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Old 08-13-2016, 02:53 PM   #11
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I say go with #3 and move the door to the middle of the RV. Easy fix.
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Old 08-13-2016, 03:06 PM   #12
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The problem covering the door is at the angle you'll probably have the awning, it will flap + hit the top of the doors. And you'll have to make sure the doors are closed when opening + closing the awning.
I totally agree. Had that situation on a travel trailer. Easy to overcome though by moving the top anchor up farther above the door and setting the poles high enough to reduce the angle.

I'm doing #3 on my bus but will be moving the door midships between the wheels.
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Old 08-13-2016, 03:27 PM   #13
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I say go with #3 and move the door to the middle of the RV. Easy fix.
Trust me, that's the one I prefer....



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Old 08-13-2016, 09:10 PM   #14
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MM, I don't care what you want---#3 is by far the most eye pleasing. The other two will probably get you excluded from (or thrown out of) most rv parks.

Whatever you decide, be sure to make a lock down device so the roller can't roll once it is rolled up against the bus. Last spring driving against 70 mph wind gusts in the Mojave desert on I 40 in Ca, I watched two S&S motor homes have their awnings ripped off their sides after unfurling in the wind. A few seconds later I heard a noise like a tire tread coming off and hurriedly pulled to the shoulder---it was the awning trying to unwind itself in the wind. It was a close call and I saved the awning but I now have a locking system in place to prevent a repeat episode. Jack

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Old 08-13-2016, 10:08 PM   #15
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MM, I don't care what you want---#3 is by far the most eye pleasing. The other two will probably get you excluded from (or thrown out of) most rv parks.

Whatever you decide, be sure to make a lock down device so the roller can't roll once it is rolled up against the bus. Last spring driving against 70 mph wind gusts in the Mojave desert on I 40 in Ca, I watched two S&S motor homes have their awnings ripped off their sides after unfurling in the wind. A few seconds later I heard a noise like a tire tread coming off and hurriedly pulled to the shoulder---it was the awning trying to unwind itself in the wind. It was a close call and I saved the awning but I now have a locking system in place to prevent a repeat episode. Jack

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Old 10-20-2016, 11:12 PM   #16
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Bit the bullet and went with #3...
Tonight, I installed the bottom feet with an 18'-5" center.

That was the measurement for the awning poles and endcaps, plus that measurement breaks between #1 & #2 window and #5 & #6 window perfectly and doesn't interfere with my under storage bin.

In the next few days, I'll drill into my horizontal beams and install my top mounts, sealing everything with white butyl rubber.


Then I'll drill 57 holes to pop rivet the top rail holder... (Sealing with more butyl rubber) Still gotta measure where the rolled up awning will lay so it'll have a slight fall to shed water while rolled up.

To further insure the awning won't open while traveling, I'll add stainless steel lashing buckles and lash the poles to the side of the bus with webbed nylon straps with a tension buckle.

Taking it slow, because I don't like punching holes in my exterior skin in the first place

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Old 10-20-2016, 11:20 PM   #17
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I'll install these vertical on each side of the arms, then nylon webbing horizontal


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Old 10-21-2016, 08:53 AM   #18
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Looks like a good plan to me...keep the pix coming!
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Are you wanting a full awning above the door? Or is there a chance that you would (or better still, could) add a 2nd "window" awning above the door? I admit I'm not a awnings guru, but that might work.
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Are you wanting a full awning above the door? Or is there a chance that you would (or better still, could) add a 2nd "window" awning above the door? I admit I'm not a awnings guru, but that might work.
I'll just stick with my 18' version... it was left over from an insurance claim on my travel trailer back in 2010, carried it around for several years still sealed new in tube. this way, I won't have to outlay any cash
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