Awning ideas - Fiberglass RV

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Old 07-17-2013, 09:41 AM   #1
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Awning ideas

Hello all.

This is my first post, other than my trailer wanted ad. I ended up finding a 1972 Trillium, that is in pretty decent shape. For the money that we had to purchase something (~$3500), and the remoteness of where I live, I think I did ok. Frame appears to be solid, there's new tires and bearings recently packed. Some imminent issues include:
  • Couple of 4" cracks in fibreglass around windows
  • Updated cupboards are cheap and do not latch
  • No icebox or fridge
  • No heater
  • Paint job isn't aethetically pleasing

Other than that though, it gets our little family out (have a 15month old child) camping, and keeps us dry (hopefully), which is all we really need.

Anyway, as we head out camping this weekend, I wanted to explore some awning ideas. I don't foresee fixing an awning to the trailer anytime soon, so I was thinking of something freestanding. Does anyone have any ideas for something like this? Would CanadianTire have something? An RV shop? Ideally, it would be some place where we could put a mat down with some toys where my kid, and us too, would be dry if it rains.

Sorry for the long post. I wanted to introduce myself too, and give a quick rundown of our sweet trailer.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:31 AM   #2
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Welcome to the Forum Darrell.
And congratulations on your find.
There are threads on awnings and there will be
several great people here to help you out on this project.

This is the latest one and is how one member's need was met:

A good "light-weight" solution:

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Old 07-17-2013, 11:29 AM   #3
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For freestanding the main options are popup and screen tent. Popup- heavier, easier to set up. Screen tent- more work to set up, but lighter and stores smaller.

There are some very small options that are simple to set up such as the umbrella shown and the real "pop" kind of popups that just unfold. My latest is a popup canopy with a hanging tent (or screen walls for warm weather, nothing if no bugs.)
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:40 AM   #4
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Welcome to the Forum Darrell.
“I have tried to live my life so that my family would love me and my friends would respect me. The others can do whatever the Hell they please!” —John Wayne
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:45 AM   #5
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Thanks for the warm welcome. I'll have a look around locally, but may have to order something online.
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Old 07-17-2013, 02:17 PM   #6
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Darrel, welcome! Looks like a great camper find! I like the color especially the exterior. As the others have said there are many forums here on Awnings and Shelters. Just go up and hit the "search tab" an google what you want to read about. There is always the old faithful tarp and rope idea as well. It is never a bad idea to have a tarp 2 cents.
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Old 07-17-2013, 02:35 PM   #7
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Hi Darrel, Welcome to the site. I like your trailer. Since it has no fridge, or furnace, it will have a clean look to the road side, including a road side logo, which Trilliums with a fridge don't have. The cracks you refer to, are they structural, or just in the gel coat? More pictures would be nice.

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Old 07-23-2013, 08:32 AM   #8
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Darrell, I think you scored! The Trillium looks like it's got good bones and I'm sure it will give you many happy camping memories.

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Old 07-23-2013, 09:07 AM   #9
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You might find this post on a light portable canopy of interest.

On the cupboards not latching you might want to check out Scamp store.
Hardware possibly give them a call. The older cabinet hinges where spring loaded and held the doors shut. Looks like they also sell roller latches.

If you call Scamp and order sometimes they can send parts via postal service which is much cheaper than UPS or Fedex.

Have fun and welcome.

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