My little SOB is a long way from being ready to go out but I've been pondering awning options. I love the vintage awnings, of course, but I'm thinking functional needs. I live in the northwest (think rain) and will use my trailer in the winter to go to dog agility events. Not only will it be raining but I will often have to park on concrete. It would be nice to have an easy to install awning for rain protection and one that doesn't require schlepping additional buckets of weight around. I found this interesting site for the TAB trailers. Check out the "visor." I wonder if I could make one that would fit in the awning rail. Has anyone tried something like this? Is this a totally stupid idea?
It's a cool concept and shouldn't be that difficult to create. I would guess that you would need a fiberglass rod, kinda like the an extra long tent pole, in order to create the rounded front edge. Plus it would give you the "Spring" in the awning.
Devil's Advocate, it looks like the way it is secured to the trailer, that wind could flip the awning if it were to get up under it. You might be able to remedy that with a few extra guylines. Not sure if you camp were it gets real windy.
I'm thinking the same thing as Ross, looks very vulnerable to wind. A couple of options to avoid packing weights with you would be to bring sandbags to fill once you got there, or water bags. Maybe tire innertubes filled with water and sitting on top of round pole-base plates? You could also try just a beefier guy-to-trailer-bottom than the one on the visor. Use poles, but ones angled back towards the trailer bottom, with guys also pulling back toward the trailer bottom alongside the poles, so that the tension of the guys pulls the poles straight into the ground, or attachment points on the trailer. It would require horizontal poles in the awning to keep the sides and front from collapsing, but it would allow you to avoid having to use weights or stakes...