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Old 11-22-2009, 03:47 PM   #1
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I have done some searching here, but haven't come across an answer to my specific question. Has anyone found a canopy (probably a picnic shelter type) that could be used to cover a 13' Boler for a season and also be used as an awning alternative while camping?

It seems that a 10x10 dining canopy of sufficient height might work, but I don't know if there are bars underneath the canopy that would be too low and hit the top of the trailer. We would have the trailer parked a few feet away from the side of the house, which would shelter it from most of the wind and we would devise something to either weigh down or attach the legs.

We're just trying to keep some of the water off and maybe give us a chance to repair some leaks during the rainy season (I found at least two more in the roof today).
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Old 11-22-2009, 03:57 PM   #2
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I've been thinking of doing that with one of the "cheap" (under $100) 10' x 10' First Ups from Wal-Mart.

There wouldn't be a lot of extra coverage front and rear (I have not taken vertical sticks to measure exactly), but it would cover the whole roof (top of roof is less than 10' long), and of course there would be extra on the sides. From what I can tell, the lowest edge of the canopy flap is about 6'3" off the ground, so the door should clear.

I think if I were going to set it up for a "winter" season, I would pound those green, flattish steel fence posts into the ground, and then hose clamp (or something) the legs of the First Up to them (or, maybe guy wires, or both).

I don't think there is anything under the top to hit the trailer, but I haven't completely checked it out yet.

This would be a relatively heavy awning to lug around for a 13-footer, so doubt I'd toss it in for just any trip (planning to make light awning for awning rail), but there might be times I would bring it along.

As a bonus, one could use pony clamps to attach a tarp to one or more sides while re-sealing windows, or etc.

Again, I haven't checked every angle yet, but I have been thinking pretty strongly about it.

Note that Wal-Mart currently shows the basic model as unavailable on their website. I called my local store and they have it. It's the beige one that was $88 all summer; now the person said it is $97.

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PS: Thanks for searching. It's always nice when folks do that before posting. I always feel a bit torn when someone asks a question to which I KNOW people have spent good time responding in the recent past, and wherein I know there were great nuggets of info. Then the debate is, try to write it all up again? Ask the person to search? It's great that you took the time to check
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Old 11-22-2009, 04:44 PM   #3
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How about this one?

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?...indingMethod=rr

It could lead a dual life as a trailer cover and a camping canopy/add-a-room. Seems to get good reviews. Just need to make sure about the height inside of it.
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Old 11-22-2009, 04:48 PM   #4
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I thought that one looked a lot less sturdy than a First Up. I also couldn't tell how low the canopy edges were.

But for me, I'm looking mostly for a sturdy shelter and while-I-work-on-the-trailer "shed," and only secondarily for a maybe-take-along item. I thought the First Up might stand up a bit better to small branches, acorns, longer-term exposure to UV, etc.

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Old 11-22-2009, 04:54 PM   #5
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This one is a bit more expensive, but it also gets very good reviews for sturdiness. And you can add screened or solid sides to it.

http://www.amazon.com/Swiss-Gear-10-Foot-S...ref=pd_sbs_sg_4



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I thought that one looked a lot less sturdy than a First Up. I also couldn't tell how low the canopy edges were.

But for me, I'm looking mostly for a sturdy shelter and while-I-work-on-the-trailer "shed," and only secondarily for a maybe-take-along item. I thought the First Up might stand up a bit better to small branches, acorns, longer-term exposure to UV, etc.

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Old 11-22-2009, 04:56 PM   #6
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Amy, I know what you're feeling with a leaking trailer and all the rain we are having here in the Pacific NorthWET... but, remember last year's snow??? Any of these cheaper canopies are liable to collapse under a snow load... and we got plenty of heavy wet snow last year. Not saying it's going to happen this year and GAD I hope it doesn't, just trying to be helpful.

On edit: if you choose not to get a canopy but still want to protect the trailer from rain, etc. overturn a bucket on the roof and tarp the trailer down. It doesn't help with working on the leaks, but at least it will protect it from both snow and rain until the weather improves.
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Old 11-22-2009, 04:57 PM   #7
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Having watched many EZ-ups and the like blow down at agility trials, I have to say, I don't think it would be sturdy enough. Even weighted down, the wind just mangles the shelters if it can't rip them out of the ground. Plus I don't think the clearance is there to get the trailer underneath. I have one in my very sheltered back yard to create a dry area for the dogs (I have two disabled dogs in carts) and even then I take the top off on windy days.

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Old 11-22-2009, 04:59 PM   #8
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True, true, I guess I should think about snow. But that was kind of 100-year-storm snow, right? (Right? Although it sure was fun for sledding in the street.) And we could always take it down if it seemed we were going to get that kind of build-up.


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Amy, I know what you're feeling with a leaking trailer and all the rain we are having here in the Pacific NorthWET... but, remember last year's snow??? Any of these cheaper canopies are liable to collapse under a snow load... and we got plenty of heavy wet snow last year. Not saying it's going to happen this year and GAD I hope it doesn't, just trying to be helpful.

On edit: if you choose not to get a canopy but still want to protect the trailer from rain, etc. overturn a bucket on the roof and tarp the trailer down. It doesn't help with working on the leaks, but at least it will protect it from both snow and rain until the weather improves.
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Old 11-22-2009, 05:02 PM   #9
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You're right, Bobbie,

I live in an extremely sheltered location, where we also don't typically get a lot of wind. And you're also right that one wouldn't just be able to back the trailer under; you'd kind of have to set up the First Up and then lift it over the trailer.

For me, I'm looking to spend minimum money in order to keep sun and pine needles off, and also to have a dry "workshop" while I remove and reseal windows, replace rivets, etc. Then I thought afterwards, if I can use it sometimes when camping, all the better. That's why I want to keep it under $100, and even then... not sure I'll go ahead with it.

However, Amy's situation may be different, and it is her thread

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Another problem with a cheap EZ Up is UV damage to the fabric. I think you may need two shelters. One that is portable and one like this.
http://www.acecanopy.com/carcanopy.html


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Old 11-22-2009, 05:07 PM   #11
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Oh, Amy, speaking of leaks, here is a really good temporary solution I have used. Definitely beats globbing on the caulk when you aren't in a situation to make a proper repair.

3M makes an "All Weather" tape. It's their tape #225. It's silver, and looks a little like duct tape, but it completely different. What it's meant to do is be used outside, and to stand up to reasonably long periods of time in place without either separating (duct tape), or turning to OMG:CONCRETE! (duct tape, blue tape).

I've seen many a boat owner cursing the blue or light green tape that they put on "just for a few days" and a few weeks later, they are taking it off inch-by-painful-inch.

In contrast, the 3M 225 works really well. I've kept it on certain things for quite a long while outdoors, and it still comes off when you want it to (you can test a piece every once in a while if you think you're in danger of going too long).

When one of my windows started leaking and it wasn't a good time for me to re-seal it, I simply cleaned off the area above the top of the window frame (where it was leaking), and made a "hood" with one long strip of the tape. Problem solved until I got a chance to fix it properly.

The tape isn't cheap, as tape goes, but well worth it in my book. I used the 2"

Maybe this will tide your Clementine over until you get things sealed up?
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Old 11-22-2009, 05:11 PM   #12
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How about attaching a heavy duty tarp/canvas to the side of your house (grommets/eye hooks) and angle it down to some poles on the other side of your trailer? Some guy lines off the poles should hold it taught. I have no idea about it surviving a PNW wet snowstorm though. I would use more than two poles, something like four poles to distribute the weight better.
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Old 11-22-2009, 05:14 PM   #13
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Amy, I share the concerns about the wind in the rain - UV is not really a problem in Seattle. A tarp would protect it from the rain (and snow). We went through the same decision process with our Casita, primarily to protect it from pitch and needles under the fir trees.

If you use a tarp, make sure you have ventilation so it does not turn into a greenhouse under it. We bought a Giant cover. I do not remember if they have one for the 13'. Ours was designed for 16-17'. We can get in and out with the cover on by dicking under. It will probably get in the way while you are working on it.

With any solution make sure that it is sloped or tight enough to not puddle from the rain and the snow. We had a huge puddle form behind our awning last winter, which then formed a 6' long chunk of ice.

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Old 11-22-2009, 05:14 PM   #14
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We have one of the 10x10 easy up canopies, with four sides that velcro on. One has a zipper to act as a door. We often bring it camping to set up a kitchen area. I will warn you that our 10 x 10 is measured from post to post at the bottom. The cover is only 8 x 8. For your purposes you probably would want the one with vertical legs, it is the a true 10x10.

It can be a cumbersome to pack, but the storage bag has wheels, I slide it under the table or in the bed of the truck. I would never leave it up in any type of wind, the aluminum frame twists very easy and will be destroyed (that's how I got an extra cover, and the sides). My brother in law left his up in the wind and is was twisted like a pretzel. He had staked the legs.

For winter storage I have been considering a fitted cover, not sure it will be water proof, but would help keep some of grime off. I have been searching for a fitted cover, and remember reading on this site that I should look for a horse trailer cover. The rationale was anything labeled RV would be more expensive. I have not been able to find one that was in my price range until yesterday. I have linked it below.

13 Scamp Storage cover

I haven't ordered so I can't give you any details.

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