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Old 10-02-2017, 01:45 PM   #1
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Is there a inexpensive way to make an awning for a 13 foot camper

I am just wondering if anyone knows a way to make an inexpensive awning for a 13 foot eggshell camper. I am sure there are people out there that are much more creative than me that might know how to do this. Please let know.

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Old 10-02-2017, 02:08 PM   #2
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some friends use an easy-up awning (available at walmart as well as many other stores). another friend uses a patio umbrella (the kind that inserts into a round weight on the ground). pretty inexpensive and serve as shade on the door and fridge.
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Old 10-02-2017, 03:53 PM   #3
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Old 10-02-2017, 04:21 PM   #4
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We installed an awning rail, ordered a custom "rope & pole" type awning, didn't like it, sold it and bought a bag awning. Some people have made an awning out of a cheap tarp, sewed on the piece that slides into the rail, made or bought poles, and went with that.
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Old 10-02-2017, 04:37 PM   #5
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Ours is made from rip stop fabric with Velcro sewed on one edge. We use 6- 8" pieces of industrial Velcro stuck to the trailer. There are two telescoping poles with guys. The Velcro on the trailer lasts about 2 years. To remove I use Goo Gone, a hair dryer, a dull putty knife, and Acetone for the residue. Takes about 1/2 hour with no damage to the trailer. Cost less than $50 including the poles.
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rope and pole - no drilling - vhb tape is all.
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Old 10-02-2017, 08:13 PM   #7
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Start with a PVC extruded awning rail (VHB tape mount) or two or three:

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Then sew a covering to a an awning rope:

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Poke some corner holes for poles, get some poles, tiedown ropes, stakes, and you're all done........
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Old 10-03-2017, 09:19 AM   #8
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Yep, we're the Klampett's

We are the ones who use a cheap plastic tarp.

Our '78 Trillium 4500 came with an awning rail. I rebedded it to prevent any leaks.

Bought an elcheapo translucent polypropylene tarp that has brass eyes all the way around.

I used to have a sailboat and used some old sail slides mounted in the eyes on one side to slide into the awning track.

A couple of poles and guy ropes at the corners do the trick, and an extra pole to help keep the rain from pooling really helps.

Is it perfect - no. Far from it. But the tarp is big enough to protect a lot of space, and yes, it was cheap.

The poles that we have been using were about 40 years old, I think that they were from an old nylon tent that I used to have. We just replaced them this summer with brand new ones...
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Old 10-03-2017, 09:47 AM   #9
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Some people do it with items from Harbor Freight. They buy a couple of the big suction cup clamps that were made for picking up sheets of window glass. Those are used to hold the awning onto the top of the trailer. Then they get a tarp for the awning material and of course some rope and stakes. For poles you can go to a hardware store and get the telescoping poles used with paint rollers. You might need to install some larger diameter grommets for the tip of the poles to fit through. It is also possible to order poles made for tents or awning supports from the internet. Just go to Ebay and type in "awning poles" and you will see lots of them for sale.

There are examples of people making awnings such as this on this forum. However I am do not have time to track those postings down this morning.
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You know what? I use the old adage whatever floats your boat!!!
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Old 10-03-2017, 10:41 AM   #11
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some friends use an easy-up awning (available at walmart as well as many other stores). another friend uses a patio umbrella (the kind that inserts into a round weight on the ground). pretty inexpensive and serve as shade on the door and fridge.
We have had both a bag awning and a Dometic on our 13’ Scamps (one standard and one deluxe), as well as an umbrella, and rarely used them because of the hassles of setting them up, as well as how little shade they offer because of their size, and windy conditions/gusts limited their useage. We now use a CLAM screened room with optional rain flaps. This affords us protection from insects, sun, wind, rain, and cold, as we also put a small portable propane fire pit inside it. It take less than 2 minutes to put it up (a little longer if you stake it down) and slightly longer to take it down and stuff it back into the storage bag.
Best of luck with what works for you.
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Old 10-03-2017, 10:47 AM   #12
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I used para cord, 1/4 inch aluminum tube, and washers to make hangers for an awning track.

Here is a site with directions on making the hangers. Make your own Awning Track Hangers | PopUpPortal

I found they allow me to use any tarp with either grommets or loops. Bought an awning track in aluminum and attached with 3M VHB tape.

I use it two ways. I have a large 10 x 12 nylon tarp that is longer than the camper. I run the middle tarp attachments in the track and have a pole at the front and back of camper about a foot beyond the camper. Then 4 poles on the outside edge. Whole picnic table will fit, with stove stand, and room for folding chairs. The poles in front and back of camper are in line with the track and take some of the load. Lake Michigan breezes not a problem.

The other way I use those anchors is with a 7 x 8 cheap poly tarp, that is shorter than the track which is 7'6". Only use 3 outer poles. Not as much room but faster to set up and less "sail" area. Had that set up in Wyoming recently and it was taking a lot of wind. If it rips I don't care, cost $5 at Walmart to replace it.

One issue with smaller tarp is you have to add a line with a large knot going from end of track to end grommets. Otherwise the awning tends to slide to the center a bit and won't stay tight. Large tarp has the two poles on the corners that extend beyond the track so it isn't a problem keeping the trailer side of the tarp tight.
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I will also mention Marti's awning. Not as cheap as my tarps but widely reported to be very good awnings at a fair price.


Marti's Vintage Trailer Awnings


I will say no ez up type awning I have owned has ever lasted more than a couple or three years. 80# steel leg Coleman was flattened at Algonac rally.


If not level many pop up awnings will collect water on the high side along the bottom edge. This cause covering to sag, which collects more water. Have known them to collapse in a drizzle from accumulated water weight. If yours does this water collection then get a grommet kit (harbor freight for sure Walmart maybe), put a grommet "drain hole" two or three inches back from the edge. Yes it will dribble water BUT that beats collapsing.
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I posted my awning hack here Awning hack for Burro it was cheap and easy and utilizes a tarp.
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