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Old 06-25-2014, 11:10 PM   #1
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I wanna try making a vintage style awning

With the 59 Pacer, we have an awning rail. I ordered the awning rope and got some fabulous fabric to make a 8' by 8 or 9' foot awning. Does anyone have good sites to look at to figure out the easiest and best way to do this? I love sewing and want a unique awning for our little gem. Leads would be welcome. Thanks.
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Old 06-25-2014, 11:51 PM   #2
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Take a look at Sailrite.com. They specialize in all things boat awning for the do-it-yourselfer including sunbrella fabric, heavy duty sewing supplies, canvas fitting (grommets, snaps etc.) They also have an extensive library of DIY videos for a variety of awing types. Perhaps they have a video that would help with a design for an RV awning
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I have a Vintage Trailer Supply awning. If you need close up photos of any part of it, just let me know.
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I have a Vintage Trailer Supply awning. If you need close up photos of any part of it, just let me know.
The big questions I have is how the thing is put together. Where are the straps and how far away from the edge, where is grommet and how is it reinforced, etc. A sketch would be great. Thanks.
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There are no straps. VTS sews a plastic bead on the edge to go into the awning rail to make it easier to slide into the rail. Original awnings had the canvas sewn around a piece of rope to go inside the rail. I have the largest size VTS sells at 15' wide, so there are four support poles. Smaller ones have only three. The poles have a sharp tip that sticks through grommets evenly spaced along the outer edge. To hold the awning up, ropes are looped over the top of the poles and staked down. The ropes have military rope tensioners on them to take up the slack. It's an extremely simple design. There is a decorative scalloped edge that drapes down around the outer three edges.
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Grommets are reinforced with a small patch of material sewn at each one.
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I have formulated my plan of attack. I only have a bit of a difference of opinion between DH and I on style. I want side panels and a front panel where he wants nothing but the main awning piece. Opinions?
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I have formulated my plan of attack. I only have a bit of a difference of opinion between DH and I on style. I want side panels and a front panel where he wants nothing but the main awning piece. Opinions?
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I made mine and bought just about everything from Sailrite. There's a blog post on it linked below.

I made it without side and front panels so I could roll it up and store it on the side of the trailer. It has worked just great that way as I can roll it up in a couple of minutes if the wind picks up. Never have to feed it into the track because it's always there.

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Home Made Awning

I've followed and enjoyed your posts. Impressive work. With all your skills and resourcefulness, it 's hard to believe that you need help with anything.


Anyway, here's how some hillbilly made an awning for his '68GT...


Got a roll-end deal on genuine Sunbrella fabric $20
Spool of nylon thread $5
Grommets from fabric store $3
10 feet of 1/4 nylon rope for rail $2


Stitched it up with a 1920 Pfaff found in attic. It's a tarp, not complicated. How much over-hang you have is determined by how far from the edge you set the grommets. I put additional grommets in mid-way in case I ever really have to tie it down or help string lights. I didn't want a ruffled/fringed edge.


Three 8 foot long 1 diameter bamboo poles from garden center $12
Two 6 inch long 3/8 eye-bolts laying around
Some camouflage rope from HF $4
six 1 black rubber feet $6
Two giant nails
bungee cord ends


Cut poles to fit in under-bed storage, Drilled pole cut-offs to make rope cinches. Reinforced inside bamboo pole ends by lining with spare 1/2 PEX
Big nails work in asphalt and sand


This may not be how one should fabricate a proper trailer awning, but it functions well in all respects.


Fifty bucks and good enough for who it's for.
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Here are the step by step instructions from my blog. Hope it is helpful!

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I've followed and enjoyed your posts. Impressive work. With all your skills and resourcefulness, it 's hard to believe that you need help with anything.


Anyway, here's how some hillbilly made an awning for his '68GT...


Got a roll-end deal on genuine Sunbrella fabric $20
Spool of nylon thread $5
Grommets from fabric store $3
10 feet of 1/4 nylon rope for rail $2


Stitched it up with a 1920 Pfaff found in attic. It's a tarp, not complicated. How much over-hang you have is determined by how far from the edge you set the grommets. I put additional grommets in mid-way in case I ever really have to tie it down or help string lights. I didn't want a ruffled/fringed edge.


Three 8 foot long 1 diameter bamboo poles from garden center $12
Two 6 inch long 3/8 eye-bolts laying around
Some camouflage rope from HF $4
six 1 black rubber feet $6
Two giant nails
bungee cord ends


Cut poles to fit in under-bed storage, Drilled pole cut-offs to make rope cinches. Reinforced inside bamboo pole ends by lining with spare 1/2 PEX
Big nails work in asphalt and sand


This may not be how one should fabricate a proper trailer awning, but it functions well in all respects.


Fifty bucks and good enough for who it's for.
Thanks for the info and I think I may steal an idea here. I am choosing to go a little wild with the awning fabric so will have to do a little bit of finagling with the pattern. My husband is impressed with the cost of your awning....don't want to say what I have already spent in fabric alone. I did use a 50% coupon off though.
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Here are the step by step instructions from my blog. Hope it is helpful!

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Thanks! I checked this out and it is really helpful on specifics. I liked the cocktails and take out suggestions as well! I am so ready to try this awning that I would like to start tomorrow. I have to finish the last cushion redo on the Safari and then I can clean up my sewing room enough to try this. Should be fun.
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I made mine and bought just about everything from Sailrite. There's a blog post on it linked below.

I made it without side and front panels so I could roll it up and store it on the side of the trailer. It has worked just great that way as I can roll it up in a couple of minutes if the wind picks up. Never have to feed it into the track because it's always there.

Cheers,
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Steve,
I got the awning rope today from Sailrite and it looks like some tough stuff. What kind of sewing machine did you use (regular or commercial) and what type of needle? I don't want to risk damaging the machine to make this awning. Thanks for your help.
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I got the awning rope today from Sailrite and it looks like some tough stuff. What kind of sewing machine did you use (regular or commercial) and what type of needle? I don't want to risk damaging the machine to make this awning. Thanks for your help.
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Hi Sandy,

It is tough stuff. We used the machine first and it was OK, but I was sewing the bag at the same time and it was really too much thickness to machine sew. Wound up ripping that out and hand stitching to the bolt rope, used a Speedy Stitcher, and that was fine but slow going. Without the bag, my machine could have done it.

Machine is an old Pfaff 130, pretty heavy duty and I used a pretty stout leather needle, can't remember the size.

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