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Old 06-21-2013, 04:36 PM   #1
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Possible rain guard for stowed awning

Got a 24" pc of 6" pvc tubing and cut a 10" long pc and then split it lengthwise and pop riveted a 9-3/4" length of 1-1/8" stainless steel piano hinge to it and positioned them on the awning gutter to cover the ends of the roller and awning material to see if it would stop the rain intrusion into the ends of the rolled awning material. It worked good on a 1/2" rain, but will leave them un-attached until we get a heavier rain before deciding whether to paint them and anchor the hinges permanently.
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Old 06-22-2013, 09:24 AM   #2
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Great job OC, as usual!
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Old 06-22-2013, 09:30 AM   #3
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Great job OC, as usual!
Thanks, but they are still in the testing stage to see if they really work. Don't want to fasten them to the side yet. Hopefully we will get some good rains before we head to Goshen and see how they work on the road as far as flopping. I bought an end cap to cut and install on the front if it's necessary.
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Decided while waiting on more rain to go ahead and modify the end cap and install it on the experiment. I like it much better if the whole idea works. Come on RAIN!
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:01 AM   #5
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Decided while waiting on more rain to go ahead and modify the end cap and install it on the experiment. I like it much better if the whole idea works. Come on RAIN!
I think I am liking the entire idea and since my awning is less than 10 feet, another Lowes rain gutter with "internal" end caps is in order.

If it works, may add to toppers as well.
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:07 AM   #6
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I think I am liking the entire idea and since my awning is less than 10 feet, another Lowes rain gutter with "internal" end caps is in order.

If it works, may add to toppers as well.
Don't know if rain gutters will work unless you don't hinge them. These simply hinge up and down on a stainless piano hinge. Sure wish it would rain so we can see if it works so I can paint them and actually mount the hinge into the side of the trailer.

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Finally got enough rain to check it out and it worked. It is now painted and anchored. Now to see what they do when towed. May be taking them off on the way to Goshen if they flop around.
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After we clean the roof, awning and wash the camper, we'll see if they help keep the awning from getting wet & dirty when stowed. That will determine whether they really work. Hopefully it will help at least some.
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After we clean the roof, awning and wash the camper, we'll see if they help keep the awning from getting wet & dirty when stowed. That will determine whether they really work. Hopefully it will help at least some.
Please let us know if this mod works as advertised . I am sick and tired of cleaning an awning that I already cleaned before I put it away!

I even asked my indoor storage guy for some time to dry my awning after parking the trailer in the barn last fall. I started to explain myself and he said no problem, a couple other guys already did that!

It doesn't help that the underside side of my awning is supposed to be bright white, talk about a design flaw! I guess nobody at the awning factory is a camper?
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...It doesn't help that the underside side of my awning is supposed to be bright white, talk about a design flaw! I guess nobody at the awning factory is a camper?
TOWTA and I have wondered that ever since I installed our first awning in 1975 as to why would anyone design an awning with the white exposed all the time. Why do ALL the dummies making awnings don't just reverse the material and put the dark section at the camper and the white down on the roller. DUMB, DUMB, DUMB!
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