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Old 08-04-2003, 10:46 PM   #15
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I did have the tarp wrapped around the tubing, just a single layer - so I'm not sure why it wasn't working.
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Old 08-04-2003, 11:21 PM   #16
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pvc tarp tube

Lainey: I am in the process of experimenting with a tarp attachment on my van.
I cut a slot in an 8' piece of grey pvc tube (conduit) intended for electrical
wiring. I attached the tube to the roof rack with zip ties and string loops
threaded through the back of the tube.

More to the point, I intend to attach a blue poly tarp to the tube by folding
over a couple of inches along the edge of the tarp around a piece of 1/4" poly
rope, and sliding the folded tarp and rope into the slot in the tube. I
tested this, and the piece of rope held the tarp well. To remove the tarp,
just pull out the rope, and the tarp slides out of the slot in the tube.

Whether it works on the van as an awning I haven't yet tried, but using a
piece of rope to hold the tarp in the tube sure seems to work.
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Old 08-04-2003, 11:52 PM   #17
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Hi Lainey,
I have a Trillium 4500 that had a rail already installed. I use a 1/4 in. piece of vinyl covered cable that I have sewn a heavy duty silver tarp
around. Very easy to put up--held by tent stakes. Works very well for shade--not too sturdy in rain and wind. I have used a 3rd pole with a tennis ball on it to jack up the middle in the rain. Wind is a problem for this type of awning.

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Kingston, Wa.
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Old 08-05-2003, 12:49 AM   #18
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Thanks Everyone :)

I guess it was that extra 1/8" that was making it difficult. I will try the 1/4" instead of the 3/8" and should have better luck I hope. Sewing the casing sounds like a good idea - a quick job, but will save trouble later.
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Old 08-05-2003, 08:42 AM   #19
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Lainey,

This is the kind of tubing I am using for the awning. It is 1/4 inch I.D. and 3/8 O.D.

This tubing is about the same as the 3/8 plastic speedway sometimes used to connect the kitchen or bathroom faucets in homes.

You should be able to find this at Home Depot, in 10 feet lenght, but I am not sure if they carry this one. It is Canadian made. I found it at Reno Depot, wich is a competitor of Home Depot around here.

Just folding about 2 inches of the tarp over it and inserting in the rail is very easy on my trailer. Would take me 10 minutes top if I am alone and 3 or 4 if my girlfriend is there to help.

Once the tarp installed completely, with the tent post, after a few wind blows, the eyelets (is this the good word) of the tarp will contact the rail and lock it (the tarp) in place.

One thing I did prior to inserting the tarp the first time was to smooth round a little bit each end of the rail with a file. This help a lot, I am sure.

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