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Old 04-25-2005, 04:25 PM   #1
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Looking for an Awning on a budget...

Im trying to find a reasonably nice used RV awning for cheap, any suggestions on where to look. Or if someone wants to get rid of theirs...

Or even if someone knows how to make one cheap.. Please let me know...


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Old 04-25-2005, 07:03 PM   #2
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I know your putting alot of effort into your bus, so this may not do the trick for you but I plan on buying a new canvas tarp from Atwoods put some good heavy eyebolts in the roof and carry some polls to stake in the ground. I know they sell some 30ft tarps so you could have shade the length of you bus.
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Old 04-25-2005, 08:16 PM   #3
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Saw an RV in a bone yard in North Billerica, MA.
Jack's Auto Parts, try the phone book or google, or something, I don't have their phone number to hand.
The awning and supports looked to be in VERY good condition.
The RV was formerly owned by Red Hook Brewery, or at least it's decorated with all of their large grapics.

The awning is mounted on a late '80's RV, don't remember the brand.
It also has a fairly clean three-way fridge in it, among other things. I bought a small (pop-up sized) three-way fridge from them for $20, they might charge you $50 for it.
It also has a built-in vac system, and a good furnace and oither stuff IIRC.
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Old 04-27-2005, 02:29 PM   #4
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Awesome, I'll give them a call and see whats up. I wish I could get out there and see it, but I'll take your word on it. If they have it, I hope they can strip it off and ship it w/o charging me a fortune. We'll have to see...
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Old 05-06-2005, 02:14 PM   #5
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Well, I found one and got it ordered. Great Lakes Awning, in Wyoming, MI, had a few on ebay, but none of the color and size that I wanted. So I emailed them to see if they had any others. Turned out they had one 21' with red-fade fabric in stock. for about $400. So I said what the hey... other name brand 21'ers are going for like $750.

But they didn't want to sponsor my bus by giving me $80 free shipping in exchange for their logo on both sides of my bus. Just not interested they said, ha! Oh well... more freebees will come im sure.

It should be here next week, can't wait to see it and get it on there after I paint.
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Old 09-27-2005, 10:05 PM   #6
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How did it work? I'm also looking for some type of awning solution.
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Old 11-17-2006, 09:04 PM   #7
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Our awning, for reference. Made from hardware store materials, costing just under $50.


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Old 11-17-2006, 10:36 PM   #8
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Too bad I didn't see this thread earlier. There is an ebay power seller called TRI STATE SURPLUS who has some parts & pieces. He won't ship the awning & roller, but given your location that might be within your reach for a dirt cheap price. You can look through his store, he has the arms in one auction, the awning in another....
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I have bought several items for my bus from this guy, he's a good seller and fast shipper!! Got all my RV windows, one of my cargo doors, some cabinet trim etc....

The awning arms are at $75, and the awning & roller is 17' long cost $149...
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Old 11-18-2006, 10:06 AM   #9
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SeanF, try a drilled hole and a simple nail or pin to keep the lower end of your awning supports in their pipe supports.

Another idea I had just now, as I've been doing fence and gate repairs:
go to a place that sells fence and gate stuff. Then look for the 90-degree gate corners, and use the 1-3/8 inch pipe that fits it, to make up awning frames. This stuff is heavier than conduit/EMT. However, it may not have the adaptability of the EMT, with all it's fittings.....

Also, you can get top-rail-ends for fencing (terminates the top rail of a chanlink fence at the end posts), and use the same 1-3/8 fence pipe...this allows an eylet end on a pipe, and lets you pivot on another fitting. Lets you keep the awning permanently attached, it's already galvanized, etc.
Just put extra grommets on any awning material, and thread the awning on with loops of rope going through the grommets....jeez, I really gotta figure out how to use a camera and computer so I can post photos of what I'm talking about!
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SeanF, try a drilled hole and a simple nail or pin to keep the lower end of your awning supports in their pipe supports.
Good stuff... we'll see how it behaves with the first good gust of wind!
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