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Old 02-26-2013, 10:27 AM   #1
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Awnings on Buses?

One thing as a Newbie lurking, I haven't seen any buses that have awnings installed. Is this something that most people don't do just because or is there some mechanical reason not to (like no good spot to anchor one). I speak from the position of not having a bus yet and not really knowing how the bodies are constructed, which is why I ask that here. Another reason I ask is that we really enjoy the awning on our travel trailer and would like to include one, if possible, on my future bus.

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Old 02-26-2013, 10:30 AM   #2
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Re: Awnings on Buses?

I havent done it because they are $$ new, if I can find a cheap used then we will have one
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:34 AM   #3
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Re: Awnings on Buses?

There's a really cool bus with awnings on it here:http://www.skoolie.net/forum/viewtop...awning#p139515

I just searched "awning" in the main search, but if would be cool for people who have them to post pictures here. We would like an awning also, but it seems like they are pricey and we might just make it ourselves - seems like that for everything!
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Old 02-26-2013, 12:10 PM   #4
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Re: Awnings on Buses?

We do not have one. We will most likely not have one mounted to the bus.

To explain:
We are currently living in central NM. The wind here ranges from gusts of 12 mph to gusts of 80 mph. And then you have the storms.

We had a Class C with an awning. We had to seal it to make it water proof rather than water "repellant". Big difference. The awning broke (springs inside) and repair parts are pricey. Add to that that it stayed rolled up all the time due the the NM wind and we just managed to get along without one. We did use it a lot in GA/TN/NC.

Before we had the Class C, we had a small popup (23 ft long opened up). Since we did not want to spend the rather large bucks to buy a canopy for the popup, we used a free standing "pop-up" canopy. The one we used the longest was an Ez-Up Escort that was peaked in the middle with gable ends. This allowed us to use a heavy duty tarp when the original cover rotted away due to the sun exposure. This freestanding canopy allowed us to set the canopy up either over the picnic table or over the entrance door. I originally bought the canopy from K-Mart on sale. I have since bought off brands. I do prefer the EZ-Up brand as the frame was really heavy duty. I left the thing (with a tarp on it) set up while I worked on the popup, for 18 months in TN. When we are ready for another canopy, I plan on either buying one from Wal-Mart/K-Mart or building one from either PVC or lightweight metal pipe (chain link fencing pipe). We will go cheap since we have seen too many awnings & canopies trashed by the wind.
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Old 02-26-2013, 02:26 PM   #5
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Re: Awnings on Buses?

Thanks for your reply, Lorna.

I know what you mean about wind destroying awnings. I lost an awning to a freak thunderstorm in 2004 or 2005 and I was watching the weather. I thought I had more time, but it came up so quickly. I ran outside to take it down, but it was too late. The awning ripped out of my hands and wiped out a skylight, the AC shroud, and cut up my rubber roof. Several folks in the campground also lost their awnings, the storm rolled a pop-up camper, and damaged the campground's inner tube enclosure. Luckily, I had purchased an awning rider on my insurance and the total repair was covered.

Even still, I will want an awning on whatever bus I get later. I have one on my travel trailer now (a different trailer) and we love it. High winds are not as frequent here where we typically camp in Texas, but they do happen and what I've heard over and over is: If you keep your awning out, it's not a matter of if, but when it will be damaged. So, I only keep mine out and extended only when we are there and I retract it at the slightest hint of a thunderstorm. When I feel confident that we won't have bad weather when we leave for a day trip, I will at least lower the awning to reduce the upward wind load. If I'm not confident in the weather, it gets retracted.

I also use the pop up standalone canopies when we camp in the summer, and I usually try to take them down when we leave. Come to think of it, I lost one of those to high wind as well. That was just bad luck, though.

I've looked at awning search results, but I can't find many details on the nuts and bolts of the installation, just that they are attached and look good. So, I guess unless I can find other information in the meantime, I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:03 PM   #6
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got one, best $100.00 I spent, 16 feet long .

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Re: Awnings on Buses?

Am I the only one who finds it amazing that people will use concrete blocks or little (or big) buckets filled with concrete to tie down their RV mounted awnings? David & I used to walk around the State Park we stayed in after a good storm.... to look at the damage the "tie outs" did to the RVs. My fav was the one that had the awning neatly wrapped up over the roof all the way around to the ground on the other side. The two concrete blocks had put a nice neat concrete block sized hole in the windshield in the front. And a nice hole right thru the siding towards the rear. You could see right into the RV thru the hole.
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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!
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got one, best $100.00 I spent, 16 feet long .

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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.
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... I would expect that normally $100 would not even buy the fabric itself...
And that is why we dislike about RV awnings. http://www.rvawningsonline.com/ has some of the best prices when we were considering putting the RV awning on the stupid bus.... that was until the wind in Rockport-Fulton TX trashed the awning and broke a mount (we were gone less than 15 minutes). Then I started looking for repair parts. Repair parts for an awning ranks right up there with repair parts for the RV toilet!

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.
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