Recently I acquired a really old, really used bag awning very cheaply on craigslist. I've never had an awning on my camper before. It's a little too wide - it's missing some of the hardware - the color is awful. I'm taking it into surgery here soon (as soon as my mother's sewing machine that has been sitting in the attic for 25 years comes out of the shop). I have basic sewing skills, and have ordered all the stuff I'll need to do my planned surgery. But I have a few questions for anyone who might care to chime in: 1. The c-channel on my camper is 9 ft long. Is it a good idea to fill the entire channel with the awning rope or should I leave some space on either end? 2. How does one anchor the entire awning to the side of the camper (so that it doesn't blow off while driving)? I'm thinking a screw through the c channel on either end (and through the underlying awning rope)? 3. Has anyone every dyed or painted an awning like this? I would imagine trying to get paint to stay on something that is constantly rolled and unrolled would be difficult. Thanks gang!