I figured I would post my progress so far on my latest project. I have decided to create awnings for my Bunk Ends. I do not like the solar blankets thrown and clamped over the bunks, as it doesn't look very 'nice' to me anyways
. So I decided to create my own awnings.
They attach on each end in about 2 mins and come off in less than a minute before leaving camp. There are 4 webbing attachment points for each bunk, 1 steel frame pole for each awning that is attached into a mounting point on the bunk itself. Each vinyl awning has a 2" gap from the existing bunk vinyl across each surface to maintain the stock look and shape.
I still need to paint the awning frame and finish sewing the fronts pieces to each awning, but so far they have been on the trailer in the rain, snow and ~40mph winds for 2 weeks now with no rips, tear or issues (which was an accident to leave in the high winds, but I learned that they can easily handle that).
These will keep my bunk ends so much cooler during the summer and provide the rain and dew protection I desire. Plus when I am finished the colors match and the design doesn't look too bad either, but i'll wait to be truly happy until the final touches are on it to clean up the loose ends. Plus they will also block the street lights or other night lights out of the bunk for a darker room feel.
I have been thinking of taking these to a local awning, bimini top and boat cover manufacturer and seeing what the effort and cost would be to make more if I truly like them and other want them. But so far so good. Ill try to keep you posted.