My new awning

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    hometownhiker Active Member

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    Check out the new awning I built using 1" pvc pipe, a heavy duty 12' x 12' tarp, and ball bungies. The frame has a 4-way connector in the middle, so it has a center support for the tarp through the length and width.

    I arch it with paracord, drawn tight and hooked with small carabiners. This keeps the rain from collecting, and keeps everything nice and tight.
    It hooks to on side of the bike rack that is permanently attached to the roof of the pop-up. I had some old poles that worked well to hold up the outside.

    It takes a little extra time to assemble it at camp, and I strap it to the bike rack before cranking up. Because of the extra labor involved I wouldn't bother with it if only camping for one night. (That's rare for me anyway, unless I'm on the road).

    We got out for a three-nighter this week and got a chance to put it to the test. It did rain on us twice and everything seemed to work well. It kept us dry, the rain repelled without a weight problem, and I had no complaints. I think that like any other awning a heavy wind would be problematic, although if worse came to worse, the cost to repair would likely be minimal.

    BTW, I travel with the pipes strapped to the rack on top of my camper in a tight bundle. The bungies, pvc fitting, paracords, stakes, etc. go into their own ziplock bags, and then stored in a canvas tool bag.

    Anyway, I just wanted to share this with my fellow pup nerds and see what you guys think of it.

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    Don't see pictures.
     
  3. Miller

    Miller '96 ColemanCheyenne - '14 Tacoma 4X4 DBL SR5 6spd

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    Bummer no pictures available. Can't wait to see it though
     
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    I'm seeing the pictures, is anyone else not seeing them?
     
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    Nope. Not seeing them.
     
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    Ok, let's try this.
     

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    Nice!
     
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    Wow, I really like the look of this. Pretty ingenious! How long does it take to set up/take down?
     
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    I would say it takes less than 30 minutes to set up and about 20 to tear down. We're still new at it though.
     
  11. Miller

    Miller '96 ColemanCheyenne - '14 Tacoma 4X4 DBL SR5 6spd

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    I see it now!! That looks great! Like the airy, open, light & modern look to it!!
    A little long in the set up for us but that's only because we have 4 & 6 it old boys that can barely wait to get outta the car LOL!!!
    I was lucky to score this 20 year old awning for free!!
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    She Works and my DW likes it!! Need I say more my friends!?
     
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    Hi Miller, free is always the right price. It looks good to me.
     

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