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Old 11-18-2020, 05:50 AM   #1
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Bus Awning?

hello!
We just bought and built our bus this year, logged 14 camped nights so far.
Want to put on a rather large awning, but drawing a blank for a 23 foot bluebird.

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Old 11-18-2020, 05:55 AM   #2
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One for a Class B or C motorhome comes to mind...
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Old 11-18-2020, 06:07 AM   #3
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Simple DIY awning..............

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Old 11-18-2020, 12:14 PM   #4
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Johnny Mullet got the right idea

MAN!
thanks!!, the simplest and cheapest route I've seen.
I'm in, you helped me alot.
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Old 11-18-2020, 12:38 PM   #5
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Thanks, looking that direction for a few other things..budget minded
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Old 11-18-2020, 12:40 PM   #6
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One for a Class B or C motorhome comes to mind...
Cost always a factor
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Old 11-18-2020, 02:34 PM   #7
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Same skint cat, different method.
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Old 11-18-2020, 03:12 PM   #8
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Yep, smart. Works
Nice paint job!
Going to do mine spring time, stearing towards roll on tintable bedliner
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Old 11-18-2020, 03:16 PM   #9
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I went with a more complicated approach, and found some people who were selling the awning off of their camper. It's a 25 ft long carefree of colorado model. It fit perfect on the bus and works great.

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Old 11-18-2020, 03:22 PM   #10
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I see
Looks perfect up against that silver bus.
How'd you go about the paint job
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Old 11-18-2020, 04:22 PM   #11
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It's rustoleum oil based enamel, sprayed over their primer. Bought it all in gallon cans from menards. Sprayed with a cheap hvlp gun from walmart.

I'd recommend spraying over rolling/brushing. It seems to be easier and look better.

If I would do it again, I'd add a hardener to the paint, and then spray a coat or two of good uv protecting clear coat over it. Being stored outside, the enamel now has a chalky-ness to it. I think a clear would prevent that.

Do a search on here. Plenty of opinions on the best way to do it. Numerous members have shared their experiences too, soak it all in before you bite the bullet.
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Old 11-19-2020, 10:15 AM   #12
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Great information, thanks
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Old 11-27-2020, 03:13 AM   #13
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After completing our bus, we came back to the UK and found that they seem to do things very differently over here in terms of awnings. There's a tendency towards full awning rooms and inflatable 'air' awnings are very much in vogue.

The usual type is to have a straight channel rail attached to your vehicle, in which you thread the top part of the awning. Then you attach an air pump and blow up the inflatable leading edge of the awning and peg it in, like a tent. The whole process takes 10 mins. The biggest that I've found are 3mx3.9m and you can get extensions for either side to make the completed 'room' about 9m wide.

They aren't cheap, the base awning costs £850 ($1150 USD) and extensions are £320 ($425) each. Rail is cheap.

I've never seen this stuff in North America, even on the higher end trailers. Maybe I missed it? Maybe the weather just sucks a bit more over here, so we need more inside space.

, if you search for setup videos of the same product then you'll see the awning rail.
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