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Old 06-29-2015, 10:01 PM   #1
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Awning sun protector (storage)

Here is my latest trailer mod. I live in sunny southern California, when my trailer is not being used the sun beats down hard all day long while parked in the drive way and low and behold my awning does not have the sun protector some of you lucky guys have built into the awning. well I went to the local RV store and priced the aluminum covers and they said they don't do these installations aftermarket. they said that when I replace my awning the option is there to install the roll up aluminum cover. that pretty much equates to lots of dollars. it is time to get creative or spend a lot of money in a very short time to replace the awning due to UV damage. so I came up with this for only $20.00 dollars and change and about a 1/2 an hour of labor. I used 2 full length 4" inch PVC drain pipes, split them down the middle (used a string from end to end to get a straight line with a sharpie) with a air radial cutting wheel, deburred the rough edges and spread the pipes left the connecting end so they can be joined at the middle and popped them right in. they work awesome and the waning is protected while the trailer is not being used. you can see by the photos that the drip rail helps to keep them in place at the top for full protection.
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Old 06-29-2015, 10:50 PM   #2
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very good job
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Old 07-03-2015, 09:58 PM   #3
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Do you leave it on when traveling?


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Old 07-05-2015, 01:01 PM   #4
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No I have not gone on a trip since I made these covers. I don't think I will travel with these on, I would have to store them while camping so it would be awkward.
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Old 07-05-2015, 09:28 PM   #5
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good idea, thanks for posting
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Old 07-17-2015, 02:07 PM   #6
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Is that hard PVC pipe?


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Old 07-17-2015, 02:13 PM   #7
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There was a company that had these several years ago and came in 4ft lengths and where split so you could spread over awning. They where not recommended to leave on for traveling. Later RJD
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Old 07-18-2015, 12:51 PM   #8
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The company is Awning Pro-Tech RV Awning Covers and Protection | awningpro-tech.com . I have a set that works very well.

They now come with clips that, allegedly, allow you to travel with them on but the clips didn't work for me. The clip on the front-most section stayed on and the section didn't move. But the middle and rear-most section slid all the way back on the roller, rotated down so the top of the awning was uncovered and the rear clip was lost. Luckily I didn't loose any sections. So, no more traveling with the covers on for me.
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Old 07-18-2015, 12:54 PM   #9
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Do these covers leave your awning clean and dry when rolled up so you don't get the initial shower when opening the awning?
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Mostly. I tilt my trailer toward the back during storage so the rain runs off. I put the sections on from back to front so the overlaps allow proper runoff. I have the rear section all the way back against the vertical support and the front all the way forward. I also make sure they sections are rotated up to cover the most awning material. Despite all this, I sometimes get a small amount of water, certainly not a shower.
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