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Old 10-06-2017, 09:40 PM   #1
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Default New Cheapskate Awning setup under $60!!

My Roadtrek came without an awning. I thought an awning would be a good idea. I thought a $1000 awning was a bad idea. My solution?

- 4 aluminum (electrical conduit from Home Depot) poles @ $2.85 each
- 2 1/4" X20 carriage bolts @ .15
- 2 1/2" dowel plugs ... (scrap laying around)
- 4 Airhead suction cups @ $4.95
- 1 Heavy duty UV resistant boat tarp ($19)
- 2 fender washers (.40)
- 2 cord thimbles (.85)
- 2 tent stakes (spares from RV)
- 2 hitch pins (.95)
- 2 wing nuts to secure cord assembly to rods
- parachute cord ( spare from tool box)

It rolls up in a VERY compact package and fits in my driver side lower external compartment. Weighs less than 10 pounds. ..... eat your heart out Fiamma!
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Old 10-06-2017, 09:42 PM   #2
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+1 +1

and it will never jam
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Old 10-06-2017, 10:15 PM   #3
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+1 Probably handles the wind better, too.
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Old 10-07-2017, 03:03 AM   #4
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Nice awning!!


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Old 10-07-2017, 04:55 PM   #5
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I'm so going to try this. Awesome post.
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Old 10-07-2017, 07:55 PM   #6
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Congrats for coming up with an alternative. I wonder if something like this, but sized accordingly, would be practical for the refrigerator side? Ron
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Old 10-07-2017, 08:10 PM   #7
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Are you tall enough to put the awning on without a ladder?
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Old 10-07-2017, 10:04 PM   #8
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I am not quite tall enough to attach the suction cups.... need 6 inch boost. I am 5'9" tall. The suction cups are called "airheads" and are used for boat tarps. They are very strong, and cannot be pulled of without releasing the lever.

The threaded part is a 1/4" X 20 carriage bolt pushed through a drilled out piece of wooden dowel.

The little poles nest inside the big poles when not in use.
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Old 10-07-2017, 10:06 PM   #9
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Ron, another could easily be put over refrigerator side. Yes.
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