I made my own DIY Awning last weekend following the directions on another post. I used a 7x9 heavy duty tarp, made my own connectors for the awning rail and picked up 2 adjustable tent poles. I am curious if anyone has created a "frame" to span the 2 poles. In order to get the tarp tensioned properly and keep the poles from moving, I have to use 2 guy lines per pole... I am also curious if anyone has done anything to their diy awning to eliminate the gap between the awning rail and the start of the tarp when using the paracord connectors. So far it seems more convenient (definitely lighter and takes up less space) than the portable canopy. So I am happy.