Homemade Awning???

Discussion in 'Canvas / Awnings / Add a Rooms / Tarps / Tents' started by Jeex64, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. Jeex64

    Jeex64 New Member

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    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?

    Thanks.
     
  2. cabinlady

    cabinlady Member

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    We are wondering about that,too. We have a new to us 78 unit, it's an expensive upgrade...yikes!<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_shock.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Shock">

    1988 Dodge Ram 50,1978 Coleman Concord
    Salt Lake City,UT-BB,TJ,AB & mutt

    Edited by - cabinlady on April 17 2008 00:26:43
     
  3. jjacks38

    jjacks38 New Member

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    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.
     
  4. Tking01

    Tking01 New Member

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    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.

    1993 Coleman, Pioneer Seneca XL
    2003 Expedition EB
     
  5. Yellowkayak

    Yellowkayak Popups.....when sleeping on the ground gets to you

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    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


    For the price you can't beat it!

    JJ

    Wichita Falls, TX
    USAF Retired

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

    candleems New Member

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    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.

    Barb '74, DH '63, DD '02
    York, PA
    2004 Kia Sedona, 1994 Jayco 1006ST
     
  7. Tekboy46

    Tekboy46 New Member

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    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 :)

    1979 Starcraft Venture
    1996 Ford F150 TV

    Edited by - Tekboy46 on April 17 2008 13:44:55
     
  8. outdoorxman

    outdoorxman The mountains are calling me and I must go.

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    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.

    Phil

    Me '60 <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_bbq.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Barbeque">
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  9. jjacks38

    jjacks38 New Member

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    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.

    http://good-times.webshots.com/album/563164222cYBwrt

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

    candleems New Member

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    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.

    Barb '74, DH '63, DD '02
    York, PA
    2004 Kia Sedona, 1994 Jayco 1006ST
     
  11. Anjuli

    Anjuli New Member

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    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......

    "Sometimes it's better to be somebody else....."

    Me:70 DH:65 DD:94 DD:02 1 camping mutt
     
  12. jjacks38

    jjacks38 New Member

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    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.
     
  13. nauticalwheeler

    nauticalwheeler New Member

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    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!

    JD
     
  14. candleems

    candleems New Member

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    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.

    Barb '74, DH '63, DD '02
    York, PA
    2004 Kia Sedona, 1994 Jayco 1006ST
     
  15. volkster

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    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.

    Chris 1975, Tiphanie 1977, Reagan 2006, and Kaley the wonder Yorkie.

    1984 Rockwood 1206 towed by... whatever vehicle we decide to take.
     
  16. Cytel

    Cytel New Member

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    Hi New here and so far I like this place.

    I made an awning this weekend.
    The awning

    In the album you can see some of the hardware I used.

    The poles we used are 3/4 electrical conduit. The fabris is Sunbrella.

    It is attached to the awning rail with extruded awning welt.

    We are going to add 2 short poles with marine hardeware to the side poles. These 2 poles will have a rubber end that will brace from trailer to the pole. Thereby making itmore sturdy.

    I also plan to add a zipper bag to the plastic welt up top that will zip from the bottom, so it will be like a bag awning.

    The only thing I have not figured out is if this is going to sag under rain... But I will not worry about that until I get new canvas. My canvas is old and all full of holes on one end. Plus I live in Northern California, we don't see to much rain.

    So I hope this is a new idea worthy of others trying it out.

    Other than the sunbrella the cost is about $25 bucks. The metal "L" shown in the pictures I got at a Flea market here in Nor Cal, for $3 bucks each.

    Edited by - Cytel on May 07 2008 21:04:31
     
  17. Tekboy46

    Tekboy46 New Member

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    Welcome, Cytel, and good job. Looks sharp! That should hold up really well. AND I think attaching it to the camper frame instead of using poles to the ground and guy ropes is the way to go.

    1979 Starcraft Venture
    1996 Ford F150 TV
     
  18. OffTheGround

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    JD,
    We just bought an 85 Coleman Williamsburg yesterday. It didn't have an awning so I was checking the the site. I would love to make my own like you did. You mentioned you might have some pictures? That would be great to see them. Thanks!

    Julie
    Omaha, Nebraska
    PU: 1985 Coleman Williamsburg
    TV: 1999 Oldsmobile Silhouette
     
  19. Grim54

    Grim54 St. Clair Shores, MI

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    I made this from a $7 tarp, some 1/4 inch rope and some rubber cement. Works like a champ.

    <img src="http://inlinethumb52.webshots.com/44595/2360029480103133823S600x600Q85.jpg" border=0>

    Just folded the edge of the tarp over the 1/4 inch rope at the edge seam and glued it down. slide the rope side into the rail on ur pup and use extendable painters poles with screws in the end to go in the grommet holes and tie out with the left over 1/4 inch rope.

    It stood up to a 5inch downpour and high winds.

    <img src="http://inlinethumb42.webshots.com/22889/2055496570103133823S600x600Q85.jpg" border=0>


    Grim '54 <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_evil.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Evil"> Paige '56 <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_kisses.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Kisses">
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    Edited by - Grim54 on November 08 2008 19:12:49

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  20. OffTheGround

    OffTheGround Member

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    Thanks for the photo and instructions! Is the rail you slide it through on the outer roof, under the roof or on the side of the camper? I don't see any channel on our outer roof and it's too cold to go outside to open it up to check for a channel or rail under it!

    Julie
    Omaha, Nebraska
    PU: 1985 Coleman Williamsburg
    TV: 1999 Oldsmobile Silhouette
     

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