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Old 02-11-2003, 04:36 PM   #1
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Beat a dead horse. Awning idea.

O.k. I want an awning. I don't want to pay no $400 for one either, besides I understand my old Scamp roof probably couldn't take it. Anyhow, I figured that maybe I could do it on the cheap. For instance, what would be wrong with riveting a dozen or so snaps in a row along the roof. Snaps, as in, well... snaps, you know like the kind Jeeps used to use to hold down their tops with. I could then buy some plastic tarp material and a step stool, put in the corresponding female part of the snap in the tarp and put it on, when we stop. I have some old fiberglass, folding, tent poles and some cord. It would be a "snap" to install, literally. Any thoughts?

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Old 02-11-2003, 05:06 PM   #2
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Cheap Awnings

I bought a $10 free-standing awning from K-Mart. One side I laid against the top of the trailer (I tied the corners down to a pair of eye bolts that are mounted in my belly-band - well... in my trailer's belly band anyway.)

The opposite side was set up with poles and lines as intended.

What I'm planning on picking up when spring comes closer is a large (14x12) free standing screen room ($60 at WalMart). I'll set it up NEXT to the Boler having one side resting on top similar to the way I did the awning. My intention is to have this screen room serve as our 'living room/kitchen' That's where we'll set up our little table & stove and sit around most of the time. Since it connects directly to the Boler however - we'll be able to go directly from there into the Boler, which will serve as changing room and bedroom.

Here's a shot of the $10 awning in-use.

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Old 02-11-2003, 05:06 PM   #3
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<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3e4981608605fsm_horse.gif/>

(Couldn't resist beating a dead horse!)

Don, any shelter is better than no shelter when it comes to camping. Go ahead and use your imagination and let us know the results.

I'm not sure I would drill holes to install 20 or 30 snap ... but then again, your idea sounds like it would work!
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Old 02-11-2003, 05:07 PM   #4
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Would it not be easier to just buy a rail wth slot down middle and attach that then put awning end in and roll up to side when moving.
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Old 02-11-2003, 05:08 PM   #5
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I'm with you, Don

I've been mulling this one over for quite some time. I still haven't gotten it quite perfected, but getting there.

It's very hard for me to describe, but I will try. It should be easily removed and put up. I don't know the true name for them, but they are used to hold down conduit. The ones I am refering to are aluminum and have the one side that screws in (the one with two might be better...less likely to pull out of the figerglass if when catches it). I'm thinking of painting those white and riveting about 4 or 5 of them up. I'm going to order canvas (Sunbrella) and sew it to length. Then I will make a casing on one end with areas cut out to fit over the clamps. Use a piece of PVC as the base. It will slide through the clamp, casing, clamp, etc. It will make a solid base for the awning. You can put the other end up with tent poles or whatever.

I am still working on the design. I did something similar when I made awnings for my home many years ago (8-ish) and they have been sleeted on, snowed on, blown to bits, etc, and have yet to come down.

As I said, I haven't perfected it, but getting close.
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Old 02-11-2003, 05:09 PM   #6
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Big screen room

Oh - depending on how that works - I might even try rigging some drop-down walls onto the side of the screen room so it can double as a privacy room.

BTW: No, it has not escaped my attention that I could park the entire Boler INSIDE the intended screen room... :)

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Old 02-11-2003, 05:11 PM   #7
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Snaps and rivets are related. Might work. This one uses loops so you can move it from to truck to fence post or whatever.

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Old 02-11-2003, 05:23 PM   #8
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That post of yours sure got some fast response.

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3e4985a90f31baw.jpg/>

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3e4985b8def10aw1.jpg/>

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Hope this helps.:)
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Old 02-11-2003, 05:59 PM   #9
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awnings

Cheap replaceable plastic tarp; home made from conduit.

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works well, although not as much room as a screen porch....also
lower one corner when it rains !!! Don't stand near that corner if water has already accumulated. :umb
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Old 02-11-2003, 10:13 PM   #10
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what holds it to the tt, Noel?
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Old 02-11-2003, 11:10 PM   #11
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Awning

They make an aluminum strip that a lot of the stick built trailers have on them that would work. It would be easy to pop rivet along the trailer. The awning has a rope in the edge that slides in the track on it. Would be very easy to take down and fold up for moving. Lex showed some brackets on one of his posting that would help hold some roof supports through the center.

I saw an awning kit a couple weeks ago I believe on the Camper World site. I believe it was made for a pop up tent camper. I had planned on installing one but just couldn't do it on a new trailer. Broke over and paid $585 for the stock one.
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I just don't know if I can put holes in the roof of my TT. maybe I could super glue the strip on. I put holes in the old aluminum one and it doesn't leak, but that wasn't Buttercup. She might not like it. Mikes bungie to the middle might be a thought. :r
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Ron, that awning sounds like the same principle as the way the bikini top is kept on the Jeep. This sounds easy enough to make.

Noel, same question, show the mount :E

You too Chester! :E

Benita, that link is bad. Bad Link, bad, bad link! :)

Suz, your idea sounds like another I had. Back in the day, some hot rod cars had their hoods pinned down. That pin, along with a cotter pin through it, would work with the gommets on a tarp. Several pins bolted through the roof would hold a tarp easily. Trouble with my plan was where to find the right pins. If I made them the would have to be stainless or aluminum... too much trouble.

As for the add-a-rooms, I'll already be carrying enough crap around with me, I don't want another bulky thing to stuff into the TT. Fishing poles and caving gear is enough. Hell, I already want to chunk out the folding chairs. :u

Thanks all, you are helping tremendously!
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Old 02-12-2003, 08:19 AM   #14
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The link seems to be working fine for me, so you might try again.

I hadn't thought about the hood pins, but that would be a possibility also. Do I dare admit that I know what those hood pins are because I :o - - oh, geeze - - had them on one of my vehicles?
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