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Old 02-27-2013, 04:33 PM   #11
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If you get an awning, get one with the Aluminum fabric guard. It costs more but will help your awning fabric survive more than just the sun.

I haven't heard of Alumiguard before. Thanks for letting me know.

You're right about the fabric being expensive. I checked out the site you mentioned, and yep... they are definitely pricey. If or when I decide to go that route, I'll need to study it closely.

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that was until the wind in Rockport-Fulton TX trashed the awning and broke a mount (we were gone less than 15 minutes).
Seems it is always windy in the Rockport-Fulton area, as well as anywhere that close to the Gulf. That freestanding canopy that I mentioned above ^^^ that I lost, was trashed in Corpus Christi while at a 4-H Shotgun competition that my grandson was participating in. We've never been there when it wasn't windy, but for some reason the wind decided to take my canopy. I guess I didn't have it all tied down properly. Thought so, but it must have not been so.
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:42 PM   #12
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Re: Awnings on Buses?

We lost one free standing canopy (cheap one) to a "whirl wind" in TN. There were tornadoes touching down all around us and we were trying to get the canopy down before going into the caves to hide from the tornados. I got lifted completely off the ground! And then it was all over like it never happened.

Now if I were to build a canopy, I would opt for shade cloth rather than a tarp. I bought my last two shade clothes from Yuma's Bargain Warehouse. I think they are in the shed at my daughter's house. I guess I might be bringing them back with us unless my daughter used them to shade the chickens and rabbits. I'm not real fond of them (the tarps not the critters). Every thing gets caught up in them. I would rather have a window screen like mesh. And any colour except black. When it got real hot, it smelled like it was melting (but didn't). But then everything smelled like that in the NM convection oven. Also would make two smaller canopies that we could bungie cord together to make one large one. This site pushes using electrical conduit pipe and/or metal chain link fencing posts and beams. Much more durable than PVC. But metal will get very hot in high temps (like in the NM convection oven we live in). Scroll down to the dk green band at the bottom of the web page. On the right hand side, you will see "Canopy Fittings"

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Canopy Fittings 1"
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More Canopy parts from Creative Shelters. This site has both PVC & metal fittings. And they not only have the parts list/diagrams for various shelters but they sell kits for most of them. Plus they have other stuff like PVC picnic table legs, 2X4 sheds and other stuff. Not the cheapest in the world but not the most expensive either.
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:30 PM   #13
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Re: Awnings on Buses?

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got one, best $100.00 I spent, 16 feet long .
What a deal! If I ever found one in decent condition for under $300 I'd jump on it!
They are out there.....
http://roswell.craigslist.org/rvs/3647343112.html 19 foot A&E RV Awning - $150 (Roswell)
19 foot wide retractable RV awning. In good clean shape. Works fine.
Maroon with gray stripe.
Includes stake out kit with augers and webbing.

Removed from a 1989 35 foot Class A.

Summer's coming. Get some BIG shade now ;)

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Old 02-28-2013, 07:54 PM   #14
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got one, best $100.00 I spent, 16 feet long .

viewtopic.php?f=9&t=5931&start=165

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Now, THAT is what I'm talking about! Nicely done and what a great price. I would expect that normally $100 would not even buy the fabric itself. Good get.

Looks like there was enough room to go even larger, had you had that available to you. Was installation as straightforward as it looks or were there some hidden gotchas that I can't see.
thank you , it wasnt to bad to put on, I got some instructions online, you need 3 people, to put it on ,
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:43 PM   #15
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Re: Awnings on Buses?

One could do a Quilbilly awning. In my case, put eyebolts in some of those Bluebird eyebrows, tie a trap to them and have poles, and if it blows away, it'll rip at the tarp eyelets. Could work, should work, and it looks like I'll be staying in public parks, or national forests.
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Old 03-01-2013, 06:00 AM   #16
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I've got a 21' awning on mine...

I love it, it gives me a dry place to work under when it's raining...

A lot of my bus has been built under the awning...

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Old 03-01-2013, 10:49 AM   #17
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A lot of my bus has been built under the awning...
That's about the same size I have on my travel trailer (probably the same make, as well) and we love it. I like to put lights on it. You can tell that I stay in RV parks, right?

So, you put yours up early on in your build then. Makes sense.
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... So, you put yours up early on in your build then. Makes sense.
Or install the awning track early on. With the awning track, you can either buy the rubber spline that runs in the track (or "fix" the track to handle one of those pipe heat cables) and sew the spline onto a regular tarp. Which is what I did for the popup once when I had a sewing machine. I have a sewing machine again. Maybe screw-&-glue a couple sections of track on the bus and some heat cable to the shade cloth. Use the old fashioned "rope & pole" set up like was on our pop-up. Heat tape is disappearing from the store shelves for the summer season and the rubber spline isn't that badly priced.. Perhaps that will work for us. We carry a ladder with us anyways and I know I can put the "tarp" in the awning track by myself since I did it on the popup many, many times. Or I can buy a rope & pole awning kit (12 ft for $195 Kit includes awning, rail, three 3/4"-diam. plated support poles, stakes, ropes, hardware and instructions). AND make a shade cloth awning. Be cheaper and store in less space than an freestanding canopy. Hmmmm. Decisions, decisions! $195 kit plus $28 for the 15 ft spline to sew onto one of my 12" shade traps which already have grommets in it. So for $223 (plus tax & shipping) I can have two canopies.. one for rain (which we rarely get here in NM) and one for shade only (biggie for NM). PLUS I can attach the the shade cloth tarps tot he front of the pole awning for a privacy/shade screen. This route is looking better all the time. Thanks for bringing it up. I had forgotten all about the old fashioned rope & pole awnings. Now I'm thinking that I might want to add a few lengths of the track above the windows of the bus to run some of the screen mesh shade cloth to use as shade awnings over our windows. It will give shade yet still let the breeze in... without the "breeze" removing the window awnings from the bus. Bear in mind that we stay parked far more than we move.



(the canopy our pop-up came with WAS this gold striped vinyl that lasted us many years)
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A lot of my bus has been built under the awning...


So, you put yours up early on in your build then. Makes sense.

I installed it right after the windows got skinned, rv windows installed and paint... Most of the metal framing inside was built under the awning... It's even nice to work under in the sun...

I have an awning for the other side, but haven't installed it yet... It only has a 12' tube, but a buddy gave me a 21' tube for free, so I'll eventually buy new material for the one that's installed and use the old material on the driver side... Gonna look for a slide in camper awning for the back as well... Camping in the PNW requires a lot of shelter from rain...
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Lorna, I had an awning like yours on the tent trailer... It worked great... It used rope for the spline thingy, and pole/rope...Tons of people were surprised how well it worked after watching me set it up at camp... Seemed like every trip someone else would see me putting it up and walk over to look at it and ask questions...
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