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Old 05-05-2016, 11:15 AM   #15
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...use. a hand held grinder or a course file and sand down the ridges until your flush with the steel strip. This will make the channel lower than the VHB tape thickness. Now prep and attach.
Sounds good, my wife is using a grinder right now to take the channel down to nearly flush. We'll clean it up with a file afterwards

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I personally drilled the rail and through bolted where the rail bolts are hidden inside interior cabinets. Where fasteners fall in open areas I used pop rivets. I used Butyl tape between the shell and the c channel. There is a good write up on this site for installing a bag awning on a 13 foot trailer. I mostly followed those instructions.
Can anyone point me to the thread that shows how to do this?

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I too have an 8 foot awning on a shorter C channel. Don't trim it. It works just fine with over hanging ends.
I'd love to see pics of this. Our bag awning is made of relatively stiff vinyl, I'm not sure it would work the same.
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Old 05-05-2016, 11:33 AM   #16
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Maybe this one? Shademaker 8 foot Awning Install 13 Scamp
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Old 05-14-2016, 12:10 PM   #17
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I got mine from a camping world store. They had scrap pieces from the monsters they set up and I got about 11 feet for 8 bucks.
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Old 05-14-2016, 12:42 PM   #18
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I ended up grinding down the edge on the back, it was pretty easy, going to put it on with tape and see what happens. Even though it is May, the weather here is still cold and rainy most days, so we have not tried putting it on yet.
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Old 05-19-2016, 02:40 PM   #19
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as of today we've had the tape on the rail for 24 hours and will be going out and putting the rail on the camper later today.
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as of today we've had the tape on the rail for 24 hours and will be going out and putting the rail on the camper later today.
Is there a reason for the 24 hour wait? Sorry I have not read the instructions.
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as of today we've had the tape on the rail for 24 hours and will be going out and putting the rail on the camper later today.
If you are using a 3M VHB product, the directions specifically state to wait 72 hours to attain a full cure before applying a load to the tape. This is so important I have those instructions printed on the back of my business card.

Any earlier and the strength will be less. I believe at 48 hours it is only up to 50%.
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... Sorry I have not read the instructions.
A sure road to failure (esp when using VHB tape).. but at least we can now declare you a real man. lol
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