Do it Yourself Awnings for Campers

by Elizabeth Sobiski
Add an awning to almost any camper for protection from the elements.

Add an awning to almost any camper for protection from the elements.

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Whether it is hot and sunny or cool and rainy when camping, sometimes you may want to escape the weather without going inside. However, you may not always be able to find shelter wherever your camping travels take you. While some campers come with awnings, many do not. There is a way to make one relatively inexpensively at home with items found at hardware and camping supply stores. This awning detaches while the vehicle is moving and can be easily reattached when needed.

Items you will need

  • Measuring tape
  • Industrial-grade adhesive Velcro
  • Plastic tarp
  • Extendable metal tent poles
  • Nylon rope, 3/16-inch diameter
  • Tent stakes
Step 1

Measure the area where you want the awning attached on the camper. Use this measurement to purchase the correct size tarp and the correct length of Velcro.

Step 2

Clean the outside of the camper thoroughly. Remove any dirt, grease, oil or bugs so that Velcro will stick properly.

Step 3

Cut Velcro to the appropriate length and peel the backing off of one side. Stick Velcro to the camper where the awning will be placed. Peel off only a little backing at a time to make sure the Velcro is properly aligned.

Step 4

Separate the Velcro. Take the half that was just removed and glue it to the edge of a tarp. Press firmly to ensure that it completely adheres to the tarp. Attach the tarp to the camper.

Step 5

Extend tent poles and run the tips into the grommets at the corners of the tarp. Use nylon rope to tie the poles to the tent stakes. Use two pieces of rope per tent pole, so that they are securely fastened.

Tips & Warnings

  • Install your own grommets if your tarp does not include them. Kits are available at most craft and hardware stores.
  • Detach the awning before driving.
  • The glue on the industrial Velcro is very strong; be sure it is exactly where you want it before sticking it into place.

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