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Old 08-04-2014, 04:11 PM   #1
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Adding Rail & Trim Line Awning

Has anyone considered adding an awning rail to their Parkliner to install a trim line awning? I received my Parkliner in May and after camping in June and July abroad, thought it would be a nice addition. I know Parkliner is now offering to install an awning, but they honestly look so bulky and unattractive. I had a rail and easily removable awning on my pop up and am just wondering how difficult it would be to add to the Parkliner. Any thoughts?
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Old 08-04-2014, 06:59 PM   #2
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Hi Scott and Welcome!

I didn't want to drill holes into mine, so I made a vintage style awning and sewed a sleeve into the end with a joined piece of aluminum pipe and use a pair of ratchet straps holding it on. Does a good job and when I pack up, no rail or bulky awning on it. I have pics on here somewhere ...
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Its not perfect...I have learned a few things since making it lol. I started using a pair of bungy cords to hold it down... now its ratchet straps. It does stay uptop nicely though... I also picked up a few extra poles...right across the front to make it a bit stiffer. I am thinking about what Diane mentioned and the next might have a pole down the middle with a rubber tip at the end to rest on the roof.

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Old 08-04-2014, 08:17 PM   #4
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Thanks, Deryk. That looks good. I'll check out your other pics. I'm not too comfortable drilling holes in mine either, but was just curious if anyone had done it.
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Old 08-04-2014, 08:46 PM   #5
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Some other brand camper owners have used VHB tape to attach an awning rail
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Old 08-04-2014, 09:48 PM   #6
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Check out ARB awnings. Its what im considering.

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Old 08-05-2014, 07:44 AM   #7
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Thanks, Bob and David. Bob, do you know which thread I could go to that features camper owners who used VHB tape to attach the awning rail?
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Scott; no I don't recall a thread about the VHB tape and rail installation. I do know that George Lauver who owns a Uhaul like ours used it and he has a bag awning hanging on it. I didn't have enough faith in it to be traveling with that bag awning hanging there held on by tape, but it's worked for him. If you are going to use a rope & pole awning that you remove when traveling it should be OK. We have camped with George, real nice guy, I know he'll give you any info you need.
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Scott; if you go to "camping, camp out reports" topics and look in the thread Wescotts Beach, Watertown NY, George posted there. Send him a PM for tape info. Probably other ways to find him but this works for me.
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Many thanks, Bob. Will do.
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Old 08-05-2014, 12:23 PM   #11
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Scott, we use a Gander Mountain canopy, and it requires no holes be drilled or tape applied. It is easy to do and looks great. It holds up under heavy rain and wind. The top of it fits in the roof valley, so no water "leaks" down when you're getting in and out the trailer.

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Thanks, Frank. Is that the Gander Mountain Dining canopy?
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Frank, do you think eventually there will be rub marks from the canopy or ropes moving in the wind?
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Yes it is Scott. You assemble the two corded poles that make the top a canopy, insert them and tie them in, then move one side of the canopy up top and secure it with bungee cords to the rear bumper and front tongue. Once that's done, assemble two of the 4 corded poles, insert where indicated, and stake the included lines down.

Over July 4th in the Adirondacks we had torrential rain one night, and wind that blew lots of tents over the next night. We had no problems at all with the canopy. Plus I just like its clean looks!

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