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Old 12-18-2002, 01:41 PM   #1
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Awning sugestions?

While my query about the window leaks floats out there in ram land, I have another question. I really want to add an awning to my 86. For several reasons, one with stakes and poles to the ground isn't going to work. What are my options?
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Old 12-18-2002, 02:02 PM   #2
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Awning options

Lanny, New Casitas use the A&E Horizon (Dometic), which is a nice awning. Not sure if it would be too heavy to put on an '86. (Seems like you could make it work, with proper backing plates/blocks on the inside to reinforce the mounting.)

You may have already found this old thread about adding an awning (or not, as the consensus seemed to be!)

I'm sure others will chime in about the weight/reinforcement issue and using the Horizon awning on an older Casita - but since you've completely redone your trailer, I'm thinking you can manage to provide adequate support for it.
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Old 12-18-2002, 03:19 PM   #3
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Lightweight awning

There are awnings for tent trailers that would work well on a fiberglass trailer. They unroll from a bag that hangs on the awning track. The legs can either go to the ground or back to brakets on the side of the trailer. You can also add a screen room to them.
Go to the www.campingworld.com
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Old 12-18-2002, 04:52 PM   #4
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A&E Horizon (Dometic),

My Bigfoot uses the same manufacture also. I would lean towards them. :)
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Old 01-07-2003, 03:19 PM   #5
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awnings from Lex

After looking at some of Lex's pictures, I noticed all the awnings. How can we, here in the Americas, get awnings like that?

The url : http://www.hio.ft.hanze.nl/mele/ng/english.htm
I was looking at Spring 2002? I think.
Maybe Lex can be so kind and use his Camera to take the setting up process so we will know the guts of his awning. Course all his pictures are great, especally the sunsets/sunups.
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Old 01-07-2003, 04:03 PM   #6
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Maybe Lex can be so kind and use his Camera to take the setting up process so we will know the guts of his awning. Course all his pictures are great, especally the sunsets/sunups.
I will look for pictures.
First in words:
attached to the caravan body is an awning rail.
the cross section of the rail has a C shape.
on the awning is a 'rope' that fits in the C.
The rope attached to the awning is pulled through the rail.
Now the awning is attached to the caravan and the tent can be set up.
Is this understandable?

Isabella is a well known (Danish) awning maker.
On this web page you can click to download a pdf-document with erection instructions
http://www.isabella.net/uk/service/erectio...ructions/1.html

Will that be sufficient?
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Old 01-07-2003, 05:16 PM   #7
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I guessed about the C channel. what I don't understand is the poles. when you have your awning up, the guide lines are very close so they are more for up and down pull then into the trailer and out, which is what most I've seen use the guide lines for. -in and out.- so the question would be how do the poles stay where they are in relation to the trailer? is there another pole toward the trailer? I thought I saw one, but it could have been a seam. and if there is how is it attached? I hope this makes sense?
I'll go check out that site now. thanks
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Old 01-07-2003, 07:18 PM   #8
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found something

this was on that site, Lex. They answer my question. I didn't know they made things like this.

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3e1b7c09db7b9fixonii1a1a1.jpg/>
<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3e1b7c2b514abfixoni1a1a1a1.jpg/>

I like your awning the best and the dome one second. the ones from that site are too much for me. (by the way, are you the one in the pink cap? :) )
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Old 01-08-2003, 04:28 AM   #9
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I didn't know they made things like this.
That's a rather new system. The still most used system is 3 'eyes' attached to the body in which the ends of the (horizontal) poles fit.
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I like your awning the best and the dome one second. the ones from that site are too much for me.
Here some photo's of canopy types.

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3e1bf9dfeac26luifels1.jpg/>
<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3e1bfa55d7475luifels2a.jpg/> <img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3e1bfa6bb800aluifels2b.jpg/> <img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3e1bfa7f14d71luifels2c.jpg/>

The first one is a shift canopy, the vertical part is left or right.
The second one is a roof canopy.
These 2 are set with 3 vertical poles only.
The latter 3 are set with a frame which consists of 3 vertical poles, 2 horizontal front poles, 3 horizontal cross poles (from front to body).

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(by the way, are you the one in the pink cap? :) )
I'm afraid: yes. :)
That's my 'Giro d'Italia' cap.
In Europe speed cycling is very popular. Every country has its own tour. So does Italy. The leader of the tour is dressed in pink.
In 2002 the 'Tour of Italy' started in Groningen (The Netherlands). That is where we live.
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awning setup

Thanks Lex, I like the Panorama one. keeps the side view but blocks the wind and rain. I don't think we have those over here, but I haven't looked. most people here don't like having to put the awning in the railing every time they setup, but I don't think that would bother me. I might just have to make my own. :) I did something similar on my old aluminum trailer. put some U shaped pieces on the trailer and would bolt the cross poles there, then add end poles and connecting poles, just like yours. I made a tarp to stretch over the top, never thought about the sides. BUT this trailer is fiberglass, I don't know if I want to rivet a U shape on it. have to think about it. sorry, I have a tendency to think out loud, It seems clearer when I do that.
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Homemade awnings

I've been playing with designs for cobbling up an awning for my Bigfoot 11.5 slide-in, which made me think of a great source for supplies & materials. Anyone wanting to do-it-theyself might want to check www.sailrite.com. They're an outfit in Indiana that supplys boaters and boatbuilders with such stuff as awning materials with anti-UV coatings, snap fasteners of all sorts, fibreglas stiffeners for awning hems, screening mesh, and like that. They'll even sell you a 12v heavy duty sewing machine to take on the road, which might make a great little portable business for a lifestyler. Drawing on my past life as a cruising sailor, I can think of numerous geegaws made for yachts that would do very well in a camper. Some of these things get a bit pricey, but if you want quality, e.g. stuff made of stainless steel rather than pot metal, marine quality is a good way to go.
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Indeed, there are a LOT of parallels between the cruising boat world and the RV world, and the boat world stuf is generally more real world-pruf!

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