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Attaching a lightweight tarp to the side of caravan, utilising the aluminium track previously installed for an annex


I have the tarp, just need to know best/easiest way to attach a "rope" to it, so that it can slide into the rail.

 

Any ideas?

 

Instead of putting up an awkward, awning, with a number of poles, we have bought a gazebo that is erected very quickly. To sit alongside of the van, but needs a tarp over part of it, to avoid rain draining toward the van.



-- Edited by Cardin Bob on Tuesday 15th of February 2022 02:07:33 PM

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Hi Bob,

The only way to do it properly is to take it to a canvas works/sunshade manufacturer to get the cord sewn in firmly otherwise it will just rip out.

I actually had a previous side privacy screen corded with a smaller diameter cord, as the large one didn't fit the sail track on the awning roller of my new van.

It was done in Bunbury by a sunshade company, about $80 for a 5m screen. To me a lightweight tarp is not going to last the distance, maybe look at a better one off the shelf...............

Awning are quick and strong when left attached to the side of the van, with a couple of guy ropes.

Cheers Bob



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Attaching a lightweight tarp to the side of caravan, utilising the aluminium track previously installed for an annex


Thanks Bob.

Yes. You are right, but for what I have in mind, my lightweight waterproof tarp should do the job. It is only 2m wide with 3m to be attached to van.

Thanks again.

Bob

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If it is PVC, it can be effectively glued with PVC pipe glue.
Prime it with the primer first, apply the glue to both sides, wrap it over the rope and clamp it between 2 pieces of wood until the glue sets.
Try a bit with the primer and glue first.
Cheers,
Peter

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Thanks Pete.

I bought a length of awning Canal tape, that has the rope (plastic compound), incorporated to a strip where the tarp fits in the middle.

I hand sewed it onto the tape, and I will now apply some glue to add some protection for the sewing thread, and a little more strength.

It fits well.

Thanks for your advice.

Regards

Bob

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In the photo, I have a very large tarp, stretching right over the top of the van. With my new tarp, which is about a third of the size, and slips neatly and more securely into position, over that part of gazebo, where any rain would have flowed into the gap between van and gazebo.

This arrangement is to avoid having to put up an awning with a lot of heavy tarps and numerous poles and ropes.

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