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Old 06-15-2011, 08:19 AM   #1
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Front window cover?

What is it made of? How and where is it hinged, or is it hinged? How does it stay in place when traveling?

I want to make one, figure I would do it out of luan and fiberglass, but wonder how it's attached.

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Old 06-15-2011, 09:23 AM   #2
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On my 83 T1550 it is fiberglass, attached to an aluminum frame. There is a piano style hinge across the entire lenth of the top, the slide bracket arms fit into the frame on the sides, so they are hidden when it's closed, and there are two spring pins that snap into holes near the bottom corners of the frame to keep it secure when moving.

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Old 06-15-2011, 09:39 AM   #3
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Here are a few pics that might give you some ideas.

A spring loaded locking pin to hold it closed while traveling....


The two piece adjustable support arm with locking thumbscrew.....


A rubber bumper to help protect the front of the camper against vibration......


A view of the underside of the awning showing the extruded aluminum frame, metal reinforcing supports behind the fiberglass face.......


In the view of the bottom of my awning you can see the end of the hinge that is fastened to the front of the camper. That hinge is a two piece hinge that can be seperated for removal of the window cover. It also has a cover strip like the corners of the camper to help keep water our since all fastening screws will allow water penetration.

Good luck with your newest project.

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Now for my ideas about a homemade awning. First, I'd make it with the same metal you made the door with. I'd use aluminum angle and a continuous piano hinge with aluminum conduit for support arms. The arms do not have to be adjustable so one piece on each side with thumbscrew fasteners. Make sure all screws in the camper body are sealed.

Hope that gives you a place to start. LOL!

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Wow! This looks like a multi-year project...

Seriously, great info there folks, lemme see what I can do. We are so much enjoying our little tiny travel trailer! More to do!

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You can buy the awnings around fairly easily. Just cut it down to the size you need. If you want to make the frame yourself, I've seen the complete arm assemblies available from an RV dealer.
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Anyone have two adjustable support arms for sale? Mine got damaged.
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