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Homemade Camp Trailer Awning

Updated July 20, 2017

While spending quality time outside your RV or trailer is an all important part of the camping experience, it can be made uncomfortable without shade and protection from outdoor elements. Creating your own camp trailer awning is an inexpensive way to provide shelter from harsh sunlight and light rain, while extending the usable living space of your recreational vehicle. The fact that the awning can be easily detached and stored is a benefit as well.

Measure the length of the area to be covered by the trailer awning. Measure the desired height of the awning where it will be attached to the trailer. Mark these points on the trailer using magic marker.

Tape a long piece of string onto one of the marks. Hold a house mount flagpole bracket directly under the mark, facing upward. Slide it carefully down the trailer towards the ground until you reach the desired mounting location and mark the screw holes.

Drill pilot holes accordingly. Drive the screws into the trailer, mounting the flagpole holder securely. Repeat the above steps for mounting the other bracket across from it and directly below the mark.

Push a section of pole into the flagpole holder below the mark with the string attached. Extend the string out until it touches the pole. Raise or lower the string to intersect the pole at a height 6 inches below the height of the awning attachment to the trailer.

Measure the distance from the intersection to the end of the pole attached by the flagpole bracket. Measure the distance from the intersection to the point on the trailer where the string is attached. Cut the support pole attached to the flagpole bracket according to the previous measurement taken from the string intersection.

Repeat the above instruction for the support pole needed for the opposite side. Place both support poles in the flagpole brackets. Tie a string between the two poles at each end.

Measure the length of the string and cut a cross pole accordingly, using a hacksaw. Attach a PVC elbow connector to the end of each support pole. Attach the cross pole at both ends to each support pole elbow connector.

Measure out a piece of weatherproof canvas the exact length and width dimensions of the top of the awning. Add 3.25 inches to the width and 1.25 inches to the length. Cut the fabric accordingly.

Pin the long side of the fabric under 5/8 of an inch. Lay out a sew-on Velcro strip face down and cut it the length of the fabric. Place the pinned edge of the fabric directly over the Velcro strip, lining up the outside edges with each other.

Attach the Velcro to the fabric by sewing two parallel straight stitches 1.5 inches apart, along the edge of the fabric. Cut a 7.25-inch-wide strip of weatherproof canvas the length of the awning. Add 1.25 inches to the length of the fabric.

Lay the awning top on a flat surface, right side up. Lay the 7.25-inch strip, right side down directly on top of the lengthwise fabric edge opposite the Velcro. Sew a 5/8-inch seam to attach the front flap of the awning.

Turn under the raw edges around the perimeter of the awning and secure them with a 5/8-inch top stitch. Hand sew each of the two plastic rings 3 inches inward along the seam that joins the awning with the front flap on the underside. Cut a piece of self-adhesive Velcro the length of the awning, making sure it corresponds to the piece sewn to the fabric.

Detach the awning cross pole from one of the connectors and slide the awning onto it through the plastic rings. Re-attach the pole to the elbow connector. Velcro the top of the awning to the trailer.

Tip

Sew together fabric widths for wider awnings using 5/8-inch seams. Chose drill bits based on the manufacturer's guidelines for the flagpole bracket.

Things You'll Need

  • Weatherproof canvas
  • Upholstery thread
  • House mount flagpole brackets with hardware for 1-inch diameter poles
  • 2-inch self-adhesive Velcro
  • 2-inch sew-on Velcro
  • Drill
  • Drill bit
  • 1-inch diameter aluminium poles
  • PVC elbow connectors
  • Hacksaw
  • Straight pins
  • String
  • Plastic rings slightly larger than the pole diameters
  • Sewing machine
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Based in Southern California, Linda Roche has been writing local commercial spots and informational pieces for television since 1989. Her commercials have been seen on Charter Communication's Los Angeles networks. She was awarded the Audio Video Award in 2010 and 2007 and nominated for a CAB award in 2007. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication from California State University in San Bernardino.