Originally Posted by Wardinbb
I'm trying to button up for the winter and I checked out the awning rail. It appears to be factory installed, as bucked rivets were used, and there's not a lick of sealent whatsoever. My finger nail will pry up the rail, however the rivets are tight. Its pains me to think that water has been making its way past those rivet holes down the wall to the floor for 40 years on a factory install.
Also the awning was secured in place with snaps, running down, back and back up to the rail. This must be an old school means, but can you travel with an awning secured in this fashion? I'm skeptical on that one. There's also no appearant seal on the snaps.
Any body know the true story?
Hi Ed, it's Ed
This is fun, I've been talking to myself for years and now I'm answering back.
I figure that the snaps were for a screen room. The row running along the bottom was probably also for screen to keep "things" from flying in from underneath the trailer. The snaps have been removed and sealed up with Olympics w/ a dab of Vulkum. The rail is gonna get a Vulkum or Parbond taped bead whether it needs it or not. Haven't worked with the Parbond yet so I'll try it out.
I've put the pencil to the pad and have designed a tension structure for an awning. You know, tent fabric and fiberglass/graffite rods. I'm having trouble accepting that this is an orginal concept and am wondering if anyone has seen or is familar with a light weight high tech solution for an awning. (Any CalPoly SLO Archies out there?!) This notion also brings to mind that it's been done, and either didn't work, lacked market acceptance or was replaced with a Costco 10' Eazy-Up canopy!
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