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Old 09-24-2007, 01:12 PM   #1
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We made our own

Here are a couple of photos of our new awnings and window covers that we made ourselves. We spent around $180 for the canvas and another $150 or so on poles, stakes, lines, snaps and supplies.
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Old 09-24-2007, 01:29 PM   #2
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Really nice job! Airstream blue, also. Congrats.
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Old 09-24-2007, 01:33 PM   #3
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Cool! Share a few more details. Looks like you were able to make these at about half the price of new ones.

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Old 09-24-2007, 01:54 PM   #4
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Cool! Share a few more details. Looks like you were able to make these at about half the price of new ones.

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I am not sure what details you are looking for. We found some nice airstream blue canvas at a local fabric place. We used the existing awning rail on the trailer which is 18'. The awning comes out from the trailer about 8'. We used our singer sewing machine and did all of the stitching. We had to seam together two strips of fabric since it was 55" wide. We used brass grommets for the poles to go through. We reinforced the outer edge for the grommets with a strip of nylon seatbelt webbing 18' long. It was triple stitched to the awning for reinforcement. Instead of using welting for attaching to the rail, we sewed a pocket on the trailer side and slid in plastic drip line hose purchased at Home Depot. Our trailer had male snaps on the streetside window frames, so we made window covers from the same fabric and mounted the female snaps to the edges and they simply snap to the windows so that when the windows are open it creates an awing for each window streetside and the rear. We made a piece for the front rockguard as shown in the photo and installed male snaps to the frame. This covers the rockguard awning when we are parked. The covers simply unsnap when you are ready to travel. Let me know if there are any other details that you would like to know and I will be happy to provide them for you.

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Old 09-24-2007, 01:55 PM   #5
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Really nice job! Airstream blue, also. Congrats.
Thanks, we very happy with how they turned out. Really dressed up our AS.
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Old 09-24-2007, 01:58 PM   #6
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I forgot, we purchased steel adjustable poles from Cabela's for around $11 each. I had priced some at REI that were $40. The ones from Cabela's are great quality and extend to 9'. Additionally, we purchased steel feet that the poles slip into and can be staked if necessary. They were 2 for $10 I think. Not very expensive for the quality.
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Old 09-24-2007, 02:20 PM   #7
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Very nice job! I have done window covers for mine, but I would like to do the awning as well. I have the fabric, I just haven't had the guts to try sewing it all together yet, I was afraid it would look awful. Yours looks fantastic!
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Old 09-24-2007, 02:28 PM   #8
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Very nice job! I have done window covers for mine, but I would like to do the awning as well. I have the fabric, I just haven't had the guts to try sewing it all together yet, I was afraid it would look awful. Yours looks fantastic!
Thanks Stephanie,

It took two of us to get the 18' of fabric through the sewing machine but well worth it in the end. My advice is make bobbins!!! We went through a large spool of good nylon thread. As you probably know you will need the heavy duty needles, we went through several of those as well. The most important thing is to have help, I do not believe that one person would be able to handle the large quantity of fabric alone on a household machine.
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Old 09-29-2007, 12:34 AM   #9
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Great job, Guys... Looks great! You sure put that sewing machine (and yourselves) through the paces, didn't you! Well worth the effort...and the resluts are awesome...

You'll really enjoy the new awnings...

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Old 09-29-2007, 07:50 AM   #10
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Finally! A thread that I can acutally contribute some useful information and "give back" to those who are alway so helpful and knowledgeable!
Here is picture of my window awings I made for my '68 Caravel... don't look at the dents! (haven't gotten THAT part of the journey done yet!)
I used indoor/outdoor fabric. There is about a 6" pocket on the underside for the window to slide into. Each is trimmed with purchased bias tape on the scallops and piping along the edges. As IHALL, mine are attached with heavy duty snaps at the top... very easy to put on/take off. Have just gotten the awning rail and will be sewing that next... have the same "plan" as IHALL. My awnings have gone through the summer fun in wind, rain, and sweltering sun with no change in the fabric.
Well... now I can't figure how to upload a picture!.. Here's a link:

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Excellent job lhall. Having an awning really adds to the whole camping experience. Say, it looks like you have a vertical awning rail on each end of your trailer. Suppose those are for adding an end to your awning enclosure, if that's what they are. Might be useful on windy days.

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Old 09-29-2007, 11:58 AM   #12
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Great job, Guys... Looks great! You sure put that sewing machine (and yourselves) through the paces, didn't you! Well worth the effort...and the resluts are awesome...

You'll really enjoy the new awnings...

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Thanks, we those pictures are from our first trip with the awnings. They were really nice to have. I see you are in Tucson, perhaps we will see you on the road sometime.
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Excellent job lhall. Having an awning really adds to the whole camping experience. Say, it looks like you have a vertical awning rail on each end of your trailer. Suppose those are for adding an end to your awning enclosure, if that's what they are. Might be useful on windy days.

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You are correct Brad,

There are vertical rails on each end of the trailer. I am guessing they were for a screen enclosure at some point. We have talked about adding end pieces at some point. We will have to keep you posted on that one.

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