DIY awnings...

Discussion in 'Canvas / Awnings / Add a Rooms / Tarps / Tents' started by cierrecart, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. cierrecart

    cierrecart New Member

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    On my 84 Starcraft I realized we had the c-channel where a bag awning would normally hang. I read around on here and found that many people had done DIY jobs with success. The only problem with those designs was that they relied on poles that went straight down to the ground and had to have guy lines to keep it stable. I really want to have the support poles go back to the PUP and mount on the side. Anybody ever use flagpole holders as a mounting point....similar to this setup?

    <img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v76/undertheradar/Awning_out.jpg" border=0>


    I already have the tarp part of the awning built and ready to go, so it'd just be a matter of using some pvc pipe and these flag pole holders. I won't have the awning angling up like in the picture though...the holders will be mounted down lower.
     
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    01YZF6 Dothan, AL

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    the only concern I would have is to make sure you attach the mounts to a solid part of the frame or camper side....

    I too am making a home made awning and have not decided on ground or camper mount styles yet..

    what did you use for the awning to mount into the c-channel?

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    jwolfe01 Honeoye, NY

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    Like 01YZF6 said, just make sure to attach to a solid area on the PUP. I personally wouldnt use PVC as the poles though, its too flexible. Id use metal or wood poles.

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    cierrecart New Member

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    <BLOCKQUOTE id=quote><font size=1 face="Verdana,Arial,Helvetica" id=quote>quote:<hr height=1 noshade id=quote> the only concern I would have is to make sure you attach the mounts to a solid part of the frame or camper side....

    I too am making a home made awning and have not decided on ground or camper mount styles yet..

    what did you use for the awning to mount into the c-channel?<hr height=1 noshade id=quote></BLOCKQUOTE id=quote></font id=quote><font face="Verdana,Arial,Helvetica" size=2 id=quote>

    I actually thought of that. The area where my outside stove mount is is really solid, and looks like it would be a good spot to mount them.
    As for the mount, I am using a camo tarp from Harbor Freight, then I used some 1/4" braided line that I folded the end of the tarp over, then sealed with some tarp tape. It actually makes a really solid seam. I did round off the edges of the c-channel so that it can be slid in without any binding or tearing, and the seam of the tarp is stiff enough to just thread it through by hand.

    <BLOCKQUOTE id=quote><font size=1 face="Verdana,Arial,Helvetica" id=quote>quote:<hr height=1 noshade id=quote> I personally wouldnt use PVC as the poles though, its too flexible. Id use metal or wood poles.<hr height=1 noshade id=quote></BLOCKQUOTE id=quote></font id=quote><font face="Verdana,Arial,Helvetica" size=2 id=quote>

    What I'd like to do is have the poles be a two-piece design with a coupler in the middle so that they can be taken apart and wrapped up inside the tarp for storage. The awning is only about 7.5x5.5, so I think thats short enough to keep them pretty rigid. Luckily it's cheap enough to give it a try and see what happens. :D
     
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    Awesome....I went to Lowes and picked up the flag brackets and guess what? The base of the nice fiberglass adjustable painters poles fit in the holders perfectly. Also, a 1/2" threaded pvc elbow threads onto the painters poles threads great. Now I just have to figure out what to use as the front bar. PVC seems to have a bit too much flex, so I'm going to try some 3/4" aluminum tubing.
     
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    I'm planning a DIY awning too. Would everyone here throwing something together snap and post some pics of your designs? I'm taking my support poles to the frame and I'm tossing around ideas in my mind.

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    Here's the stuff I got today. You can see how the painters poles fit into the flag holders.

    <img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v76/undertheradar/DSC_0480.jpg" border=0>

    <img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v76/undertheradar/DSC_0481.jpg" border=0>


    Basically there will be one piece of tubing (with a slip fitting that will allow it to be taken apart into two pieces) that will span from one "L" fitting on the painters poles to the other inside a seam on the front edge of the tarp.
    Should be pretty sturdy.
     
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    01YZF6 Dothan, AL

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    as a suggestion, drill a 1/4" or 3/8" hole through the mount and the pole, and put a pin/cotter through the base.

    as soon as I am done with mine, I will post the pics and design up

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    Oh definitely. I'm actually planning on putting a hole in the pole right where that screw knob is on the flag holder. That way It will screw into it instead of just up against it.
     

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