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Old 06-27-2003, 02:01 PM   #1
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Umbrellas

I just read some post about using umbrellas. About 2 weeks ago I was deep into searching for ideas of how to use a large umbrella as a fast setup folding shade. I went to Lowe's and bought a nice one that would tilt etc. Brought it home and then took it back because we were afraid the wind would be our undoing since it would not be anchored by a table. The one I bought was probably too big since it was 9 ft. Non of this has stopped me from trying to figure out how to anchor one, what size to buy and on and on. I even looked at $20 beach umbrellas at Academy wondering if I could anchor it a little better and if I could I could use 2 hooked together somehow. I haven't a clue:r how to use 1 or 2 and make them be a little secure. The anchored shade used on a boat looked good but the price is a little more than I wanted to pay but it may be the answer to my desire to have an umbrella that I could anchor. Has anyone ever successfull anchored one of any kind in a way that was not very permanent and not tied to your RV? I know none will withstand high wind but I want it to be secure in a breeze at least. I'd love to see picture and instructions. We ordered Castia without an awning and I still don't want an awning. Just an umbrella that folds.......:lol




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Old 06-27-2003, 04:11 PM   #2
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Here is Suz's. the one I fell in love with.
<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3efcb1a0e7bfc111.jpg/> (photo by of Morgan)
she has a very heavy umbrella holder to hold it. worked great except when the storm came, it went over, but didn't hurt a thing. I think hers is a beach umbrella that will turns inside out. you just pick it up and turn it back.
(she was packing to leave so that table and stool are not normaly on the tongue.)
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Old 06-27-2003, 04:31 PM   #3
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umbrella

For quick and easily transportable shade:

removed the handle from this golf umbrella and wallered out a hole in the folding chair. The only time the umbrella is left up with no one in the chair is for pictures! :)
<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3efcb6c5ef609Casita umbrella_chair.jpg/>

P.S. this is our trailers rain umbrella, travels by the door.
<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3efcb79c41552Casita umbrella_chair hole.jpg/>
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Old 06-28-2003, 08:22 PM   #4
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Umbrella Stands

Yes, mine is heavy, but I really like it and it's worth the trouble to me. Still easier to take up and put down than an awning. Not as good, but works in the interim. Keeps the sun and misty rain from the carpet on the door.

WalMart has some very lightweight stands made of plastic. You can add water or sand to stabilize them. Personally, I didn't feel very secure with them, so I opted to get the heavier stand.

I tried to do the bungy thing to hold it up, but it was just never very good, so I went with the stand.
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Old 06-29-2003, 03:53 AM   #5
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Awning guardian

You can't see it too well in the photo of Suz' umbrella, but she has a full time guard watching over it.

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3efea8dd2a716gnomr.jpg/> <img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3efea96221dc9tiremount1.jpg/>


Note also the heavy duty front porch and the killer floral tire mount.
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Old 06-29-2003, 04:53 AM   #6
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Full time guard??

Suz, I like it all including that red umbrella. I have considered the heavy base, also considered the light weight base and then use some bags that came with and EZ-Up shade we have to fill with sand to lay around on it. I really don't want to carry a 50 to 75 pound base so the sand bags might be an option. Hubby has agreed to make a base if I want him to and do whatever I come up with. I have not given up on the idea eventhough I took my umbrella back. The EZ-Up shade is OK but heavy, takes two people to set it up.... I want fast and simple which is what an umbrella gives me. Someone said yours can turn inside out and survive. What brand is it and where did you get it? I have seen that feature on small ones we carry to keep the rain off but not for the big ones.

Don your combo shade- chair looks good too and I understand you saying you only opened it up for photo. Some days in Oklahoma wind you need to be sitting in the chair or you may chase it.
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Old 06-29-2003, 08:51 AM   #7
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Dene - the umbrella stand isn't quite as heavy as one would think. I don't think it weighs even close to 50 lbs. I got it at CostCo for $13.95. Yes, my umbrella did turn wrong side out (did it once before) and just popped back. It's a beach umbrella and I got it at Sam's Wholesale Club. They came in a great assortment of colors. And ...are you ready for this? I paid all of $16.95 for it. I could kick myself in the you-know-what for not buying another one. I really didn't expect for it to hold up that well, .... and I thought it was going to be for one or two trips before I got my awning installed ... and ... well, I just love it.

Don - Dene's right about the OK wind. You got a seat belt on that chair? I'll keep my eyes :E :E peeled out for ya. I'll know that it just may not be Mary Poppins under that umbrella! ;)

My guardian: As you can see, Mr. La Trek doesn't help a whole lot. Seems he does more snoozing than anything else...
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Old 06-29-2003, 10:14 AM   #8
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That Chair/umbrella idea of Don's is ingenious. add a carter pin, and it's just about perfect. I've had the wind pull the umbrella out of it's stand when it wasn't attached and I've seen an umbrella that clamped on just snap the clamp right off when the wind came through.

I don't see how sand bags would be lighter then a stand, unless you don't bring the sand with you. but then you have to hunt sand everywhere you stop. The more I ponder this, the more I think the stand is the thing, and most stores are marking theirs down right now. So I get a deal to boot. :thumb
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Old 06-29-2003, 01:44 PM   #9
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Divided is lighter

Janifer,
We have either 3 or 4 of the sand bags so it would be easier on me to carry one filled one each time from the back of the veh. to where I set it up than a heavy base all at once. Maybe I can find one like Suz has that is not so heavy. We pull with a big Ford pu so the extra weight is not something I consider. Just my back when I load and unload get the consideration. I can't seem to get the idea out of my head that I want one of some kind so I guess I'll be going back to Sam's or Lowe's or somewhere one of these days. When I do I'll post a pic. It's about time for me to put up or shut up about an umbrella I guess. :m
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Old 08-13-2003, 02:18 AM   #10
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Umbrellas, what to do with them

Hello. I too had this problem. What I did was make an anchor
out of a piece of tail pipe tubing aprox. 20-25 in. long, available almost anywhere, then welded on two lug wrenches, single type,
NOT 4-WAY, so they can be driven in the ground aprox. 12-18
in. I've only used this once, at the beach, but it worked very well.
There's always a breeze at the beach,and I had planned on putting
nylon strings & tent pegs to hold it up, but I didn't have to,it didn't move, even with a good breeze blowing. It worked much better than I thought it would, it's light weight, easy to store, and one person can set up a 9ft. umbrella alone. You should use a block of 2x4 or other, to drive the tail pipe into ground, so as not to bend pipe. You might also be sure to get pipe larger than needed, just in case it DOES bend somewhat. I'm not sure if I have any pics. as of yet, but If you need them, I will check, or draw a diagram and scan it for you. It's really very simple and easy,after all, I did it. Hope this helps,
Jim Lewis, Yadkinville, North Carolina...........
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Old 08-13-2003, 08:17 AM   #11
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Hi, Jim :wave Welcome to the forum!

Your idea is so simple that it actually took me a minute to get it. Wow.

You just drive the pipe into the ground and stick the Umbrella into it! Neat!

Once in a while my parking spot is paved, so that wouldn't work, but other times it would be perfect.

Thanks for the idea!
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Old 08-13-2003, 08:21 AM   #12
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Several places this spring and summer I have seen umbrellas that have a side-mounted pole. Attachment point could be provided on the side of the trailer to temporarily attach the umbrella when camped and dismount it when travelling.

These have been available at Lowes, Home Depot, Fred Meyers and even Rite Aid Drug store. They appear to all be the same and have been priced from $120 to as low as $80 on sale. The one set up at Fred Meyers could be raised and lowered. It worked great, however I couldn't vouch for the durability. Check them out!
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They used to make hollow plastic umbrella stands that you filled with either water or sand. Empty it would be very light to transport. Fill with water at the campsite and then dump it.
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Nancy - Walmart still has those. I am seriously thinking about getting one to try. They aren't very expensive.
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