Update for pole and rope awning - Fiberglass RV

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Old 02-24-2015, 05:10 PM   #1
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Update for pole and rope awning

My 1980 Bigfoot came with an awning that was old but unused. After putting it up several times I can understand why. Getting the rope within a hem through the C channel is a slow, two person job. I've seen a plastic replacement for the rope inside the hem that looks like it would solve this problem. But, I can not locate an internet source for the plastic part. Does anyone know where it can be purchased online. Thanks.

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Old 02-24-2015, 05:14 PM   #2
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Check the thread entitled Awning help - it is on this page.

Hubby and I are thinking of installing the same item on our awning.

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Old 02-24-2015, 06:22 PM   #3
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A friend of ours that has a vintage sticky camper rigged up a rope & pulley system to pull the awning through the rail. That way he could also hold it up and guide it while pulling the rope. A couple things that may also help; bend open the end of the awning rail to resemble a "funnel" and file the ends rounded to prevent the fabric snagging. Holding the awning up near the rail rather than it hanging straight down helps. We gave up on a rope & pole awning and bought a bag awning.
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Old 02-24-2015, 06:49 PM   #4
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Here are a couple of links:

Keder Awning Rail Insert
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1974 Boler "Buttercup" / 2014 Escape 19'
Camping Treasures - Key Chains & More
The Complete Guide to 13′ Boler Fiberglass Trailers
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Old 02-24-2015, 07:46 PM   #5
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I have the vinyl edge on my awning and I love it. I much prefer it to cloth or rope. I lightly wipe down the inside of my awning rail with a silicone lubricant (yep, I used silly cone here) and it makes the plastic edge slides through the awning rail like butta!! I can push it through from one end. I put up my awning totally by myself, in around under minutes (yep, timed it).
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Old 02-25-2015, 10:06 AM   #6
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I bought some from a tent and awning company and sewed it on my self, though our awning is a light nylon, not canvas. I also put in a grommet hole on each end and put a carabiner through it.

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