Posted by: theurban6 | February 24, 2011

Trailer awning

I had an idea to use a tarp for an awning. The following is the supplies used, and what I did to incorporate the newest addition.

I used the following

3- Small rope cleats
2- 10′ sticks of 1/2″ EMT conduit
2- 10′ sticks of 3/4″ EMT conduit
4- 3/4″ rubber cups (like used on crutches)
4- small tractor pins
8- tent stakes
4- 1/4″ x 2 bolts and nuts to fit, don’t forget the 4 fender washers too.
50′ 1/4″ rope
1- 12’x12′ tarp

First I measured the distance between the grommets on the tarp. I then screwed on the rope cleats to the driver’s side of the trailer near the roof line.

I cut the EMT to 5′ pieces. This gave me 4- 1/2″ 5′ EMT poles, and 4- 3/4″ 5′ EMT poles. This is enough to make 4 extendable poles.
1- First clean up the cut ends with a file.
2- insert the cut side of the 3/4″ emt into the crutch cup
3- at the top of the 3/4″ emt pole measure down 6″ and make a mark, measure another 6″ and make a second mark, measure another 6″ and make another mark. This will leave you with 3 marks at 6″, 12″, and 18″ from the top of the EMT.
4- using the appropriate sized drill bit (sized to the tractor pin {I used 1/4″ pins}) drill a hole straight the EMT.
5- Measuring from the uncut side of a stick of 1/2″ EMT measure 2″ and drill a hole (same size as above).
6- Insert one of the bolts into the cut side of the 1/2″ EMT just far enough to get the head (hex side) of the bolt 3/4″ into the pipe. Then using a hammer fold the EMT in around the bolt. Once you can not pull the bolt out, install a fender washer and nut on the bolt and tighten it until it is snug. This keeps the bolt from going further in the pipe, and the washer helps support the tarp grommet.
7- Then slide the 1/2″ EMT into the 3/4″ EMT. You will be inserting the side you drilled a hole into, into the side that you drilled the holes into on the 3/4″ EMT.
8- align the holes and insert the pin. The holes make the pole adjustable between 8’6″ to 9’6″ in 6″ increments.

The Tarp can then be pulled onto the trailer top with one end tied to the side of the trailer using the cleats. the corner of the tarp should be on the front driver side corner of the trailer. This will give you a few feet hanging off the back. Then going to the passenger side of the trailer the poles are inserted into the grommets and extended up till the tarp is at a suitable angle for run off. Using the rope and tent stakes you will secure the poles from moving. That is it. Awning finished.


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