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Old 08-13-2016, 09:47 AM   #1
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Installing 18' A&E awning

I've got 3 choices... Everything will mount very solid into heavy material and close to right angled joints behind skirt, except rear pole in #2.

Preferred Choice, because entry door will be covered, and with West Coast mirrors I can adjust to see around frame... But, the front upright covers my air cleaner door... But, I can un-clip upright to open air cleaner door, ez fix!



With this choice, I have to build a small wing with ok'ish support for the rear upright, because it breaks at the leading edge of wheelwell. It's doable, but entry door is not covered.



This choice is the simplest, it's centered front and rear of bus, looks aesthetically pleasing... But entry door is not covered. Simple is boring, I'm not a simple person!


Having the entry door covered seems like a pretty big deal to me.
What do you all think?
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Old 08-13-2016, 10:08 AM   #2
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I like #3 best.

But when I get to that point, I'm going to build a long, short-height box (low profile, just big enough to hold the awning and poles, painted same color as bus) just above the windows. Not a big fan of visible poles, but I know I'm in the minority there.

Entry door not covered may be a problem if it rains, but not too often, right? My door will be in the middle of the body somewhere, so that won't be an issue.
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Old 08-13-2016, 10:10 AM   #3
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I would want the front door covered. We don't have our skoolie, still dreaming about it, but I would want the door shaded.
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Old 08-13-2016, 10:19 AM   #4
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I know a easy fix would be to install a longer awning... But I already have this one, it's new and still rolled in paper tube. I've stored it for several years, waiting for the right application.

I had an insurance claim back in 2010 on my travel trailer.
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Old 08-13-2016, 10:29 AM   #5
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The man wants the entry way covered, i vote give him what he wants
But in situations like this i do a few things; first is invite guidance (good job!)
Next i sleep on it.
and then sometimes i simply try one way and remind myself if i dont like it i can change it. Doing a poor install job helps when i change my mind, lol as came in handy when i realized my bed placement was all wrong and so with minimal effort i moved it. Like it sooo much better now.

Good luck!

Btw nice score on hanging onto the awning. I have a rug i held onto for 2 years, Imagining one day i might have a place to put it... And then Skoolie arrived
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Old 08-13-2016, 10:31 AM   #6
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I'd go #3 and find a mini-awning for the door.
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Old 08-13-2016, 10:38 AM   #7
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The man wants the entry way covered, i vote give him what he wants
But in situations like this i do a few things; first is invite guidance (good job!)
Next i sleep on it.
and then sometimes i simply try one way and remind myself if i dont like it i can change it. Doing a poor install job helps when i change my mind, lol as came in handy when i realized my bed placement was all wrong and so with minimal effort i moved it. Like it sooo much better now.

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Btw nice score on hanging onto the awning. I have a rug i held onto for 2 years, Imagining one day i might have a place to put it... And then Skoolie arrived
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Old 08-13-2016, 11:16 AM   #8
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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.
The problem with having it behind the door is when you step out of the door, you'll have to walk AROUND the lower support bar everytime. Guesstimated time to the first time you walk into it-2 seconds.
I have mine covered-I cut the big rubber seals on the door edges at a 45 * angle-so not to have a sharp edge hitting the awning all the time. I also reinforced the area that they do touch with duct tape.
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Old 08-13-2016, 11:26 AM   #9
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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.
The problem with having it behind the door is when you step out of the door, you'll have to walk AROUND the lower support bar everytime. Guesstimated time to the first time you walk into it-2 seconds.
I have mine covered-I cut the big rubber seals on the door edges at a 45 * angle-so not to have a sharp edge hitting the awning all the time. I also reinforced the area that they do touch with duct tape.
Good luck!
Very familiar with the door corner hitting material.
Had travel trailers for years, they make a roller for corner of door, and also a Teflon/nylon corner piece instead of roller.
I don't care for the "forward heavy" look of an awning on my bus... But, I know with my lifestyle (smoke ONLY outside & sit outside under awning every chance I get) it would be more practical.

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Old 08-13-2016, 11:29 AM   #10
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I kind of am in the same debate.
I want my front door covered.
So for now and because I do piping for a living? I salvaged enough 3/4 galvanized piping to create a standalone 10'x20'x10'6 at the bus to 9'6 lean to style and plan on using piping split rings and wall plates to secure it to the bus.
I have a dream of a piece of 6" PVC with end caps under the bus to stick the pieces in when its time to move. For now it's standalone and adjustable as needed to provide shade or rain coverage where needed like a normal shade canopy but built so the tarp will tear off before it breaks a pole?
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