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Old 04-11-2012, 03:34 PM   #1
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Cheap Awning Opener Pole

Rather than dragging a ladder around to open the two awnings requiring manual opening on our coach, I devised a relatively inexpensive approach to accomplish this task - cheap.

Although I used an old collapsible painter's pole (2-4 feet), a standard wooden pole would work fine. They run about $2 at a hardware store.

I modified an old, well-used paint roller by cutting off the roller attachment with a hack saw, bending it into a "hook", and putting heat shrink tubing over the end to prevent scratching the finish on the coach (tape would work too).

Screw the modified paint roller to the pole, and you've now got an easy way to grab the awning tape loop and open it. Retracting the awning works in reverse. A pole is WAY easier to store in the basement than a ladder, and easier to use.

Hope that helps someone!
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:03 AM   #3
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A regular patio awning rod works fine too. And they are cheap enough.

Your idea is much less expensive than the collapsible awning rods that CW sells, though. Good idea!
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A regular patio awning rod works fine too. And they are cheap enough.

Your idea is much less expensive than the collapsible awning rods that CW sells, though. Good idea!
Hi Gary, and thanks. Living in a very small town, we have to come up with "stuff" sometimes that we can't buy locally. Didn't get an opening rod with the coach (2012 Discovery 36J) when we bought it a few months ago, and paying CW for one seemed a tad silly. Having the parts to put it together for no cost seemed the way to go.
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Good idea! I need another pole and have that stuff laying in my garage. Thanks.
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great idea with the prices at camping suppliers we have to save where we can.
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My thought - every dollar saved is one more dollar toward fuel to be able to go somewhere else I've not been....
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