diy awning 8x10

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  1. clif and sandra

    clif and sandra Member

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    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]insert the gutter slides (walmart or amazon, $5) into the c-channel. Install the s-hooks that came with the slides with the tarp side out. Pick your tarp size based on the length of your c-channels. Space the hooks to match the tarp's reinforced eyelets (I used a silver tarp for heat deflection - amazon $16). Tarp should be hanging down. Place the exposed ends of the telescoping poles (amazon $40) through the eyelets on the side edges of the tarp (more eyelets = more adjustable awning depth). place the rubber cap on the pole end down the tarp for retention. Tie 10-12 feet of nylon rope (walmart $4) to each of the pole ends. adjust the poles height to stand on the ground or seat into positions on the camper's side. Tie the ropes to the ground in opposite directions, to the side to remove sag in the tarp. You can adjust the poles to uneven lengths to create angles for run-off. The poles have over 8 feet of maximum length. In the event of an impending storm, remove the poles and use them to push the tarp off of the hooks. Yeah, I'm cheap, but it works!
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    Matt Benoit Well-Known Member

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    I have done nearly the same thing. Love our diy awning. Much more compact and portable than a folding canopy! I made my own hangers for the awning rail. I didn't know they made ones like you pictured. Good stuff. Also I usually keep the poles vertical off the ground instead of angled back to the camper... It's frees up walking room under the tarp.
     
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    Sjm9911 Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Nice awning, i may do the same, might be eaisier then fixing the factory one.
     
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    How are you keeping the tarp taught?
     
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    neighbormike Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    How do you teach a tarp anything??[:D]
     
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    Use String theory..... Sorry I couldn't resist lol.
     
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    yea, should always look after dictating a response.
     
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    Tie-down lines pulling the poles in opposite directions.
     
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    We haven't done our DIY awning yet, but it's on the short list, hence my interest... and am considering different options. But I have a question... With this attachment method, don't you have problems with the rain pouring off the roof and through the seam between the roof and the awning? ...or is there something I'm not seeing in place to prevent such?
     
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    Honestly I am not sure because I really made it for shade but I would have to guess that rain would go in the lil space in between. Although, we wouldn't sit that close to the side and if it's going to rain that hard, I'd lower it.
     
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    Rain does get in the small space between the tarp and the awning channel. However if it's raining that hard, you won't be sitting outside anyway. We too use ours for shade. Also, most rain storms come with wind. These awnings aren't usually capable of standing up to more than a light breeze.
     
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    I accidentally left it up at my house and we got a heavy thunderstorm while I was at work. I prepared myself for a scene of complete destruction. the first 3 eyelets had been blown off the hooks so one side was hanging. I inspected the tarp and hooks and put it back up in about 2 minutes. the fact that its not a "permanent" install kinda works in its favor.
     
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    This would be perfect to put on the street/back side of the camper to give some shade on that side. Our camper has the C-channel on the roof on that side as well as on the curb/front side.
     
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    Funny that you mention the back side because I am going to get a set of poles for it too.
     
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    Couple of questions from a PUP newbie.

    What’s a c channel??!
    Would those poles be able to be used vertically?

    The awning in our ntu pup is broken and cost $500 to replace. No thank you! But I’d love to try out a diy option.
     
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    Get a easy up! I do like the awnings , and the dyi ones but the easy up is ......easy.
     
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    The poles can be vertical or at an angle, I would imagine. You would need to attach guy lines to help keep the tarp taut.

    Here's what a C-channel is: Capture.JPG
     
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    yes you can use the poles vertically!
     
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    Thank you!
     
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