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Old 06-15-2015, 01:37 PM   #15
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I will assume the OP is looking for something like the fly on modern day camping tents. The fly provides an air space between the sky and tent. Providing shade as well as cutting down the condensation and heat in the tent.


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Old 06-15-2015, 02:09 PM   #16
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Just thinking... You would want your solution to not trap the hot air being expelled by your AC unit on the roof.


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Old 06-15-2015, 02:22 PM   #17
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The material tsunami mentions is being used on sun facing windows on park model homes in Texas. It is basically a tight black weave that lets very little light through but still has enough open space to ventilate. It could work very nicely if the OP could rig a ridge pole along the top of the trailer. Tie off the eaves to trees and the wall mount for the awning.
Anything attached to the awning would be problematic if you need to retract the awning for high winds or storms
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Old 06-15-2015, 02:41 PM   #18
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Why not just move? It might be easier, just keep it simple.
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Old 06-15-2015, 02:53 PM   #19
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We have an Airstream Basecamp. In the heat of summer, when we are parked in the sun, we strategically place three triangular shade sails (Amazon) to block the direct sunlight on the roof and sides....and it makes a huge difference. Shade sails are rain and wind permeable, so you don't have to worry about the wind getting under them/lifting them up, plus you still get breezes underneath. We attach them to the top of the Basecamp with bungees and to the ground with bungees and lightweight metal stakes. The shade sails even look "cool"....not at all like tarps.
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Old 06-15-2015, 03:20 PM   #20
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Ditto on the shade sails. They're cheaper, lighter, and they should pack better.

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Old 06-15-2015, 08:31 PM   #21
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We have an Airstream Basecamp. In the heat of summer, when we are parked in the sun, we strategically place three triangular shade sails (Amazon) to block the direct sunlight on the roof and sides....and it makes a huge difference. Shade sails are rain and wind permeable, so you don't have to worry about the wind getting under them/lifting them up, plus you still get breezes underneath. We attach them to the top of the Basecamp with bungees and to the ground with bungees and lightweight metal stakes. The shade sails even look "cool"....not at all like tarps.

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Would really like to view a photo of your sails setup w. your Airstream....sounds like an excellent idea!
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I should have taken photos, but I didn't...so I'll try and describe exactly what we do with shade sails. A big part of the solar gain from sunlight hitting directly on the Basecamp is from the sides (not so much from the top). We attach one corner of each triangle to the top with bungees. (The Basecamp has some bars on top that we can attach to.) We then bring the remaining two corners of each triangle OUT and downward toward the ground and, using bungees and lightweight aluminum tent stakes, attach to the ground. So, the shade sail is actually at about a 45-degree angle in relation to the Basecamp. (You can walk underneath between the Basecamp and the shade sail.) We do this with all three shade sails, overlapping them in places and placing them where they will best follow the path of the sun as it moves across the sky. (We ordered our shade sails from Amazon. Prices were reasonable there. They are available in triangles or squares in various colors and sizes. Our blue triangles are very cool....both in appearance and function!)
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Phifertex.

Used on boats to provide shade and repel insects under the Bimini. Can be made to shape with a sewing machine.

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Along the "sprinkler" thread, you could dig up some mister nozzles on some Flamingoes beaks..... Mount all over the AS!

Nah... May come home to "roost"...

Seriously, water misting reduces temp by evaporation, but water impurities will be an issue.

So, rather than put up a big tarp, what about rolling out some Reflectix on the roof? That would mean install/removal to tow the AS, but if you bungee from side to side it should hold in place unless you get a bad wind.
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I should have taken photos, but I didn't...so I'll try and describe exactly what we do with shade sails. A big part of the solar gain from sunlight hitting directly on the Basecamp is from the sides (not so much from the top). We attach one corner of each triangle to the top with bungees. (The Basecamp has some bars on top that we can attach to.) We then bring the remaining two corners of each triangle OUT and downward toward the ground and, using bungees and lightweight aluminum tent stakes, attach to the ground. So, the shade sail is actually at about a 45-degree angle in relation to the Basecamp. (You can walk underneath between the Basecamp and the shade sail.) We do this with all three shade sails, overlapping them in places and placing them where they will best follow the path of the sun as it moves across the sky. (We ordered our shade sails from Amazon. Prices were reasonable there. They are available in triangles or squares in various colors and sizes. Our blue triangles are very cool....both in appearance and function!)
Love your idea! Can you tell me what size you got? There are quite a few configurations. There's 12 and 16'

I found this Video on how to attach sail shade to awning track rail.
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We bought three different sizes of shade sails....16.5', 11.5', and 10' (Amazon.com : Outsunny Triangle Outdoor Patio Sun Shade Sail Canopy, 16.5-Feet, Blue : Patio, Lawn & Garden) ....and use them in different configurations, depending on the angle of the sun as it moves across the sky at a specific location. You would probably want to choose your sizes based on the size of your Airstream. Our AS Basecamp is small....only 16' long.
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I have been considering NASA insulating paint on Insulating Paint | Insulating Ceramic Paint Additive | Official NASA Spinoff if this becomes a hugh problem when I am full timing. But the loss of the beautiful glow of the aluminum....... booo!
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DearCatJ- Research thread re: coatings here. You'll want an elastomeric paint.

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