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Old 05-26-2004, 03:20 PM   #71
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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?
I found tent poles at REI...they had several different styles to chose from in different lengths, diameters & expansion capabilities, although the link only shows a couple.

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Old 05-26-2004, 03:23 PM   #72
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The pole diameter should be the same size as the grommet. Then the pole should have a hole drilled in the center of the end, and a steel rod should inserted/tapped in with a hammer. The rod should stick up 1.5 inches or so so that it will go through the grommet. You may want to make the steel tips a bit longer if you are going to slip ropes over them.
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Old 05-26-2004, 04:31 PM   #73
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Here is a picture of our awning at the 2003 Rocky Mtn Rally. Sorry the detail is not better. This awning had the original poles, but I don't use them for fear of bending them. I found poles at Walmart that were similar in design but inexpensively priced so if you bend one it is no big deal.
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Old 05-26-2004, 05:02 PM   #74
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Thumbs up Thanks for the pic Mark!

I forgot about that one from the rally and I think I even took it, I know it's on the rally report!!! I lust over your trailer & awning! (I got it bad, huh?!)

Maybe if I keep watering Maxwell he'll grow-up to be a '64 Overlander just like yours someday!

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Old 05-27-2004, 12:15 PM   #75
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My mom just made matching pole awnings for her '62 Bambi and my '64 Globetrotter from a trash picked house awning. My mom is very resourseful. I did have a dickens of a time finding the poles. They weren't at Walmart, Target, Dicks, KMart, Camping World...I finally did find them yesterday at REI. Wish I would have seen your post early Shari - would have saved me some time! I'll get some photos this weekend when we put them up for the first time.
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Old 05-27-2004, 12:23 PM   #76
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Please post pics...especially because it's another '64 GT

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Old 05-27-2004, 12:55 PM   #77
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And especially for the 62 Bambi
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Old 06-14-2004, 11:14 AM   #78
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Shari et al,

Our GT didn't come with an awning either, and I have the same door opening 90-degrees vs. flat to the trailer dilemma.

I'm strictly a visual guy. It's why I bought an Airstream, when a tent is quicker, hotels are everywhere, and I don't even travel very much. I'm all about the looks, and the nostalgia. So no offense to those that have these, but there's no WAY I'd put a large, metal, folding awning on our GT - it's too visually cluttered and distracting. I'm sure they work great, and with nothing to assemble, no guy lines to trip over... it makes more sense. But nope, I ain't gonna do it.

Now THIS is what I'm talking about...



Simple, effective, nostalgic looking. I think these posts are the cat's meow. They compliment the brilliance of the trailer, while their aged appearance nods to the fact they provide shade for a 41-year old Airstream.

I even found a Canadian supplier of fenceposts who quoted me $18 for a pair just like that, in birch, 3 or 4 inches in diameter.

Then, just pop the grommets of our waxed cotton awning (in any pattern we choose) over the 3" spike I'll have drilled into the posts, and game on!
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Old 06-14-2004, 12:06 PM   #79
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Thumbs up I agree 100%...

...and I'll bet yours will look just as nice as the $150,000 RL trailer in the photo!

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Is there a manufacturer out there that has ready made awnings, like the one's pictured, or have you'all made your own ?
What kind of fabric would you recomend? Is there an online source for fabric?

They all look really cool ! No pun intended

Campingworld.com has a wheel that you can attach to your door which is supposed to prevent the awning from being torn.

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Old 06-15-2004, 01:31 AM   #82
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We have talked to a local awning maker about making one. It will be made with the same Sunbrella Awning fabric that Zip Dees are made with. I'm just waiting to see if we need to rebuild or buy a new fridge first...burp baby burp!

I got a quote of $466 for the poles, stakes, guy lines, 9'x8' awning (with scallops) & snap on 'mini-awnings' for all the windows...not bad eh? For that price I'll have it made!

The Sunbrella fabric can be purchased online at Beacon Fabrics

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Hi Shari,

I am interested in individual window awnings and a large awning for my 58' traveler. The window awnings you described, do they have poles w/snaps? how do these work? Thanks for your help...

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No, the individual window awnings literally snap onto the window frames, no poles are needed. When the windows are open they help make them more visible and also provide a bit of shade & privacy. When the windows are closed, the awnings will 'close' as well or you take them off.

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