Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Instructions For Arching Up A Vintage Trailer Awning by Kristi With Shock Poles

Recently, I have had numerous orders for small awnings that arch up with shock poles. So, here are the instructions for making them arch up.

Once your shock pole is extended, slide the pole through the elastic loop, centered on the underside of the awning, aiming it in the direction of the corner grommet. If the shock pole has one end narrower than the other, that is the end that goes toward the pocket next to the grommet. Seat the tip into the reinforced pocket as deep as it will go.
Elastic strap centered on the underside of a 6' x 6' Vintage Trailer Awning by Kristi

Narrowest end of the shock pole seats down into the pocket next to the grommet in a Vintage Trailer Awning by Kristi

The thicker end of the shock pole seats into the pocket next to the trailer edge of the Vintage Trailer Awning by Kristi

With tension exerted on the shock pole, it will arch as you insert the thicker end into the pocket that is closest to the trailer edge of the awning. Repeat the steps for the other pole. Now swing the shock poles toward the awning, which will force it to bend in the opposite direction.. Then center where the poles cross each other, it will be close to where the elastic strap is sewn on. Slide them a few inches in either direction to find the exact spot. Go prepared with something to tie the X where the poles cross, because if it is windy it may slip from the correct  position.

Laurel Bay Meadow marine grade awning fabric. Thread colors names are Red, Cream, Honey and Medium Green
Now the shock poles will both be under tension, so you need to swing them, one at a time toward the awning. This will force them to bend in the opposite direction providing the lift from underneath.

The shock poles need to be perfectly centered where they cross each other. The elastic strap is sewn on in the center, which will give you a close reference point, but slide them a few inches to see where the best result is. Have  something available to tie the X, where the poles cross, to keep them from slipping out of position if it is windy.

The 7/16 diameter fiberglass tent poles and the rolled up awning fit into a 5" x 5" x 52" box weighing 7 pounds 7ounces.
You can figure the shipping from 30236
For sale on eBay dlf1954 seller  9-11-14  SOLD  6' x 6' vintage awning Vintage Trailer Awnings by Kristi