Originally Posted by Ellpea in CA
Whoa, Colleen, this sounds like a wonderful (and easy-to do) setup. I REALLY hope you can post some photos... with lots of detail.
Am I understanding that you have been able to essentially "glue" snap studs to the outside of your trailer without drilling through? And that the adhesive is strong enough to hold your awning
It also looks like the vendor sells "suction cups" that attach and are strong enough to hold the awning. Does anyone have experience with these (they sound perfect for what I need!)?
Yes, if you follow the link to Sailrite, they sell snap studs that are embedded in a silicone circle with adhesive backing. You prep the area first by light
sanding, alcohol wipe, putting on the adhesive to prep the area, let it dry, then apply the stud. (It has its own adhesive, the other stuff is kind of a pre-adhesive.) The trick with gluing on the stud is to hold it down hard and steady for a full three minutes (this is quite the isometric exercise) to let it completely adhere to the surface. And then NOT USE IT for at least 72 hours. Each stud can hold quite a lot, but the combination of a bunch of them (we only used 6 ultimately, not 12 like I said previously) hold really well. AND, in the event of gale force winds, the snap will unsnap BEFORE the snap comes off the trailer, so your trailer remains intact while only the awning goes skipping over the plains.