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Old 09-16-2015, 03:25 PM   #1
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Homemade Awning/Shade for my Burro

I just bought a vintage Burro and was wondering if anyone has had success trying to make your own, lightweight awning, sail or other type of shade for outside? There are a couple of places to hook it, and my only thought was if there weren't trees available to connect to, some sort of telescoping tent pole. I could make a canopy piece from fabric or a sheet, but preferred something a bit stiffer. Don't want to permanently attach it to camper. Also don't think I could put up one of those tailgate tent-top things by myself, plus they are heavy to pack/carry. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thought of looking on YouTube, too. Thanks in advance
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These work out really well......


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Kathy, I was thinking the same thing. Burro, don't want to attach a bag awning or a rail permanently to the shell, something lightweight...

Here's what I came up with...still to be tested in a camping situation that is not my mom's driveway, though! What you see here stayed up problem-free for a couple of days (of pleasant weather).

I got something like a 9x12 thing from Shade Sail, and I cannibalized some tall tent poles from an old canopy tent in my parents' basement. I basically am erecting the shade sail with the trailer as a support, with lines stabilizing four corners. The aluminum poles weigh almost nothing, and the shade sail folds up and fits in one of my under-seat cubbies. It's hard to explain so here are a couple of photos.
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Old 09-16-2015, 06:26 PM   #4
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I really like the idea of the smaller, individual awnings for each window (and I am against the standard awnings). I did see one nice commercial version but it was super expensive (if I recall right about $250 EACH!)
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I've been working on making awnings for my windows using shade cloth from the hardware store and wooden dowels. I initially tried Command hooks to hold the top portion, but discovered they did come loose and off in direct sun. The track you used is probably my answer. Was also struggling to figure out how to do the side supports, and have tried several less-than-satisfactory strategies, so am glad to discover your success with the PVC pipe and suction cups. Your new awnings are Very nice looking!

(BTW, it is the tan, plasticky shade cloth for now. My 1909 White Family Rotary treadle machine sews through it like a champ, while the newer machines get *very confused* tension-wise when confronting the plastic.)
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I didn't want extra holes in my Burro so I added hooks attached with a two sided 3m product. I put the frame together with white plastic pipe and the awning edges fit through.
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Sue, would you share the name of your 3M product? Do you have any photos of your hooks, and how the pipes work in your awning?

(I think the use of PVC pipes is very smart. I've been contemplating copper pipe just for its strength and affordability. Does the PVC flex at all?)
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Sue, would you share the name of your 3M product? Do you have any photos of your hooks, and how the pipes work in your awning?
(I think the use of PVC pipes is very smart. I've been contemplating copper pipe just for its strength and affordability. Does the PVC flex at all?)
LP, PVC will flex a bit but shouldn't make any difference to the awning. I doubt that any sag even in a 6' long window awning wouldn't be noticeable as the material is light weight. 3/4" would be the best bet. You could step up to schedule 80 electrical conduit for extra stiffness also. Copper? Be sitting when you see the price The window awnings posted in the side link would be real easy to make.
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You might try automotive dent removers (two suction cup style) for the anchor points on the trailer.
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LP, PVC will flex a bit but shouldn't make any difference to the awning. I doubt that any sag even in a 6' long window awning wouldn't be noticeable as the material is light weight. 3/4" would be the best bet. You could step up to schedule 80 electrical conduit for extra stiffness also. Copper? Be sitting when you see the price The window awnings posted in the side link would be real easy to make.
Dave, you may be right about the price of copper for this purpose, and I'll definitely check out the conduit as well.

I was kind of unprepared when I saw the cost of replacement tent/awning poles, that was pretty ! AND, I've always used copper pipe for long expanses of drapery rods. In those cases, the copper is much less expensive than crappy long rods with extensions that sag in the middle.

I've also been wondering what material would be best (or work) if set up in dry-fitted sections, so it could be easily broken down for storage. (Haven't tried this with pipe, and wonder if the fittings would be stable
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You might try automotive dent removers (two suction cup style) for the anchor points on the trailer.
Joe, awesome idea! I have a whole collection of heavy-duty suction cups which are supposed to be very strong, but many of them will simply not hold on any kind of *slightly* curved surface. I will investigate these
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Yes LP, any of the PVC parts can be used without being glued together. I made up a PVC angle mount for my solar panels that only a few 90* angles are glued, the rest are slip fit for storage inside the case.
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Yes LP, any of the PVC parts can be used without being glued together. I made up a PVC angle mount for my solar panels that only a few 90* angles are glued, the rest are slip fit for storage inside the case.


Dave, just to clarify... if I used these dry-fitted sections as *poles*, would they hold up under tension?
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