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Old 01-05-2007, 12:07 PM   #15
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Another neato retro idea is a bag awning. They are a lot cheaper about $200. They roll into a bag at the usual position on the awning track. You set them up by hand with poles, ropes and stakes. You know, like when you went camping when you were a kid.
Hi Marshall -

One thing to keep in mind about bag awnings, though, is that they will be against the skin on the Airstream, and movement can cause it to damage the skin.
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Old 01-05-2007, 12:21 PM   #16
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Mel,

Is that a bag awning that shows in your avatar? If so what brand?
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Hi Royce,

The awning in the avatar pic does store in a bag, but it's not a bag awning in the sense that it doesn't live on the awning rail full time. It's a pole and rope awning from JC Whitney - a cheapie until we could decide what we were going to do there permanently. I have some cool outdoor fabric and will eventually make a nicer awning using this one as a pattern.

We have one of the pole and rope awnings from VTS for our Caravel - love it! Hope my home-made one turns out half as nice!
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Carefree awning...

Hey, Just some info for anyone who may be interested.... qjktx (Mark White) has a Carefree awning from his 1971 A/S that he has offered for free to anyone interested. I spoke with him recently about it and he still has it available. It would cost a lot to have it shipped but if you're close to him (Austin, Texas I think) or planning to roll through that neck of the woods you may want to PM him and pick something up for free. That is the best price ever! FWIW... Ed
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Mel, Thanks for the clairfication. I was confusing a bag awning with a rope and pole. I believe a rope and pole would be just fine for us for a few years while we bring the Minuet back to regular use. How difficult is it to put the awning back in the rail when you decide to set up?

BTW the Minuet is still at the dealer. Weather has not allowed transport.
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Hi Royce,

It takes maybe 15-20 minutes to set up our pole and rope awning (that includes adding awning decorations!) We stand on a picnic table, stool, or cooler to feed the awning into the rail (or if we have room in our site, we back the truck next to the trailer and stand in the bed). Not difficult at all. The reward for setting up the awning is enjoying a cold beer in a comfy lawn chair under the awning.
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