Originally Posted by 19rwhid35
I have used the split PVC pipe for about 6 years one three trailer awning and it never damaged or stained the awning fabric. The one thing to be aware of it to strap it to the awning very good. I live in the SW and the wind gets pretty strong out here. I have had one blow off and into the neighbors yard.
I think it was the 4 inch rigid sewer pipe, made from PVC, off-white color. Remember, you will be sawing this round tube in half, length wise. Length, as example, if you have a 16 ft awning, don't just buy an eight footer, get a 10 ft. Then when it is split, it will be 20 ft. and will give you 2 ft from each end to lap over each other. Then, one each end of the lap over, drill a hole on each side of the arc overlap and put flat head screws in with head inside and nuts, flats & locks on the outside. This will protect the awning from the hardward, but will hold the the overlapped ends together. Wish I could draw you a picture. The first one I made, I used PVC pipe cement, but this kept me from being able to later adjust the length if I need to, and I later did need to. I can not take credit for this cover. I first learned of it from an article in Trailer Life years ago.
This unit will serve you well for protecting your awning from the sun.
I also see that you live in GA. I am an ole GA boy myself, from Barnesville, but I have not lived in GA since 1976.