you need a little slant. My suggestion would be to shorten the front poles just a bit so that water will run off. And I would think anything that big needs a center support.
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