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Awning that works - simple...

Discussion in ''How To' & 'Handy Hints'' started by gdrabs, Nov 28, 2021.

  1. gdrabs

    gdrabs Member

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    I have the original awning rail with a Keder sail track that I removed years ago. After giving Wilson a bit of a clean I decided to re install it and realising just how simple and effective it is, I thought it would be worth sharing for handy hints.
    The rail was originally fitted back in 1976 when VW supplied a Harbour Blue kombi for camper conversion over here in Western Australia.
    It's a simple steel rail with gutter clamps and a aluminium sail track with the rail secured to the VW Campmobile luggage rack. The original tarp, canvas and guy ropes are still packed away under the house somewhere;) I grabbed a couple of the original poles and 2 new adjustable ones with a spreader for a peak and a new Reinforced Poly Tarp with Keder rope edge from econotarps. These are well made... check out econotarps.com.au in Bayswater WA - they deliver Australia wide.
    I couldn't find the gutter clamps so formed up some new ones from a bit of 3mm steel galv with round head bolts tucked neatly away to avoid catching the pop up - upper lip.
    The awning can be done with just 2 pegs and 2 poles but 4 pegs and 4 poles is rock solid and gives a peak - as set up in the photos.
    After looking and reading all the developments and ideas - I've just gone back to 1976, easy.... :)
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  2. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Nice work !
    I think you’d need to drop that apex considerably I’d wet weather, otherwise you’d have a torrent directed at the door.
    First time I’ve seen anything like this…..are you saying that it was part of a VW endorsed fitout, like Sopru ?
    Interesting, as there is nothing like this mentioned in the Campmobile handbooks…..
    As you say, a nice simple awning.
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
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  3. gdrabs

    gdrabs Member

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    Good point Mark, light rain ok - torrent I could move apex to the eyelets closer to dub (and lower poles).
    It was fitted at time of original fitout, not sure as official option? If no records - probably not, just a local thing... Wilson is going on display next weekend at 'the day of the Volkswagen'. I got in touch with the original owner who is now 96 and is coming with his family to be reunited with his old beloved kombi :)
    He still has a lot of fond memories and I'm told often reminisces to his family about Wilson. He kept a log of every kilometre he did in the kombi until the day I purchased it :)
     
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  4. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    So nice to have a kombi with such provenance :cool:
    Enjoy the show, I’m sure Wilson will be a star ….
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
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  5. gdrabs

    gdrabs Member

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    Thanks Mark, should be a good day...
    If it rains I'll move the poles...;)
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    The back of the Keder rail sits about 30mm inside the gutter line and forms a channel with the tarp, but any overflow should fall on the pop top skirt and into the gutter. If winds blowing hard, shut door (but should drop tarp anyhow).
     
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  6. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Only way to know what really works, is to have rain when you’re camping…..
    You’ll know pretty quickly what adjustments are needed !
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
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