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Old 06-09-2018, 12:53 PM   #1
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Awning Design Challenge!

My fellow campers... Due to grievous operator error (me), we replaced our awning last summer. I cut loose the fabric, and we've been storing it ever since. So I thought about being able to add an auxiliary awning to our current one, as delineated in the attached drawing.

I don't want the aux. awning to be there every time, so easy detachability is key. Also, I don't want drips along the seam between the two. The track along the inside of the support tube is an obvious candidate, using some sort of tabs that clip on to the aux. awning. Anyone know about such tabs?

My Airstream is parked too close to my house to deploy the awning and figure this out, but I'm taking a trip up to Ginnie Springs on the Santa Fe River next week. I should be able to spread out up there to figure out where theory shall give way to reality. Armed with my trusty tape measure and (numerous) suitable beverages, I feel confident!
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Old 06-09-2018, 02:52 PM   #2
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Have you considered using Hook & Loop (velcro) tape sewn to the awning fringe (interior side) and coupling the corners of the 'tarp' to either end of the aluminum tube for that edge's connection? The tape comes in various widths and a 2 or 3 inch band should hold up well over a sizable distance.
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Old 06-09-2018, 05:05 PM   #3
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I have done it...on an SOB

I have actually done it on another brand of awning....the tube had a slot that you could put lights in or other attachments...I simply sewed an pipe into the sunbrella fabric and slid the extra 60 inches into the tube and made poles to stretch the fabric....I do not have pictures but it was GREAT!....almost like the mesh "See through" attachments you see at Camping World...for other brand awnings
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