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Old 11-08-2018, 09:32 AM   #1
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Vintage Pole and Rope - Best poles to purchase?

I just received new custom awnings from Marti and now need to partner up some decent Poles!

http://martisawnings.com/

Who is making a quality, preferably Made In USA, pole to go with the vintage setups?

FWIW Vintage Trailer Supply is on back order with no ETA at the moment. I'll update when I hear something from VTS.

Any assistance is greatly appreciated!
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Old 11-08-2018, 11:07 AM   #2
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I used adjustable fiberglass painter's poles from Home Depot. Just had to modify the top to fit the grommets on the awning. Easy to adjust to any surface and telescope down for easier storage.

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Old 11-08-2018, 11:16 AM   #3
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Roger that Sam.

I've been looking at these adjustable style as well... Not Vintage look, but seem sturdy and would be ultra functional.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BSF1XGT...1-e3e0905aaaad

Adding: I think any of the adjustable poles would be much easier to use in the field as well. Again not vintage, but a little modern with the old
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Old 11-08-2018, 06:42 PM   #4
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I got mine at Cabelas
https://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabe...E&gclsrc=aw.ds
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Old 11-08-2018, 08:15 PM   #5
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Old 11-08-2018, 11:21 PM   #6
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I've used different poles over the years, the ones that Marti offers are the best of the best. I would suggest though you find a set of heavy duty stakes (or make them yourself) that are made out of a piece of angle-iron, cut on one end to a long point. The end where the rope would attach has a welded hook on it where you use a large spring to attach the rope too (not the stake). This will allow the awning rope a little give/take on real windy days. I've used this setup at the OBX, NC on windy nights/days (everyone else took theirs down) it will make it through the hardest winds!
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Old 11-09-2018, 08:12 AM   #7
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Rideair thanks for the hint on the springs we will try that in the future. Sometimes you just need a little give to ride it out. Like the stretchy string in tent poles.

We use bungies and water buckets or garbahe cans at home to give the easy up some give when gusts come thru.
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Old 11-09-2018, 10:16 AM   #8
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Poles!

If you want to go cheap until you can get the ones you want, you can use steel conduit. Less than $5 apiece. Cut to length and a bolt through the grommet into the conduit and your rope from the top of the bolt to the stake.
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Spartans RULE!!

“need to partner up some decent Poles!”

I'm happy with 1-1/2” bamboo. Bought 'em at the garden center for $5. Cut to 7', store under bed.

DIY $50 Hillbilly Awning…

Didn't want the glamor of stripes, tassels and scallops, so stitched up $20 worth of blue, “roll-end” sale, genuine Sunbrella with my 1954 Pfaff 130. Any damn fool can sew a tarp. Dog-eared the corners and set the stainless grommets so the tarp drapes with a little fascia to class it up. Good enough for who it's for...

Foot long galvanized nails, nylon clothesline, screw-eyes, rubber cups, the bamboo cut-offs make excellent rope cinches…

And don't forget the stainless sail blocks so you can thread the rail by yourself, standing on a 6-gallon milk basket.
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Old 11-09-2018, 03:19 PM   #10
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Glad to hear Marti is still sewing. 100% quality material and work. Have not found poles better than the ones from her in 12 years. Last awning & poles are now 6 yrs old and good as new. When it come to stakes you prob have sand spades & cork screws. Good sometimes. But I also made 3 24 inch X 7/16 rods from solid stainless. Slant cut on driven end and bent round eye on drive end. they drive through loose dirt, gravel and clay and hold. We also put a solar spike light next to each for those dark or "tipsy" nites! Use to be Marti would sew in gromet strips & or nylon tabs to attach lights or hang things, very usefull.
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Old 11-09-2018, 03:24 PM   #11
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Whoa. Alumininum, never seen that. You can be pretty D sure I'll use that sail block idea just as soon as I find one. Thanks..
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Old 11-09-2018, 04:50 PM   #12
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Quick question how big are your awnings? We are also considering a pole type awning but I wonder if it would just be too much of a hastle with our 27' Overlander. It seems like pole type awnings work well on small trailers but I never see them on anything bigger than a Bambi or Tradewind.
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Aluminumiumium very nicely done. Now to find all these posts some day.
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I made a set of awning poles based on the idea that I got from 48Rob at: http://repairingyesterdaystrailers.y...les#reply-2416
My version was a little different because I couldn’t find the copper stub-outs like he used.
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