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Old 11-09-2013, 04:21 PM   #1
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Awning cover

Having recently replaced the awning on our 92 Solaris, I didn't want to have the same problems I had with the old awning:
1-Even when rolled up dry, whenever it would rain, even when parked, water seeped in from the ends and eventually caused mildew spots on the vinyl.
2-Leaves would collect in the valley between the camper and the rolled up awning sometimes causing stains.
3-After years in the sun, the last 6" or so became degraded and started to crack.
I'm preventing all three problems now with the vinyl cover I made. The awning now stays dry as a bone in the rain and wind, even after towing.
The top clips onto the gutter and still allows plenty of room for water to drain through the gutter. I've had it out to a campground and unrolling was simple, I just unhook the buckle at the center (buckle sewn into end of pull strap) disconnect both ends of the bungee cord sewn into the bottom edge and release the velcro and the awning is free to unroll. Putting it back is just as easy. As an added benefit, water is prevented from getting into the roller mechanism as both ends are now covered.
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That is a nice job - unfortunately our awning to way to high for us to reach
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How do you reach your flip lever and pull strap?
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Rich,

Nice job!!! Now I see how you clipped it over the gutter rail. That black clip strip, is it full awning length? Where did you come up with it?

I can't figure out the bottom inside part, did you sew the new cover to the new awning on the bottom side? I know you said the awning strap was sewn to it with a buckle or do you have a heavy cord hemmed in the bottom end of the cover to later pull tight?

I'm not envisioning if the cover stays on the camper or comes off when to set up the awning.

The awning for sure is covered up, good job.

And thanks for sharing.

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How do you reach your flip lever and pull strap?
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We push a button inside the toy hauler and it goes in an out!!!
Leo is not happy with the power awning, but I sure like it, it got very windy & rainy one night while we were on vacation, I jumped out of bed, pushed a button and went back to bed without getting a drop of rain on me and I didn't have to wake him up!!!
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We push a button inside the toy hauler and it goes in an out!!!
Leo is not happy with the power awning, but I sure like it, it got very windy & rainy one night while we were on vacation, I jumped out of bed, pushed a button and went back to bed without getting a drop of rain on me and I didn't have to wake him up!!!
I thought you were joking for a second or two, then I realized you really do have a powered awning! I didn't know any were made for RV's.
Also, I had completely forgotten about the rod that came with my camper used to extend your reach on the flip lever and the strap. I started off using it, but since my camper sits low (older Sunline design) and I'm 6'0", I don't use it any more.

John, the black strip is an automotive seat cover item. They are available through some auto trim shop supply houses to be sewn to the bottom of seat covers that need to be clipped to a rail formed into the bottom of the seat frame. This one is perfect b/c it has a ridge formed into it that catches under the ridge formed into my gutter. It clicks into place and locks the two together.
The bottom does have a long bungee cord sewn into it which then hooks to the awning upper mounting flange. The bottom of the cover is then held in tension by the cord and secured in the center with the pull strap which I sewed a buckle to. The cover has the corresponding buckle part sewn into it.
When I set up on site, I unbuckle, disconnect the bungee ends and release the velcro collars over the frame rails and the cover is free except for the gutter rail attachment which stays in place. Once it's snapped in place, it stays there. The awning is now free to be opened and closed.
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I thought you were joking for a second or two, then I realized you really do have a powered awning! I didn't know any were made for RV's.
Also, I had completely forgotten about the rod that came with my camper used to extend your reach on the flip lever and the strap. I started off using it, but since my camper sits low (older Sunline design) and I'm 6'0", I don't use it any more.

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Rich, when we had the Sunline we always had to use the "rod"....and sometimes even a step stool, depending on how we where parked!!!!
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The bottom does have a long bungee cord sewn into it which then hooks to the awning upper mounting flange. The bottom of the cover is then held in tension by the cord and secured in the center with the pull strap which I sewed a buckle to. The cover has the corresponding buckle part sewn into it.

When I set up on site, I unbuckle, disconnect the bungee ends and release the velcro collars over the frame rails and the cover is free except for the gutter rail attachment which stays in place. Once it's snapped in place, it stays there. The awning is now free to be opened and closed.
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Ah... Got it!. Neat trick. This is the best cover I have seen so far. It totally encompases the awning and tube ends.
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I do miss that about the low slung older Sunlines, just pull the awning out with no rod!
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