Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-29-2011, 01:50 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
fivecodys's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 318
Awning Lights: Need a Better Solution

After reading the thread about tying down power awnings, I had a question but didnít want to hi-jack the thread.
We have a power awning. I love it!
The wife loves her little awning lights.
Itís my job to put them up and take them down.
Whenever we need to retract the awning I have to get the step stool and the storage box and take it all down.
I do have the canvas hangers that I leave attached all the time so itís not terrible but itís still a pain.
Why do we have to hang the lights on the awning?
Whose bright idea was this in the first place?
There has got to be a better way to do this so that it frees the awning to be rolled up anytime needed and still let my wife have her pretty lights outside.
I have looked and hanging the lights on the side of the trailer using suction cups,
I even thought about building a couple of poles that you could place at the camp site where the traditional awning legs would stand and stringing the lights between them.
Anybody out there have an idea that they would like to share?
Thanks in advance,
Bill
__________________

__________________
2009 Flagstaff 8528 RKSS
2007 Toyota Tundra DC 5.7L V8
Pullrite Superglide 14K
Air Lift 5000
Prodigy Brake Controller

"I've got a mind like a steele.. a......a steele......um.....uh...... what's that thing called again?
fivecodys is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2011, 02:02 PM   #2
Member
 
frankm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Miami, Florida
Posts: 446
fivecodys I FEEL your pain! If you DW is like mine then she has different sets of lights for each holiday/occasion! And yes it is my duty to pack the appropriate ones! We love our DWs! Unfortunately I do the same as you, up and down every time, so I will be raptly waiting to see what others do with their awning lights. Until then......where are the Memorial Day lights??
__________________

__________________
Frank & Rita M
2016 Ford F-150 XLT Ecoboost
2017 Rockwood 2703WS
frankm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2011, 04:07 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Paoli, Indiana
Posts: 220
I use those black clips that you get in the paperclip/tape/staple section but we don't have a power awning so clipping them on & taking them off doesn't require a ladder. We don't have fancy ones, just those rope ones so I lay them on the ground if we dont extend the awning. Sometimes, I don't even bother with them! A campfire is enough.

I've wondered about using shepherd hooks (the ones for hanging plants) but you'd have to move them out of the traffic area or risk getting clothes lined.

You'd link some genius would have figured out how to integrate LED lights in the awnings by now!
__________________
Karen

Enjoying the great outdoors with one hubby and 2 boxers!
2011 Georgetown 280DS
2010 Jeep Wangler 4x4 Toad
KarenS144 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2011, 06:08 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
grhodes50's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Eastern Oklahoma, USA
Posts: 2,613
Since I mostly camp in state parks there are plenty of trees to string a rope to hang the lights on. If I'm at a campground and there isn't any trees, I just turn on the rope lights I installed under the trailer.
__________________

Gary & Trish
"PT Crew Member Since 11/2010"
2017 Prime Time Crusader 315RST TE 6.0 : 2007 Flagstaff 206ST MAC Series
2012 F-250 Lariat : FX4 : CC : SB : 6.7L Diesel : 3/55 Gears

2017 Nights Camped - 4
grhodes50 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2011, 06:55 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
fivecodys's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 318
She'd never settle for rope lights. Too easy!
There's got to be little dangling things to help tangle things up .

Bill
__________________
2009 Flagstaff 8528 RKSS
2007 Toyota Tundra DC 5.7L V8
Pullrite Superglide 14K
Air Lift 5000
Prodigy Brake Controller

"I've got a mind like a steele.. a......a steele......um.....uh...... what's that thing called again?
fivecodys is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2011, 07:23 PM   #6
camping
 
tentcamper1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Elkhart, Indiana
Posts: 988
I use clothes pins on our power awning, and yes my DW found ones that are blue, green, red to match the lights. it makes it easy to pull down and retract the awning. this year I think I'm going to try rope lights attached to the gas line under the trailer. last year we saw an awning flip over and land on top of he trailer and that seemed to get me off the hook for lights when its windy out.
I agree there has to be a better way to do lights on the awning.
__________________

2007 Chevy 2500HD CC
2010 V-Lite 30WRLTS
Nights Camped 2011 -64
Nights Camped 2012 -50
"I Live in My Own World, But It's OK. They Know Me"
tentcamper1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2011, 07:51 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Captain Ron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Batavia, IL
Posts: 110
We used these...

Awning Clips (Klippy Klips) - RVWholesalers.com RV Parts

They stay on the light strings and then just clip them to the edge of the awning flap or out EZ-Up pop-up canopy.
__________________
...ron

2011 Wolf Pack 19WP
2015 Ford F250 XLT CC SB 4X4 6.2L 3.73

Captain Ron is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2011, 07:56 PM   #8
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Doylestown, PA
Posts: 38
Our awning is that high off the ground, so I guess it doesnt bother us too much.

But, I can see your point about always having to get up and down to remove them.

We use the velcro awning clips so that I dont have to remove them every time, like you have to with the metal s-clip ones.
__________________
2007 Cherokee 28A+
2007 Dodge Ram 2500 5.9 CTD 6spd 4x4 Quad Cab
www.dogandtrailer.com
DogandTrailer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2011, 11:00 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
trudinator's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 1,326
Is it too much to ask to put up a string of lights for your dear wife? I'm thinking she's done enough nice things for you through the years, and seriously, if this is the only "problem" you have, then I think you're pretty darn lucky. From one DW to another.......
__________________
2012 Rockwood 8293RKSS
2006 Dodge Ram 2500 5.9L Cummins Turbodiesel 4x4; 2012 Ford Escape 4x4. 3 very pampered cats.
Days camped: 2011: 61; 2012: 66 Days; 2013: 69;2014: 68 2015: 90 Days camped 2016: 34
trudinator is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2011, 11:15 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
grhodes50's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Eastern Oklahoma, USA
Posts: 2,613
Quote:
Originally Posted by trudinator View Post
Is it too much to ask to put up a string of lights for your dear wife? I'm thinking she's done enough nice things for you through the years, and seriously, if this is the only "problem" you have, then I think you're pretty darn lucky. From one DW to another.......
Ask him that question when it 2:30 in the morning and a sudden wind and rain storm has hit and he's on a ladder trying to get the lights off the awning so he can roll it up.

I read a post where a guy had to do this and he could see his wife looking out at him through the kitchen window with a shocked look on her face. His rain soaked underwear had fallen to his ankles without him noticing!
__________________

__________________

Gary & Trish
"PT Crew Member Since 11/2010"
2017 Prime Time Crusader 315RST TE 6.0 : 2007 Flagstaff 206ST MAC Series
2012 F-250 Lariat : FX4 : CC : SB : 6.7L Diesel : 3/55 Gears

2017 Nights Camped - 4
grhodes50 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
awning

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:10 AM.