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Old 03-20-2012, 01:00 PM   #1
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Awning made of square tubing

i found a bus on here that had an awning that was made of square tubing by welding hinges to triangle trelices that came out over the passanger side of the bus, however I cannot find it to save my life. Could someone let me know if you have a link to it? thanks
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Old 03-20-2012, 08:31 PM   #2
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Re: Awning made of square tubing

It's one of the tailgating busses, isn't it? I know which one you mean, but can't find it either...
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Old 03-20-2012, 09:04 PM   #3
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Re: Awning made of square tubing

I thought I remembered it being linked off of the Millicent conversion discussion, but a quick scan through there and I couldn't come up with the link. I've seen it in the last month or so.
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Old 03-20-2012, 10:31 PM   #4
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Might have been "Der Bus"... That one had a pretty impressive awning.
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Old 11-22-2012, 10:43 AM   #5
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Re: Awning made of square tubing

If you guys run in to which one it is post a link. I think with a lot of the photo galley being hosed up some of that stuff may be hard to find.

I am interested in building one if someone has some good plans. Ive looked on Youtube and some on the net but didnt see anything worth investing it. Lots of crap for pop ups but wont work in a school bus application
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Old 11-22-2012, 10:28 PM   #6
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Re: Awning made of square tubing

Thereare some folks on expeditionportal.com that have done some on their rigs,they mountedthem to the roof racks.
Might be able search them,there was also a slick blazer on k5.com that did it
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Old 11-23-2012, 08:32 AM   #7
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Re: Awning made of square tubing

I've been thinking along those lines and have a couple of doablle plans (I think), but as of right now it's all in my head.
I'm thinking along the lines of something that is fairly easy to set up and will withstand more than just a slight breeze.
Something that I can put up when I get somewhere and not have to worry about until I leave.
A friend has a tarp made of some really nice material (not really canvas, and not that cheap plastic crap) that has stood up for
a couple of years now and still looks great. It was made by a friend of hers.
I'll try to get something down on paper.
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Somewhere....

Lay down your thoughts. Im interested. I have my own set in my head maybe we can make it a group effort and make something worthy for all to use. I hate cheap crap. I have always over built verses under built. Not to worried about cost or weight but I would also like something that can deal with more than a stiff breeze. Mild tornado will work since I live at the opening door of tornado alley.

Just a few thoughts..... square tubing legs that telescope like a regualr awning. I think my biggest challenge is some way to keep it wound up in a tube of some sort and retract out of it when pulled?

Lets keep plugging away. It will happen.
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Re: Awning made of square tubing

The square tubing will provide better strength over any round tubing/piping.....
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Re: Awning made of square tubing

OK, here's some sketches I made. I think that one important thing for lasting in high wind is that the canopy NOT be fastened solidly to the bus. The wind must be able to escape. I recently bought an umbrella that is supposed to withstand 60 mph wind, it has vents in the top to let the wind out.
Here's the framework as it will look on the bus.

This shows it without the bus for clarity.

The green part is hinged to be lowered down along the side while traveling. Note that there is a green bar between the trusses, it will be welded in with diagonals for strength. The blue extensions will either slide clear inside or be inserted into the end . The extensions could be eliminated if you have a dog nose or mount the canopy in back of the front wheels on a flat nose. I wanted the canopy right behind the door. It could even be made to cover the door in desired, but there are mirrors in the way on mine. The yellow bar just slides over the end of the blue extensions. The red struts can be sliders that can be adjustable for length and also detach from the side and be used as poles straight down. The removable braces and struts can be carried on brackets mounted on the side or stored in a compartment if available.

This is some detail fo the bracket and top of the trusses. I think for most strength the red bracket should mount on a rib, by removing the rivets and then re riveting. I didn't show the bar across here. There are a couple of scenarios here. One would be to have the tarp attached to the bar and with a simple crank just roll the tarp up and leave it there. I think what I'll do and much simpler is have that bar permanent, with angle braces and have some movable hooks, use the grommets in the tarp. At the outer end I think the tarp would wrap around and under the yellow bar, using either tarp straps or ratchet straps to make things nice and tight. Ball bungees may or may not be needed at the sides. I really don't see it to much of a problem to simply take the tarp off and fold it up for transport.
I'm not an engineer, and have no idea about loads and stresses. I have in mind using 1 inch square tubing for everything but the blue extensions which are 3/4 inch.
Hope this gives some ideas.

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