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Old 04-16-2017, 06:43 PM   #1
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I must admit, your rig looks super sharp. I'm not sure what the awning mod is, yet but I obviously have more research to do.
The awning modification I was referring to has to do with aluminum support arms attaching to the end of the awning down to the ground. Enabling the use of sun shade or privacy tarps to be used.
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Old 04-16-2017, 06:53 PM   #2
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The awning modification I was referring to has to do with aluminum support arms attaching to the end of the awning down to the ground. Enabling the use of sun shade or privacy tarps to be used.
and what happens when it retracts automatically, like mine did 4 times this weekend when some wind activated the sensor?
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and what happens when it retracts automatically, like mine did 4 times this weekend when some wind activated the sensor?
Seems like many folks on the big sticky forums ultimately end up shutting that auto retract off.
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and what happens when it retracts automatically, like mine did 4 times this weekend when some wind activated the sensor?
That's the easy part just turn off the power after deployment , We normally have it turned off when traveling. The rest is still in my head bouncing around.
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The awning modification I was referring to has to do with aluminum support arms attaching to the end of the awning down to the ground. Enabling the use of sun shade or privacy tarps to be used.
That sounds like a good idea. If one could even use a locking extendable fibreglass or aluminum pole, it would be easy to rig an attachment to the awning and pin it to the ground.

Just thinking. I have a couple light two-piece aluminum tarp poles that do this. They have a 1/4" pin on the top intended to go into a tarp grommet. I could maybe drill a hole in the lead rail (or find another way of fixing it), insert the pin on the pole, and use a small rope or ratchet strap to tie this back to the ground. It would be a very stable setup. Maybe then just clip the sunshade to the awning fabric. Easy peasy.

We too like to use a lightweight sunshade when the heat is beating down on us. Beer helps, but it does not stop the skin from melting.
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That sounds like a good idea. If one could even use a locking extendable fibreglass or aluminum pole, it would be easy to rig an attachment to the awning and pin it to the ground.

Just thinking. I have a couple light two-piece aluminum tarp poles that do this. They have a 1/4" pin on the top intended to go into a tarp grommet. I could maybe drill a hole in the lead rail (or find another way of fixing it), insert the pin on the pole, and use a small rope or ratchet strap to tie this back to the ground. It would be a very stable setup. Maybe then just clip the sunshade to the awning fabric. Easy peasy.

We too like to use a lightweight sunshade when the heat is beating down on us. Beer helps, but it does not stop the skin from melting.
Exactly! I was also thinking of a base plate with a small spike on the bottom. This way if we go on a day trip or fishing just discount upper attachment and retract awning while gone.
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That sounds like a good idea. If one could even use a locking extendable fibreglass or aluminum pole, it would be easy to rig an attachment to the awning and pin it to the ground.

Just thinking. I have a couple light two-piece aluminum tarp poles that do this. They have a 1/4" pin on the top intended to go into a tarp grommet. I could maybe drill a hole in the lead rail (or find another way of fixing it), insert the pin on the pole, and use a small rope or ratchet strap to tie this back to the ground. It would be a very stable setup. Maybe then just clip the sunshade to the awning fabric. Easy peasy.
I already have a privacy screen I can hang from the awning lead rail. So, I am all ears to hear this idea concerning vertical support poles for the new awning!
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I just wish we had enough sun to need a shield it seems like all get is rain lately. Never really needed to use the air conditioner or felt the need to get out of the sun when camping around here. I'm getting air for my new 5.0 too - wishful thinking!
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I already have a privacy screen I can hang from the awning lead rail. So, I am all ears to hear this idea concerning vertical support poles for the new awning!
Just musings rumbling through my mind for now. First I have to get out and really give this new awning a go, and see what our needs really are.

In the past we have found we mostly use the screen on the side, and kinda tuck ourselves into that corner under the awning, though on a couple occasions, and really never put it along the rail, BUT this was with an awning where we could dip the rail down as low as needed.
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Wondering if the Dometic factory LED light option just plugs in to the awning harness then attaches to the rail....
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The awning modification I was referring to has to do with aluminum support arms attaching to the end of the awning down to the ground. Enabling the use of sun shade or privacy tarps to be used.


Tin,
Any progress on this? I am on the same page as you and Jim Bennet. Just have not come up with the right solution.


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