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Offline Jeex64

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Homemade Awning???
« on: April 16, 2008, 11:58:26 PM »
Has anyone made their own awning for their camper?  We just bought a 2000 Starcraft Venture.  It has the track for an awning - but no awning.  I checked out the prices of an add-on awning and it about took my breath away.  Can they be that hard to make?  I saw that a guy on e-bay sells a pattern/plan for making your own awning.  Just curious if anyone here's done one themselves?

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« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2008, 12:25:46 AM »
We are wondering about that,too. We have a new to us 78 unit, it's an expensive upgrade...yikes!Shock

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Edited by - cabinlady on April 17 2008  00:26:43
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« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2008, 06:11:38 AM »
I am working on this one:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Make-Your-Own-Folding-Trailer-Camper-Awning-Plans-on-CD_W0QQitemZ370042317701QQcmdZViewItem

I had to order one part, so waiting for it to put together.


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« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2008, 07:18:41 AM »
I am working on that one also Just have not tried it out yet last campsite there was a tree in the way. We bought 2 tarps a 8x 10 and 12 x 10 for different sites.

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« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2008, 08:22:09 AM »
The tarp part is easy, its finding the plastic part that slides into the railing and getting it sewn onto the material.  Poles should be easy enough...tent poles or a metal shope that sells aluminum poles should help you there.

You might be much better off using one of these, just place it right up against the pup:

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=412274

Or even this one:
http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=329273


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Edited by - Yellowkayak on April 17 2008  08:24:04

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« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2008, 09:17:03 AM »
I bought the plans off the net too. Did not do the c-channel hook that he made.

I used piece of an extension cord (the hedge trimmer had already taken a bite out of it, so it needed a new end), folded the tarp over it and tried it in the channel. It was a great fit! So off to the sewing machine.

I used a regular machine, heavy duty needle and thread and a zipper foot to sew in the cord. I did not try to do the tube for the cord then thread the cord as I thought this would be troublesome. I did need help in manuveuring the tarp while I sewed.

I replaced the tarp w/ heavy nylon fabric. Have to get waterproofing for the fabric. Anyone know where I could find the wash in kind?

I will be replacing the tent poles this year w/ something that is a little easier, I'm thinking painter's extension poles. Just haven't done it yet.

1st campout will be in a wooded area, so I'll take the big tarp along and string it overhead if needed.

Also keeping my eye on eBay for a stellar deal on an ready made conventional awning.

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« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2008, 01:41:41 PM »
I'm working on a home brew awning that attaches to the C channel with support poles that attach to the camper. Nothing finished yet, it's all drawn out, a parts list made, and a couple yards of polyester awning material purchased. My plan is a composite of tons of ideas and home made awnings that people have documented here on the forum. It will be fairly stout, as even fair weather winds in Oklahoma can be strong. I figure my material costs will be somewhere in the neighborhood of $60 or so, but it could go higher, as many of my projects do as I go along. I could add some money to this and watch for an ebay deal or brick and mortar dealer sale, but I enjoy making things. If I can look at something for a while I can generally figure out a way to make myself one, and I enjoy doing this. So you have to decide if the satisfaction of home-brewing an awning outweighs the additional expense of a buy-n-hang ready to go awning. If you find and read the awning posts others have made here, it's not that big of a deal to make one, and can be enjoyable if you like tinkering with tools and enjoy the challenge of driveway engineering. If you make one, tell us about it with pictures and the story. You can even tell about goofups and mistakes, because reading about those is part of the educational process on the board :-)

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Edited by - Tekboy46 on April 17 2008  13:44:55
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« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2008, 01:58:41 PM »
I have never had good luck with those five pole dining flies. They constantly flip around if there is much wind. I still have my two but only keep them around for the tarps. They make 8' and 10' foot wide awning material that is already water proofed that you can use. I have a friend that is rebuilding an old Airstream that made one. It has the old fashion green and white strips with a scaloped front overhang. He did use a commercial sewing machine though. It only uses three upright poles through grommets. It has stood up very well.

RV Workshop sells awnings that are more reasonable.

http://www.rvworkshop.com/index.php

Or buy tent poles built to your specs

http://www.polesforyou.com/

Of course the painters poles could work good if you could find a grommet the right size for the Pole to screw into. Good luck and don't be afraid to experiment.

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« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2008, 08:17:05 PM »
I finished the awning from the plans off ebay while camping at Lake Somerville SP this weekend.  It was pretty easy, and is compact when disassembled. I'll have to see what I think about the hooks on the c-channel, but might end up doing something like Barb mentioned.

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Edited by - jjacks38 on April 20 2008  22:40:36

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« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2008, 11:21:53 PM »
JJacks - did you buy the clamps for the pole side or did you sew a tube for the pole? Had difficulty w/ rain this weekend and am looking for a solution. I have a tube sewn in for the pole. That may be the problem. Haven't decided what I want to do. Have a month to decide.

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« Reply #10 on: April 29, 2008, 05:59:09 AM »
I am waiting for my pvc clamps, am also making my awning with the plans from the ebay guy.One thing I like about his hook system in the c channel is that you don't have to thread something through the c channel each and everytime you set up. Taking down during a storm might be hairy if you have to "unthread" quickly......

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« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2008, 05:40:01 AM »
Barb, I used the pvc clamps. I also thought it would be quicker to take down during a storm or high winds.  I am curious how much rain might get past the top of the tarp. Of course it is mostly for shade, but it would be nice to stay dry, also.  I guess if it's not blowing rain, it may be fine.


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« Reply #12 on: May 04, 2008, 11:36:22 AM »
I made my own awning for my '86 coleman williamsburg.  I bought an 8x10 tarp and sewed a seam in the end.  I bought some steel rod from home depot (I think 1/8", can't remember now but it fit the c channel).  I cut it in half so I had 2 four foot sections (This is so I could fold the awning and roll it up for storage witht he poles).  I slid those in the seam and then slid the assembly in the c channel.  for the other end, I use replacement tent poles from wal-mart.  I keep those upright with two lines and stakes on each side.  I know some people don't like the lines but cost was a factor and I built the whole thing for $40.00.  The tarp I bought was one with the silver reflective side.  I might have some pictures of it deployed if anyone needs it, just drop me a line.  Good luck!

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« Reply #13 on: May 05, 2008, 09:40:58 AM »
I've had to take mine down for storms. It's not too bad. Just need a five gallon pail to stand on and some large clamps. I unhook the tent poles and roll the whole thing up (takes 2 people) and clamp to the top.

Rode out 4 or 5 storms at Creation NE last year like that. Made it easier to redeploy when the storm was over. Didn't even take the pegs out of the ground. Threw the tent poles under the PUP.

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« Reply #14 on: May 05, 2008, 10:25:03 AM »
I know a guy that makes boat covers. He made me a 10'x12' awning out of Sunbrella material with the plastic insert for the C channel for $65. I have some poles, but we usually camp in the woods so I just bungee the corners up to trees.

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