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Old 05-25-2004, 08:07 PM   #57
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And a couple more...these are Jason's trailer with the "Canvas Replacement" Awnings discussed earlier...in post #5

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Old 05-25-2004, 10:53 PM   #58
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hhuber,

If I can figure out how to post a picture I can show you what ours looks like from our 1960 Overlander. It's the pole type. We used it last year on Memorial Day, a big storm came up and popped the guide strings... I think they must have been original. We hope to change it to something more stable one day.

Shari, if I can't get the picture posted can I email it to you and have you do it?

Will try it now.

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Old 05-25-2004, 11:18 PM   #59
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Can't seem to post the picture. I have all my photos on my computer, but don't know how to resize the photo in my photo software....never seems to work. I use Windows Explorer to look at my potos.


Looks like there are may links Shari and others gave that have the similar awnings like ours if you need another, I'll see if I can get Shari to post it.

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Old 05-25-2004, 11:20 PM   #60
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Shari, if I can't get the picture posted can I email it to you and have you do it?
Absolutely...send 'em & I'll post 'em!

I remember yours from last year's VAC rally...it's very cool, & very original! Please send photos...especially any detail ones you may have, like how/where the grommets are attached, the poles...etc. I may just have to come up to your place & take some photos before I start making mine....

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Old 05-25-2004, 11:49 PM   #61
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Shari and Ms LR,

I may be able to help a little with the reference photos since I have been using them for wallpaper since Ms LR
emailed them to me some time ago.
Are these the ones?
Ms LR, I'll be glad to try to help you with info on resizing and posting photos if you like. I'll email you.
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My husband and I have looked at several awnings, but man the prices are just too high for our budget at this time. This awnings would be a great alternative, but how does it store? Since they do not look like they have the tension rod (whatever that roll up rod is), in order for it to neatly roll back into place for traveling---how are they installed and how do you travel with it? Do you have to take the whole thing down and put it in the AS when not in use???
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Do you have to take the whole thing down and put it in the AS when not in use???
Yep...you do, at least when traveling. The way I am going to make mine, we will be able to roll it up & tie it in place when we go away for a "day trip" or at night when the winds can kick up.

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Those are the pics Rog, Thanks

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Here's a better one of ours, longer ropes helped tighten it up.
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I love the look! This reminds me of our first tent that we used for years with our family. We bought it used, a huge tall Sears family tent that had a canopy similar to yours with the scalloped edging. When we set her up, it always made me feel we were wandering troubadours from the medieval time! I would imagine that rolling it up and tying it in several places securely would make it travel worthy. You might even design a zipped cover for it that you could slip on once it was rolled up and even store your poles and lines in it. If made out of oil cloth and seam sealed, it could be pretty weather protective when on the road. Enjoy!
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Thumbs up Thanks for the additional pic Jason!

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I would imagine that rolling it up and tying it in several places securely would make it travel worthy. You might even design a zipped cover for it that you could slip on once it was rolled up and even store your poles and lines in it.
A & E makes an awning that does this just that...rolls up & stores above the door on the trailer.

The complaint I have heard is that it abrades & scratches the trailer as you're traveling. After all the hours required to polish, the last thing I'd want is to have the awning damage that shine...

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I've had 2 main problems in using the pole style awnings.
1. They collect rainwater and sag or collapse.
2. The top of the door rubs against them when you open and close it.

If I had it to do over, I would add 2 telescoping tent poles with a cord tied between them in clothesline fashion like in this sketch to increase the pitch angle and make more headroom.

Another problem with these awnings is of course tripping over the tie down ropes but after a few nose dives, one learns to be careful.
Bright colored rope might help.

The 14' awning on Mrs LR's Overlander (formerly mine) folded nicely into a compact little square bundle and was easy to store in a closet along with the tent poles. Rolling it would have created a storage problem. Installing and removing it from the track really isn't much of a hassle after you've done it a few times. Much easier than setting up a tent.
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Old 05-26-2004, 02:49 PM   #69
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Tents and awnings

Hiya, I've been lurking around trying to find out the options for a free standing awning. I like the DYI option and I searched the internet for poles. Whilst searching, I ran across this site:

http://www.tentsmiths.com/

Not EXACTLY relevant, but maybe somebody needs a yurt?

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We don't need yurts, that's why we have airstreams!

Cool site! I had no idea there were people who made this stuff. Amazing!

So, have you had any luck deciding on what the poles should look like? I'm guessing the grommit in the tarp should fit over them, and then there must be a stopper of some kind to keep it from sliding down too far. Then the rope ties to/threads through the top of it? Can anyone elaborate?
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