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Old 04-05-2012, 09:11 AM   #1
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New Awning Mod

Here have been many posters who are concerned with hanging lights, etc. off of their awning because of the threat of bad weather and having to quickly pull their awning in. I've even seen some posters on here who want to remove their power awning and replace it with a manual awning (huh???) my DH has come up with a pretty nifty mod, which you can see in the photos. It's a 1/16 inch wire rope, attached at the ends of the awning arms with snap clips. One end has an expansion spring. Required drilling a hole through the awning arm, which was pretty easy. Hang your lights from the cable, and if/when a wind comes up, just unclip the cable at each end and roll up your awning. It is designed to be able to roll right up with your awning, which it does when we tested it. So you could leave the cable and light string on it in an emergency. The lights will just hit the door, which is better than losing your awning! We'll remove it for travel. Can't wait to try it out fully this coming weekend!
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:27 AM   #2
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Nice idea...
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:32 AM   #3
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You should send that one in to Motorhome Magazine for their Quick Tips section. Might get published and you get $35.
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wow!

That will be my next mod.

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Great! Let's see a pic with the lights up!
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Old 04-05-2012, 12:42 PM   #6
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Great! Let's see a pic with the lights up!
I can take a pic this weekend. Stay tuned!!
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I drilled a pair of holes one in each awning arm a few inches "in" from the roller.

I string a portable clothsline between them (I use S-Hooks to hook into the holes)

Hang the lights from that line. In fact I "intergrated" the line with the lights.

Same concept, roll it up the lights hang below the roll. I actually like your idea a bit better.
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So, I went out and checked out my awning. Decided I could replace the bolts that hold the awning one the poles with eyebolts.

Went to the hardware store and got two 1/4" x 2 5/8" eyebolts with included nuts. Carefully removed the bolts, making sure I held the cap in place, and replaced them with the eyebolts. Tightened the nuts down to hold the caps in place and, viola, mounts for the cable/rope.

No drilling, no new holes, just a clean install. Now to get clips, spring and cable.


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Great idea!
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Wow! This is a great idea and I will be doing this as soon as I tow it home in the next week or so!! Thanks for sharing this! Can't wait to see some picks!
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I like the idea. Wonder how it could be adapted to the power awning on my DP? damned thing is like 11' in the air when it is open, never could figure out a way to have any lights or anything... it's just to high to reach!
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