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Old 04-12-2007, 11:02 AM   #15
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I inherited my awning with the trailer. At each end of the trailer one of those eyelets has been screwed to the trailer that you'd see on a soft material truck bed cover. Then at the outside corner of the awning is the other piece sewn on so that when the awning is extended it's at the farthest from the trailer, but when rolled up it goes over the eyelet and you turn the chrome button and the awning is secured nice and tight for travel, without having to take it off. There's also three straps, one on either end and one in the center, that you do up to keep it all nice and snug while travelleing. I roll the awning poles up inside the awning. I'll take some pictures of it rolled up so you get the idea either today or tomorrow. It's slick though and works extremely well. I'm actually going to extend my awning so it comes out further than the 8 feet it does now to increase my total area covered. I'm thinking 12' .

Anyways, I'll send pictures of it rolled up and you will get the idea.

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Old 04-12-2007, 03:57 PM   #16
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I, also am planning to fabricate an awning using the plastic bolt tape and storing the awning (perhaps in a tube) when not in use. If the awning is about 12 feet long, does anyone know if the tape can be folded in half lengthwise or is it too rigid. Or, could it the tape be in two 6 foot lengths? Or,..should I just find a place to attach a 12 foot storage tube?

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Old 04-12-2007, 05:21 PM   #17
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Zip Dee Awnings

I have the original Zip Dee on my 73 .It still looks great. They use
" color thru" material ( scratches don't show ). Mold and mildew won't grow on the fabric itself, but it will grow on surface dirt. Hose it down and I am good to go. The cost of a new Zip Dee might be worth it, if it's going to last 40 years. Dave
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Old 04-12-2007, 06:00 PM   #18
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Ours still works fine its just stained from the weather after sitting for years. If only they could be removed and washed??? Maybe someday someone will come up with one that is easily removed and stored. A tube would be a great idea.
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Old 04-12-2007, 07:48 PM   #19
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At each end of the trailer one of those eyelets has been screwed to the trailer that you'd see on a soft material truck bed cover. Then at the outside corner of the awning is the other piece sewn on so that when the awning is extended it's at the farthest from the trailer, but when rolled up it goes over the eyelet and you turn the chrome button and the awning is secured nice and tight for travel, without having to take it off. There's also three straps, one on either end and one in the center, that you do up to keep it all nice and snug while travelleing.
I'd love to see pictures of this, Barry. I wondered if it was possible to make a pole awning that stayed on the trailer. It sounds like yours has a very good setup.
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Old 04-12-2007, 09:06 PM   #20
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Vinyl welt

Attached are a couple of pictures of the vinyl beaded welt that you sew your material to. This then is what slides into the rail.

this link Vinyl Beaded Welt, Rope, Ropes and Cords, Embossed Welt Style #180, Hidem Welt - Vinyl from Rochford Supply - Your Online Textile and Upholstery Superstore!#

will show you what you need. The cost is .88 a foot minimum 20 ft. IF you buy 100 ft. it drops to .38, but who needs 100 ft.

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Old 04-12-2007, 11:37 PM   #21
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I tried taking pictures tonight but with the awning rolled tightly it just doesn't show properly. I'll get it out of the shop on Monday and then I can open the awning to take some pics. Sorry for the delay, with the cars and trailer all stashed in the shop for the winter it makes it hard to get stuff moved around. We put the trailer in last minute after a huge rain and wind storm so it's covered with dirt and needs to be washed before I try to open the awning.
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Old 04-14-2007, 05:54 PM   #22
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Okay, took some pics - too tight with the cars in the shop to open the awning up but hopefully these pictures and some explanation will give you the idea.

The awning has been installed into the awning track (base) as you would any awning. One each end there's an achor for an eyelet on the trailer, screwed at the end of the awning track.

On the far outside corners of the awning there's the eyelet so when the awning is open and stretched out they are at the farthest corners where the corner poles will go, and when rolled up they come up nicely to the anchor.

Also, there are three straps sewen to the awning, one on each end and one in the middle. They are attached at the base one on either side with the long strap on the underside of the awning when it's opened. When the awning is open this strap just lays against the side of the trailer and it's not long so it's no bother. The clasp end, which could scratch the trailer, is on the top of the awning at the base. Thus, when the awning is rolled up, the bottom strap is pulled up and through the clasp to hold the awning rolled up.

At the outside end of the awning a piece of pipe was sewn in. This is great for keeping the awning straight, and it also easy to use for rollup purposes.

I hope this is making sense and I can clarify if anyone has questions, and once I get the trailer outside I can open it and take more pictures if required.

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Barry,
... and this stays on, nice and tight, during towing? I suppose if the 3 straps are tight, then it doesn't "swing" out and repeatedly hit the side of the trailer. It seems with the pole rolled in, then at least 1 inch of material buffers it from the side, eh? So even if you do get some swinging, the material provides protection.

2nd - That vinyl bead...is everyone's rail the same standard size and this will fit it?
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Old 04-23-2007, 12:52 PM   #24
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Sorry it took so long to respond - I missed the message-0ops!!

With the straps you cinch it up tight and it does not move at all. I even put the poles for the outside corners into it when we are traveling. I take them out over the winter or it just looks too inviting for critters then. We've not had any problems whatsoever with it coming loose or losing anything, or marking of the trailer. With the three straps, and as long as I wrap it up tight (and I can do this alone from the middle but it helps if my wife takes an end to speed the process up) and pull the straps tight and it's solid.

I believe that rail is the same on almost every trailer. I did note that once the awning was slid into the track at the back a small screw was run through so the awning couldn't slide out the back if one of the straps wasn't tightened properly.

The whole awning only takes a bit to set up, not nearly as easy as a Zip Dee for sure, but still pretty easy to do. I have a friend who is going to make scallops for the sides and back and this winter we'll sew them on to add even more to the vintage look. As well I made wooden poles instead of the aluminum ones (out of broom handle material) but I didn't do it right so that's a to-do yet this summer - to rework them and then replace the aluminum one's I'm currently using. It will probably end up being a late summer project the way things are going.

I'm really close to having my water tank install completed and once that's done I'll pull the trailer out of my shop and set the awning up and take a few more pictures which will do far more to explain than my fumbling with words.
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Thanks for posting the pictures. I'm sure some pictures of it unrolled when you get a chance would help as well. I'm a little puzzed about where the straps are. I suppose the ones that go around the roll must actually be sewed on close to the trailer, and you said the ones that go over the anchors are on the front corners?
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Old 05-28-2007, 09:29 PM   #26
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I set the trailer up in the back yard and took a swack of pictures of the awning as I unrolled it and set it up.

First off it's important to note that one reason this works so well is that whoever sewed the awning up also sewed in a piece of pipe at the outside end of the awning so rolling it up is easy, and it allowed me to make the other pieces you will see.

The first pictures are of the awning on the trailer, the attachments (straps) which are one on each end and one in the middle, and the rest is pretty straight forward.

This will probably take a couple of posts. Also, the way I set it up today was with the posts going back to the trailer. It's just as easy to have them straight up and down and the ropes to the ground like an old style awning, it's just for where I set it up I needed the room to get past with my mower (Monday's are mow days in our household).
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Old 05-28-2007, 09:35 PM   #27
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If I were just going to have the posts straight up and down and tied to a nail I wouldn't need the attachment at the bottom of the trailer. I have it both ways depending on where we are camped, the weather, etc. With it attached to the trailer in high winds we've never had any problems.

Here's more pics following along on the set up.

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And the final set of pics. Email me any questions.
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