Friday, September 30, 2016

New Optional Features On Vintage Trailer Awnings By Kristi

New optional features are now available when ordering a Vintage Trailer Awning by Kristi. I will now be incorporating these new useful features into custom orders upon request.
 
Attach name badge clips to the awning flap and then snap on your vintage string awning lights
I have added a narrow flap for attaching vintage string lights. Clasp your name badge clips onto the flap, then snap your vintage string lights on.

The flap is sewn along the extension cord channel, which is designed to hold a light weight indoor/outdoor cord.
 
Name Badge Clip for attaching vintage string lights to awning
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The channel along the trailer edge of the Vintage Trailer Awning by Kristi is designed to hold an indoor/outdoor, white, light weight, extension cord for your vintage string lights to plug into.
 Shown here with the shock pole inserted into the corner pocket for a Vintage Trailer Awnings by Kristi arched awning design.


 
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Vintage Trailer Awnings by Kristi has also added this useful feature to the awning. It is a pull-along tab for a tent pole tip. It also is a de-flapper tab. On extremely windy days, if your awning is flapping wildly, you can stake out extra tie-down lines connecting to these tabs.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

More Inventions In Progress

As each year comes and goes, Vintage Trailer Awnings by Kristi continues to add different items up for sale.
This year's invention was the Avion window awning with support arms, which also works on other windows with similar features. 

Now, I am working on the prototype for a Volkswagen Bus awning. Which is almost complete.
Forgive me if I do not show detailed pictures of some of my inventions. I am well aware that everything I post is eventually copied. 
Facings surround the underside for added structure, reinforcement for the grommets, and where the shock pole pockets are formed.
Arched Westfalia Bus Awning made by Vintage Trailer Awnings by Kristi
7 1/2' arched awning made for a Westfalia VW Bus by Kristi Foster dfoster@bellsouth.net
Westfalia Volkswagen Bus Awning made in America by Kristi Foster of Vintage Trailer Awnings by Kristi
 
Shock poles are inserted into the hidden pockets made into the facings. Hidden pockets so the awning can be set up flat or arched.

Custom sized the shock poles and tried them out today.




 Westfalia VW Bus Arched awning made by Kristi Foster
Made in America out of Sunbrella Marine Grade Awning Fabric.
Shock poles provide incline for rain run off and extra height underneath.

Waiting on a few more supplies to arrive in the mail, then my prototype will be ready to field test.


This is a Sunbrella Yellow/White 6 Bar  VW Westfalia Awning which was just mailed out . This volunteer will be taking pictures for me and field testing the awning.

 Westfalia Bus Awning made in America by Kristi Foster of Vintage Trailer Awnings by Kristi


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Tie Down Line Set-Up and Other Items

Pictured are some of the items I use while camping, that I am frequently asked about.
Name Badge Clip for hanging vintage string lights

Pulley and spring on tie-down lines

Pulley and eye bolt for pulling an awning along the c-channel awning rail

 Pulley and Eye Bolt System

 
Measuring the diameter of the opening on the end of a c-channel awning rail


Heavy Duty tent stake with spring and pulley for tie-down lines

Rope tension adjuster

I clamp this device onto the fabric covered pull cords, butting up to the awning rail, when the awning is centered on the awning rail. It prevents the awning from pulling toward you, when staking out your first tie down line. It also keeps a strong wind from sliding or moving the awning off center during a storm. (It should also clamp onto the ends of an awning with a vinyl welt instead of the fabric covered pull cord)
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Incorporating Customer Suggestions Into Next Vintage Trailer Awning

Having just returned from a Vintage Trailer Rally, I am making a prototype vintage trailer awning and incorporating some great customer suggestions. (Sold before I even could finish it!)
 One suggestion was to place de-flapper tie down tabs on the sides of the awning up near the trailer edge. Anyone who has been caught in a wind storm knows what flapping is! These tabs will provide another place for tie down lines to attach.
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 The same tabs have a double function, as pull along tabs using the tip of a tent pole. When sliding your awning welt along the c-channel, sometimes it needs a little nudge. Using your tent pole tip inserted into the tab, you can help it along without moving your ladder.
De-flapper tab and Pull Along Tab
 
Another idea I am working on today is an extension cord channel and a place along the trailer edge to hang vintage string lights.

It can get unsightly and dangerous with extension cords all over the place, so I thought this was a great suggestion. 

Channel on the underside to hide an extension cord plus a small flap to attach clips for hanging string lights


The extension cord channel, with attached string light flap, also can accommodate pockets for Vintage Trailer Awnings by Kristi arched awning design using shock poles.
My prototype goes out in the mail tomorrow. So, I am anxious to have it field tested and receive feedback.
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Monday, September 19, 2016

Avion With Small Decorative Window Awning

Recently, I created a means to attach small decorative window awnings, without an awning rail or any drilling into the trailer for arm supports. At a Rally I just attended, I had the pleasure of meeting someone who had ordered this type of window awning for their Avion.
 
Avion Decorative Window Awning


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The clip-on window awnings with support arms work on this type of drip-cap above the window.


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Simple Way To Attach Vintage String Lights to Your Awning

I am always looking for simple, inexpensive, ways to achieve camping tasks. When it comes to attaching vintage string lights to an awning, I have found that name badge clips work great.
They clip onto the valances of your Vintage Trailer Awning by Kristi, then the clear plastic strip unsnaps to accept the wires of the vintage string lights. You can easily move them around to allow the vintage string lights to dangle in a visually appealing fashion.


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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Brain Storming By The Lake With The Volkswagen Buses

Just returned from a small vintage trailer gathering, which included Volkswagen Buses. What a great group of people to spend time relaxing and socializing with. I also had the opportunity to brainstorm and invent a new way to attach an awning to the Volkswagen Bus drip rail. A big thanks to the VW Bus owners who participated in my demonstration of this new concept.

Vintage Trailer Awnings by Kristi is excited to start adding this new type of awning.
 
Westfalia VW Bus Awning Arched for rain run-off and extra height underneath
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Volkswagen Bus Arched Awning

Westfalia VW Bus with arched awning

 
Westfalia VW Bus with shock poles for an arched awning.


Trying out my new VW Awning on a Bus for the first time.




In the video, I am waving the awning to check the effectiveness of the attachment to the rain gutter on the VW Bus.


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 Making progress on my prototye VW Bus Awning