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Old 06-17-2008, 06:16 PM   #1
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Please tell me if this is just unrealistic.
I would like to attach an awning to our Burro 13 without drilling through the FG.
Maybe after we have the Burro for a few years I will be more at ease with Mods that involve holes in the FG, however, until then I was just wondering....... If I could 3M tape a heavy duty wide faced industrial Velcro to the Burro top and Awning material edge, would that suffice as a usable (albeit removable) awning? Your thoughts and advice are truly appreciated.

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Old 06-17-2008, 07:03 PM   #2
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I would like to attach an awning to our Burro 13 without drilling through the FG.
Rozanne,

We're sort of in the same position with our Scamp....not quite ready to attach an awning rail to it yet. After seeing a homebrew awning at a spring eggscursion, my wife and I decided to try something similar. The picture shows our first attempt, which worked surprisingly well. The cheapo tarp came from Lowes, and the (too short) poles were already here from another tent. I'm ordering new telescopic Eureka poles from Campmor and will probably sew up something nicer looking from real awning fabric. After cutting all the ropes to length, I have them pre-tied with loops in place so it's really easy to put up. We'll probably end up with a real bag awning and awning rail at some point, but this is too easy not to try for a few outings first. I admit it looks like a real lash-up right now, but with proper length poles and real awning fabric, I think it will be much more presentable. I should add that the little screen room just sits underneath. It's one of those take it out of the bag and stand back while it springs into shape types. Works great.

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Old 06-17-2008, 08:01 PM   #3
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I think that the awning rail is designed the way it is because you need something strong to withstand the wind forces on the effectively a sail you've just attached to the side of your trailer. I've had a lot of velcro items come apart, not from the velcro itself, but from the adhesives used to attach the velcro to the two items you want to velcro together...
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Old 06-18-2008, 01:33 AM   #4
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Parker, that looks like a simple and effective awning solution.
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Old 06-18-2008, 05:33 AM   #5
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Parker, that looks like a simple and effective awning solution.
Connie,

The initial setup in the picture is with three poles, the center one six feet and the corner ones five feet. I had them laying around the garage so I tried them. I've ordered new poles, which should get rid of the droopy sides. The one I copied from with equal length poles looked better. I like the fact the the tarp/awning goes up onto the roof so rain water won't come down between it and the trailer. And if the whole thing blows away in a storm, it won't be hard to replace and should cause minimal damage to the trailer.

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Old 06-18-2008, 06:20 AM   #6
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Hi: Parker... I really like the cover on the "Tow Vehicle". It is so nice to get on one thats dry!!!
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Velcro works well if it's clean. I can see it losing the ability to hang on to the tarp, when the loops or fuzz get contaminated with dust and twings. Anyone besides me ever take a toothpick to your kids athletic shoes? I'm wondering about the UVA/UBC damage too. You might get it really glued to the trailer, then have it deteriorate rapidly due to sun damage. Then you've got a mess to cleanup.
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Old 06-18-2008, 09:47 AM   #8
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Velcro works well if it's clean. I can see it losing the ability to hang on to the tarp, when the loops or fuzz get contaminated with dust and twings. Anyone besides me ever take a toothpick to your kids athletic shoes? I'm wondering about the UVA/UBC damage too. You might get it really glued to the trailer, then have it deteriorate rapidly due to sun damage. Then you've got a mess to cleanup.
good point Donna.
also should use the fuzzy side (loop) on the camper if you go this route. if it's really cold, the hooks will also break off the other side. I think the aluminum channel is the best way to go. be sure to use the rolled caulking (grey stuff).
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People of the awning group..listen I have been down this road before this is what I did just a suggestion.go to your local RV dealer they should have in stock a rail or guide or slot thingy call it waht you want but it screws to your camper above the door and window of course and what you do is get your awning at any boat canvas shop and have a rope sewn into the end of the canvas. All you have to do then is slide it in the "slot" that is attached to your camper get 2 telescopic tents poles from the camping section in your local Wal-mart I think that they are 7 dollars each and wala. when you take down your canapoy all you are left with is the attached slot thingy and no wind resistance. I have it on my 13 Boler and I made sure that when you put the screws throught the camper shell make sure that you have clear silicon with rubber backed fender washers. what I did then because I am anal about leaks is I put a bead of clear silicon around the washer to ensure no leaks.....any questions reply back tomorrow I will have pictures of the "thingy" and washers...Joe

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good point Donna.
also should use the fuzzy side (loop) on the camper if you go this route. if it's really cold, the hooks will also break off the other side. I think the aluminum channel is the best way to go. be sure to use the rolled caulking (grey stuff).
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Old 06-19-2008, 06:13 AM   #10
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Thanks for the opinions. I think I will abandon my velcro idea for awning attachment. I will probably go with a rail type system and slide in awning. Friends of ours have an '80s vintage Scotty and the rail system seems to work quite well. I will have to make a stop to an RV center in the near future. We seem to be inundated with rain these days, a good time to plan a mod or two.

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Consider a screen house. When we had our 13' Burro (and also with our current UHaul), we put up a screen house next to the trailer. Worked as an awning, additional living space, and kept down the bugs. Get one high enough that the door will open into it and one with zippers on two sides. Put it as close to the trailer as possible. It keeps down the bugs.
Both screen houses come from Walmart, however, the first one went down in a storm. The second one is built better and has survived several winds.

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Consider a screen house. When we had our 13' Burro (and also with our current UHaul), we put up a screen house next to the trailer. Worked as an awning, additional living space, and kept down the bugs. Get one high enough that the door will open into it and one with zippers on two sides. Put it as close to the trailer as possible. It keeps down the bugs.
Both screen houses come from Walmart, however, the first one went down in a storm. The second one is built better and has survived several winds.

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you could even go to the next level and have a cord sewn into one of the flaps. that way it will keep things dry between the egg and the shelter if you attach a channel to your trailer. the 1/4 inch rope works fine but won't last as long as the extruded plastic one that you can get sewn in at most auto upholstery places... they can also supply and likely install the metal channel for you too. FYI, I paid $8 for an 8 foot section.
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I too didn't want to put holes in the camper so I bought this thing from the bus depot online. It attaches with the suction cup mounting kit.

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I too didn't want to put holes in the camper so I bought this thing from the bus depot online. It attaches with the suction cup mounting kit.
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Karen,

Wow, this looks great for us as well. What are the dimentions of this bus depot awning? I didn't see it listed on their website.
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