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Old 09-09-2016, 07:14 AM   #1
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Tarp Awning - Fiberglass-safe Fluid for Enhancing Suction Cups

Ok, so the title is long but I think it makes sense.

In a nut shell, I am using heavy duty suction cups as to anchor a tarp awning to the top of my Compact II. The whole camper is due for a scrubbing but I cleaned/polished the areas where the suction cups will adhere with barkeeper's. It is now smooth, as opposed to chalky, and the suction cups held great after cleaning it. It was wet when I tested them and I know some recommend using silicone or petroleum jelly to maintain a good seal when using these suction cups on glass panels, metal or tile.

I will just use water to maximize the suction if it seems that any other fluid will stain or degrade the gel coat and fiber glass. But it would be good to have something that wont dry up to make sure adhesion is maintained.

What do you all suggest?

I will post picture of the set up after the weekend trip (assuming amazon doesn't delay delivery of my extending poles again).
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Old 09-09-2016, 10:10 AM   #2
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Try rubbing just a little dish soap or shampoo on the suction cups and let them sit for a little while before putting a load on them.
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I used a medium duty suction cup on the fiberglass (gelcoat) for a light duty clothesline and it quickly left a mark that was quite hard to remove. So I gave up on the idea.

Then I used the same suction cup on the Plexiglas window to mount a small camera. It left a mark that was hard to remove (again). So I gave up on that idea also.

It seems that the rubber on my suction cup was soft and while that helped it work well, it leaves marks. YMMV and I hope you have better luck than I did.
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Old 09-09-2016, 01:39 PM   #5
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So I'm going to jump right into this conversation. I've been wanting to put up a awning on our Casita, but my husband doesn't want to put any holes in the fiberglass, and I agree. I've been racking my brain trying to come up with an idea that will work without drilling. I kept coming back to heavy duty Velcro, never thought of suction cups! Will the suction cups really work? Are they heavy enough to hold a mid weight cotton in place?? Any help would be appreciated!
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Old 09-09-2016, 01:50 PM   #6
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Handy little items

https://www.amazon.com/Suction-Sucke...e+suction+cups
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So I'm going to jump right into this conversation. I've been wanting to put up a awning on our Casita, but my husband doesn't want to put any holes in the fiberglass, and I agree. I've been racking my brain trying to come up with an idea that will work without drilling. I kept coming back to heavy duty Velcro, never thought of suction cups! Will the suction cups really work? Are they heavy enough to hold a mid weight cotton in place?? Any help would be appreciated!
These folks have the awning rope and mounting rails. Mounts with VHB tape:

Sailrite - Fabric, Canvas, and Sewing Machines Since 1969

# 100380 is the mounting rail I use.
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My rope and pole awning is held on with only VHB tape - NO HOLES is my motto - so far so good...
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Your "Cozy Casa" looks like the real thing!
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Those are the ones that left the stubborn marks on my gelcoat.
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I have cleaned hard to get off marks with a $2 can of carb cleaner from the auto parts store. Just a quick spritz and then quick rub with a paper towel.
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My rope and pole awning is held on with only VHB tape - NO HOLES is my motto - so far so good...
Hey, don't drill holes has been my biz motto and on my license plate frames and truck signs for over 10 years!!!
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My awning attaches with suction cups from busdepot.com as does my awning. The main thing is locating a flat spot for attachment. This can be problematic with a trailer like my casita with all it's subtle curves. I clean the chosen spot with rubbing alcohol and spritz the rubber of the suction cup with a product that has the unfortunate name of "suck a lot" (available on Amazon). It's sold as an aid for attaching a gps and such to windshields. I suspect that it's simply a watered solution of glycerin which also works well and is available from any drug/grocery store. I've not noticed any lasting residue.

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I used the dual suction cups from harbor freight and they held great using just water. There was a thunderstorm and pretty stong wind (20-30 mph gusts) and the held great.

Also, there was no marking.

Suction Cup Lifter - Dual Cup Suction Cup Lifter

I like the VHB tape and track, I might try that when I do window awnings.
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