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RV AWNING QUESTION PLS

Postby winebuff » Sat Jun 08, 2013 7:24 am

Question: (let the snarking begin) :D I am coming in a vintage airstream and it has a awning rail. What is your experience making a awning and sliding it into the rail for shade at the burn? I am going by myself so this seems to be the best way to do it myself easy. Thinking just to take it down when I leave camp. How do you anchor it down to substain all the wind? And yes I have been surfing here for awhile on this subject. Good idea or bad idea? Just thought I would ask the experts, thx :lol:
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Re: RV AWNING QUESTION PLS

Postby Captain Goddammit » Sat Jun 08, 2013 7:47 am

It seems like it's going to be too much hassle to take it down every time you leave camp; I think if I were you I'd look at just having a well-anchored shade that stays up. Depending on how nice your cool old Airstream is, I might even think about a freestanding shade that wasn't attached to it, but had guy ropes tied to it's bumper and hitch as well as to candy-caned rebar in all the other directions.
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Re: RV AWNING QUESTION PLS

Postby winebuff » Sat Jun 08, 2013 7:53 am

I love the idea about using the hitch. I had not thought about that. Great idea. I have a 10 x 10 pop up but those don't work so well I have read, even when reinforced. Anyone know of a small shade structure u can buy online that doesn't cost a fortune and can be put up easy and reinforced? Just looking for something small to put a table and the coolers.I do have the guy ties, pvc etc. Thx!
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Re: RV AWNING QUESTION PLS

Postby Captain Goddammit » Sat Jun 08, 2013 8:00 am

Or just screw it into the side of Doc Pyro's RV :)
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Re: RV AWNING QUESTION PLS

Postby winebuff » Sat Jun 08, 2013 8:01 am

great idea :lol:

Captain Goddammit wrote:Or just screw it into the side of Doc Pyro's RV :)
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Re: RV AWNING QUESTION PLS

Postby EspressoDude » Sat Jun 08, 2013 8:28 am

we use fence T stakes in each corner of 10 x 10 then wrap with saranwrap then duct tape. the wrap keeps the sticky off shade and stakes
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Re: RV AWNING QUESTION PLS

Postby Drawingablank » Sat Jun 08, 2013 8:35 am

I also would probably not want to attach anything to a good trailer (as opposed to a beater trailer used just for the burn).

Since you have the room to transport it consider a monkey hut freestanding near it. Quick and easy to make and set up plus costs less than most commercially made shade structures and is more durable than anything in its price range. I believe I spent under $100 on mine including the heavy duty tarp and bungee balls.

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Re: RV AWNING QUESTION PLS

Postby FIGJAM » Sat Jun 08, 2013 9:11 am

Can you post a pic of the awning rail?

How high is the rail from the ground?

I may have an idea. 8)
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Re: RV AWNING QUESTION PLS

Postby winebuff » Sat Jun 08, 2013 9:24 am

Here u go figjam. It is about 7 ft high but I have a step ladder to put it up xoxo
FIGJAM wrote:Can you post a pic of the awning rail?

How high is the rail from the ground?

I may have an idea. 8)
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Re: RV AWNING QUESTION PLS

Postby winebuff » Sat Jun 08, 2013 9:27 am

this is how the awning slides in the rail as shown below.
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Re: RV AWNING QUESTION PLS

Postby Drawingablank » Sat Jun 08, 2013 10:09 am

winebuff wrote:this is how the awning slides in the rail as shown below.

I would think that if you can attach that slide in bead to a tarp securely enough that would work fine. Just dont forget to use poles tall enough that the tarp doesnt drag on your door when you open it.
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Re: RV AWNING QUESTION PLS

Postby winebuff » Sat Jun 08, 2013 10:13 am

yeah I am going to have to play around with this. Great project to figure out, thx :D

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winebuff wrote:this is how the awning slides in the rail as shown below.

I would think that if you can attach that slide in bead to a tarp securely enough that would work fine. Just dont forget to use poles tall enough that the tarp doesnt drag on your door when you open it.
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Re: RV AWNING QUESTION PLS

Postby Oldguy » Sat Jun 08, 2013 2:03 pm

The wear point is the seam edge against the rail. Flexing due to wind, fabric shrinkage, and alkaline dust wear will eventually cause tears in fabric. Replacing the plastic rod in end pocket with a metal rod will decrease flexing if fit is tight. If using inexpensive tarps with grommets, you might be able to fashion together anchor points with eyebolts and rods... just a random thought.
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Re: RV AWNING QUESTION PLS

Postby winebuff » Sat Jun 08, 2013 10:37 pm

good idea! Tomorrow i will dig into this project. Thx everyone!
Oldguy wrote:The wear point is the seam edge against the rail. Flexing due to wind, fabric shrinkage, and alkaline dust wear will eventually cause tears in fabric. Replacing the plastic rod in end pocket with a metal rod will decrease flexing if fit is tight. If using inexpensive tarps with grommets, you might be able to fashion together anchor points with eyebolts and rods... just a random thought.
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Re: RV AWNING QUESTION PLS

Postby winebuff » Sun Jun 09, 2013 8:10 am

Decided to change directions (it is a woman's right) and build a monkey hut with aluminet. Go for the gusto! thx guys...
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Re: RV AWNING QUESTION PLS

Postby TomServo » Sun Jun 09, 2013 8:19 am

I would spare the awning on your VINTAGE AIRSTREAM, and set up a 10 x 10 canopy. I, regrettably, did some work on someone's travel trailer, and messing with the awning was lowest on my "I'm cool with" list.

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