Home made Canopy for 13' Scamp - Fiberglass RV


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Old 03-10-2012, 11:48 AM   #1
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Home made Canopy for 13' Scamp

My Wife and I decided to have a Canopy on our 13' Scamp, and after checking out the commercially mfd ones ($) we choose to make one ourselves. The attached photos show the result of our work and give a general idea of how it was made, the canopy is 8' X 8' and the cost was under $100........
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Old 03-10-2012, 12:01 PM   #2
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, now how COOL is that! Love the fabric choice too. Very retro.
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Wow! Nice job and thrifty.
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Very nice! How's it hold up in the wind?

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I really like the use of the fiberglass poles to keep things taught. That must help a lot when it's a little windy.

Thanks so much for posting the pictures with details. I'm sewing a @7.5 x 8 foot awning. It's basically a white tarp, but I did sew triangle reinforcing into my corners, so I might yet be able to use the fiberglass idea.

Props to you for drilling holes in your Scamp to mount the u-brackets! I get a little anxiety attack when I think about drilling holes in mine. Think I'm going to use large suction cup wreath holders to attach my awning to the trailer.

Thanks again!
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Gorgeous! How does the canopy attatch to the U-bolts?
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That looks great!!! We have been thinking about something simular. Our stumbling block has always been how to secure it to the camper. Is there velcro straps that go through the U-bolts? How well does that stay put when its windy?
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Nice job! I like the fact that it has the domed profile. It will not collect rain. Again, very nice job!
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Lil, let me know what suction cups you get, where to get them, and how they work. I've thought of them for a few years but haven't tried. Pretty soon our Scamp will be old enough that I would be willing to drill also, but I haven't the nerve.

Pat, wonderful job.

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The canopy attaches with three double layers of fabric tabs about three inches long with velcro , making them as sturdy as straps and they have held up well in a wind, but upon returning one day (we had gone sightseeing) to the camper we found that the cross poles had turned over and were bent downward, forming a large bowl. There is a note on one photo, that we have since sewn four more tabs midway between where the poles cross and their respective ends ( one on each section) that keeps them from turning over.
As for the holes in the camper, the most important thing is that they be waterproof, in this case I used a vinyl rubber gasket.
I thought of using suction cups also, the large four inch ones from harbour freight, but decide against the idea when the cup would not seal on the curved surface as high as I could reach. I did not want to attach them on the side which would be to low as far as the door opening is concerned.
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Where did you get the material and what type of material is it?

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Great job!
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Great job. I had a canopy something like this and just draped the one side on top of the Casita and tied it to the Casita. Your idea is much nicer!!!! I would be afraid to put holes in my camper though. I might try the suction cups but in a high wind they would just blow away. I had the bowl thing with mind in a rain storm. I had a huge puddle in the tarp.
Well, just letting you know yours is so nice and I like it!
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These are the suction cups I'm going to use:
Amazon.com: Suction Cup Wreath Holder [Misc.]: Everything Else

I'm basing my awning on an idea I saw on Scampers Yahoo Group:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/scampe...tart=1&dir=asc

If the link doesn't work, you'll probably have to sign up for the group, then look under the Photos database for the album entitled Awning for Under $100.

But Ed and Pat, yours looks MUCH more polished, well thought out and constructed.
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