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Old 03-10-2016, 02:29 PM   #1
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Smile Bunk End Awnings almost complete!

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.
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Old 03-10-2016, 02:34 PM   #2
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Looks like a great idea!
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Old 03-10-2016, 02:40 PM   #3
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Wish I had something like that on my Kodiak back in the day. Looks nice. Good thought.
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The ends are nice and I do not like the look of Pugs, prefer the natural look of the ends, but sometimes we don't even put them out if it is too cold, or Very hot seems to be a waste of energy. This is my second season with the Roo 23ikss so we have to try different things, first weekend out in NJ is 4-1 to 4-3 so we will see how cold it is. We do most of the camping in May-November anyway.


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Wow!! Those things look fantastic. I too don't like the look of the Pugs... Great job!! Good luck!!


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More pics please?


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Old 03-10-2016, 03:01 PM   #7
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We were just getting ready to order PUGS. Now you have me rethinking this.
Does your cover have any thermal quality? My primary interest in PUGS was to help contain heat in my camper in cold weather.

Regardless, looks like a very nice idea and execution.
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We were just getting ready to order PUGS. Now you have me rethinking this.
Does your cover have any thermal quality? My primary interest in PUGS was to help contain heat in my camper in cold weather.

Regardless, looks like a very nice idea and execution.
Thanks, I will have more pictures when I get a few more details done in the next week.

I still need time on them to ensure what their advantages are in different weather, but so far ... keeps bunks perfectly dry (except for the exposed bunk sides), keeps the bunk room shaded from direct sun heat, keeps the wind from buffeting the bunk on the top, and keeps the bunk darker at night, also allows you to open the windows in the rain.

What I want to see is if it keeps the bunk somewhat warmer (but remember these bunks and awnings are just canvas and vinyl) they wont ever keep much heat in.

I definitely will send more pictures of the prototype. Maybe Ill take a video or something next week when i finish them to show how easy it is to install them and set them up.

If I were to guess about availability to others (if they end up working out and looking good), I would have a shop to manufacture them sometime by the summer.
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If these work out, I could see you competing with Popup Gizmos for the Hybrid and Popup market.
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Those look awesome! Please more pics..


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