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Old 05-13-2012, 11:03 PM   #15
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Thank you! Fingers crossed that I can get it hung right.
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Old 05-14-2012, 11:50 AM   #16
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Thank you! Fingers crossed that I can get it hung right.
For those who want to know: I called the help line at 3m for the application of of their VHB tape. For my application, she said no. 5952 would be what I want. The tech said the rule was for each pound you need four square inches of seam tape. So the idea of a series of three bolts would not be enough coverage. The awning rail would be for my six feet wide and four feet deep awning based on my estimate of the weight - even factoring in the wind hitting it....although not serious storm. So I called around for local dealers and they did not have it in stock. I only need six feet and they sell only full packages. Expensive! I'm searching for an industry that uses it to see if they would sell me six feet. If you know of a place....
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:02 PM   #17
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Thanks for the heads up. I'm thinking of putting a awning on my 13' Boler and was wonding how I would do it without the screw holes. When you say expensive! How expensive?
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It varied, but over $100 for one roll. That is 36 yards. I did see one on amazon this morning for 3mtm 5952 black 3/4"x15 yards 45 mil for $36.41. I'm not sure if the additional tm makes a difference. I assume it just means trademark. That would be more reasonable.
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Old 05-15-2012, 04:06 PM   #19
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Sue,

I would think if you had leftover yards you might be able to work something out with other people, for example at the Oregon Gathering in July. I would buy a chunk of it. I too was looking at the Amazon site.

Be sure to report back here and let us know how the installation goes. If I ever got the nerve to put that on my trailer I would have to use something temp first. Otherwise I would likely place it too low and the door wouldn't clear!

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I would think if you had leftover yards you might be able to work something out with other people, for example at the Oregon Gathering in July. I would buy a chunk of it. I too was looking at the Amazon site.

Be sure to report back here and let us know how the installation goes. If I ever got the nerve to put that on my trailer I would have to use something temp first. Otherwise I would likely place it too low and the door wouldn't clear!

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I know. It sounds like a removal of an error would be awful. Very scary. I'm constructing a stand alone structure for the awning today to see if that could be an option.
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I know. It sounds like a removal of an error would be awful. Very scary. I'm constructing a stand alone structure for the awning today to see if that could be an option.
Well, the stand alone is not going to work for me. Rats. It either glue or holes.
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Old 05-16-2012, 04:25 PM   #22
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String chalk line reel to get straight. Any home building supply would have them or a hardware store. Less than $10 typically. Small hand held box with wind up handle for string inside. Box has colored chalk dust in it, you pull string out end of box dusted with chalk and stretch string in tight straight line. Hold against surface to be marked and "snap" the line, leaves a colored chalk line dusted on the surface that is "string straight".

Best when used between two measured marks and easier to do with two people. But have taped one end of string before to snap line solo.
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So how do you know the 2 ends are perfectly straight/level before you snap the line? A laser level or something? There is some sort of contraption for hanging pix straight, wonder if that would work.
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So how do you know the 2 ends are perfectly straight/level before you snap the line? A laser level or something? There is some sort of contraption for hanging pix straight, wonder if that would work.
String will make straight line if it's tight (tight string is always straight) but level or square is a horse of a different color. Your trailer must be level front to back to get any level line on the side.

Those pix straight contraptions use a laser light to give a straight line but have to be positioned level. Some have a bubble level in them but not all. The others assume you did a level line and will position the laser line on your short existing line and the laser light will extend it. Not sure how well they would work on the curved surface of some FGRV's.

I use a bubble level (3 or 4ft long) to make a couple of marks that are level then hold the string on one mark and have wife holding other end of string tight move string back and forth just above the surface until it's over the second mark. Then have her push her end to the surface. And snap.

If the line made hits both marks made with level then whole line is level. Of course trailer itself would have to be level when you made your marks for the string to follow.

On a scamp you might measure up from the belly band at two points about 3 ft apart and make two marks to guide the string. Or some other feature that runs in a straight line. Like the middle seam on the roof of some FGRV's.

You are really interested in having the canopy appear level so once you have your chalk line stand back and look at it in relation to door and windows etc. Don't like how it looks? Wash it off with a rag and try again.

You could even consider measuring up from the top of a window to get two marks. If canopy line visually matches the top of the window line and the window lines up visually with the the top line of the door , then it would all look level.
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Eyeball it, then mark two points and snap a line.

Walk around and look at it for while. If you don't like it, figure out which end point should be higher or lower and by how much and do it again.

Repeat as needed.

When you are finished the project will be perfect no matter what anyone says because you did it yourself.
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Getting it straight is scary, but I'm thinking erasable marker. I'm another of those people that never hangs stuff once - so I'd better be positive! I've found a couple of local places that sell the tape so I'm hoping to get someone who has used it.

I made the awning, so thank you! Thank goodness for seam rippers! I sew like I hang stuff. (Sew,rip,sew,rip) <_<
I'm not sure if was on this site, or Scampers Yahoo site, but somebody used 3M VHB to attach a solar panel to the roof of their trailer. Last report it was still there.
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Really not much different than DW having me hang a picture, she stands back and says "little higher on the left" so I push it up a bit on the left. What my bubble level has to say about "true" level has nothing to do with how it looks to her.
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I can say " wish you were here" and really, really mean it! I'm going to order the vhb tape from amazon tonight. If it'll hold a solar panel it should hold an awning rail.
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