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Old 03-13-2016, 10:01 PM   #1
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Simple Vintage Awnings - Where Oh Where???!

Looking for the very simple, manual style awnings found on real old trailers. Not Zip Dee etc, just the real simple ones like you see in this beautiful example at the windows. Any ideas? Perhaps you have some for sale even?


I prefer the simplicity and elegance of these simple beauties and I am trying to get a jump on summer heat. Thanks again for your input.
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Old 03-13-2016, 10:27 PM   #2
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I made my own when we had our '64 GlobeTrotter...very simple, not hard at all. They snapped onto the window frames at the top and had corner pockets to hold them in place at the bottom. Pretty slick! If you're interested, I have some photos of the details of mine...but they went with the trailer when we sold it several years ago so I can't take any additional photos. I'd be happy to share the ones I have. However, the problem you are going to run into is, with a '68 the windows are frameless - so your awnings would have to attach differently than mine (or those shown on the 50's trailer you posted) did.

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Old 03-14-2016, 11:08 AM   #3
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Insideout I hope to also do that to our 65 and 62.

A member of our 4CU unit has those that they made themselves. They have a tan pair to snap on when the unit is in storage. They remove them for travel. They snsp on a pretty bright blue pair when they arrive at their camping destination.

I'm saving your photo for inspiration.
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This lady makes excellant vintage awnings at good prices. She made the awning for my Bambi II

http://vintageawnings.blogspot.com
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I made my own when we had our '64 GlobeTrotter...very simple, not hard at all. They snapped onto the window frames at the top and had corner pockets to hold them in place at the bottom. Pretty slick! If you're interested, I have some photos of the details of mine...but they went with the trailer when we sold it several years ago so I can't take any additional photos. I'd be happy to share the ones I have. However, the problem you are going to run into is, with a '68 the windows are frameless - so your awnings would have to attach differently than mine (or those shown on the 50's trailer you posted) did.

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Those are beautiful awnings on a beautiful trailer. However, I am looking something that is self supported like in the photo I shared, not slip cover style as you have. The way we use our trailer the self supported style works best.

To your point about frameless, you are correct. Our plan for now is to have these awings at the front and rear windows. I am going to install non period correct drip rails or caps. The top of the awing fabric will attach to the underside of the drip cap using one of these types marine bimini hardware. May be hard to imagine, but when I finish it, it will make sense.

I am really looking for the hardware, not the fabric. I can do that easy. Thanks everybody
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For my last two Airstreams, I used the vintage style awnings. my present one came from EBAY where it was only 20 dollars. it's vinyl and I added the grommets and poles from a sporting goods store. the awning already was sewn and had the plastic rope that you pull through the trailer track tube.
The old one was a cloth Sunbrella awning made for us.It came with grommets already installed. I used Marti Domenici in California who does a great job.
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this one was made for us by Marti. On a 1981 31 Excella
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this one was made for us by Marti. On a 1981 31 Excella
Thanks everybody. I am specifically interested in the window awnings I showed in the photo, not porch awnings. Thanks.

Here is another great example on the front of this Shasta:
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Those are beautiful awnings on a beautiful trailer. However, I am looking something that is self supported like in the photo I shared, not slip cover style as you have. The way we use our trailer the self supported style works best.
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To your point about frameless, you are correct. Our plan for now is to have these awings at the front and rear windows. I am going to install non period correct drip rails or caps. The top of the awing fabric will attach to the underside of the drip cap using one of these types marine bimini hardware. May be hard to imagine, but when I finish it, it will make sense.
I've not seen window awnings like those before...what does the diagonal support attach to at the trailer body? I'm also curious how they hold up in wind. Our current trailer ('56 Safari) has different window frames than our '64 GT did - I haven't made the window awnings for it because the snaps would be much more obvious on the Hehr frames we have now than on the '64. I'm curious to see what you come up with.

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The awning maker can make any size you want with any special trim you need.

http://www.martisawnings.com/
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Look at 'canvas fasteners' on West Marine website.
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