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Old 04-13-2014, 09:10 PM   #15
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No chance of losing mine, as we'll just take it down and throw it in the bed of the truck. Goes up in 5 minutes and down in about one with help. Oh, the blue thing above it all is one of those triangular sun shades until we finish installing the corrugated metal roofing panels for our carport roof. We don't get a lot of rain here in San Diego, but we do get plenty of sunshine which is rough on the paint and interiors.
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Old 04-13-2014, 10:37 PM   #16
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Filbert...don't all the best ideas come at 3am ??? Around my house that is the rule! and by 6 you better be ready to start working on it.

Don't you just love it when a plan comes together? Looks good and works! what more can you ask.
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Old 04-13-2014, 11:25 PM   #17
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Oops I sorry, you said don't laugh! Here's a pic of my awning. It only cost me about $250 and also goes up in 5 minutes.
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Old 04-14-2014, 01:29 AM   #18
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The only one laughing is you. It is a might clever, and nice looking awning.

Awnings are fantastic. I hate the sun, which Is why I Iike to sail at night.

One thing I learn with sailing is hollow cut sails don't flap. A hollow cut is when you remove material in a smooth arc between two points under tension. I've often thought about making a four sided hollow cut awning--pulled real tight it would hold up to high winds better than most.
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Old 04-14-2014, 05:23 AM   #19
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Pretty swanky there Gage! I like yours too. Now that I know how to install grommets, I can always upgrade and get some fancy striped Sunbrella fabric which will give yours a run for your money. I like the cabana stripes over the El Cheapo Walmart tarp. Baby steps, baby steps.
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Old 04-14-2014, 07:01 AM   #20
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That's a great idea! I think I'm going to try it! Now I need to find a camo tarp!
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I saw a camo tarp at Walmart, or you can special order one through Home Depot, so you're covered, pun intended!
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?..One thing I learn with sailing is hollow cut sails don't flap. A hollow cut is when you remove material in a smooth arc between two points under tension. I've often thought about making a four sided hollow cut awning--pulled real tight it would hold up to high winds better than most.
Cari & I have two Kelty Noah's Tarps (16' x16' size) which are cut as you suggested. We've put them up in torrential rain & winds in the ~30mph range... No issues on noise and we got three good days under the tarps before the rain finally soaked through...still pretty good!

In camp staying dry...


In our case, the 16'x16' was ideal to cover all the Parkliner and then attach to the fiama awning on the van conversion.

We purchased ours at a year end clearance sale as they were also changing colors...for about 25 cents on the dollar. Deals are out there.

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Also... Someone was wondering how the "suction cups" worked?

Here is a street side shot of our rig as we have set up with a privacy tarp and two glass mover's suction cup handles (purchased on Amazon for ~$9 ea)



As long as they are applied to clean fiberglass they will stay put for several days.
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Filbert, I'm not laughing, I like creativity. Looks like it will work just fine. I use tarps all the time. Gives you more room under cover and you can make a flexible out door shelter. You bought a strong tarp also.
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Thanks Diane! There's satisfaction in knowing that some crazy ideas actually work, and if it's inexpensive then that's the added bonus!
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