How To: Homebrew X-Awning

jmnielsen May 17, 2012

  1. jmnielsen

    jmnielsen Need Bigger Tires

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    **Mods feel free to move this if it is in the wrong place**

    I wanted an awning for my Xterra, however, I did not want to pay out the rear for something I can get at Home Depot for $40. So I went to Home Depot (and Harbor Freight) to get my supplies.. shown below!

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    - 3 X 10' of 1" PVC pipe
    - 6' piece of whatever that steel is called
    - Hack saw
    - Grommets
    - Camo tarp
    - 3 X 2 1/4" exhaust clamps
    - 2 X 90* PVC Elbows
    - 4 X PVC end caps (You only need to, I'm an idiot)
    - Gloves from HF, because they were free!
    - Bicycle Pump
    - Bungee Cord
    - Bicycle lock
    - Duct tape
    - Shop towels (for when you cut yourself with the hack saw)

    Take your exhaust clamps and put them on the roof rack. Put the back side on first, then add the steel rail to the front and tighten down the nuts.

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    I went ahead and chopped the extra bolt off, because I want to be able to roll the tarp up an strap it down, and those would have gotten in the way.

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    I then added more grommets to the tarp, because 3 on one side was insufficient. I did not get pictures of that because I hit my finger with a BFH. Once I got the extra grommets on I took some hardware I had left over from another project and bolted the tarp to the rail in 7 places.

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    I cut a 6' piece of PVC, because that's how long the steel is. I zip tied that piece of PVC to the tarp. As you can see it added two sets of grommets on one side for that reason. Admittedly, I need to find a better way than zip ties but it will work for now.

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    After that I added the 90* elbows to the PVC pipe, and cut two lengths of pipe that are 6'5" long for the legs. Once I put those on I set it up to see how it works!

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    I'm going to get some paracord and stakes so I have anchors for it, but I didn't feel like running to the store again. Hopefully you all enjoyed this, and copy the **** out of this! I know you all going to Moab could use a nice awning for taking a rest in the shade after running some trails!

    Oh yeah, here it is all rolled up!

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  2. J Everett

    J Everett Suspension Lift Founding Member

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    I've got something nearly identical to that, except for the muffler clamps and the shelf leg piece. I just tie the tarp grommets off to the roof rack rails. But your idea is solid; I like it. Good job!
     
  3. jmnielsen

    jmnielsen Need Bigger Tires

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    Thanks! I like it, because its six nuts and then its off.
     
  4. AaronsX

    AaronsX Suspension Lift Founding Member

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    Thats clever and awesome! Great mod for camping!!!
     
  5. xterror04

    xterror04 Site sponsor Founding Member

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    wow good job man
     
  6. RATTFINK

    RATTFINK XN OG Admin. Founding Member

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    Love it! I have been thinking of ways to add an awning to the X.

    I'll move this thread to a place it won't get lost. Stay tuned and thanks for your awesome idea.
     
  7. The Chech

    The Chech First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Wait bicycle pump? confused on that part
     
  8. J Everett

    J Everett Suspension Lift Founding Member

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    Yeah what's the pump for?


    Sent from high Earth orbit via Telstar I.
     
  9. jmnielsen

    jmnielsen Need Bigger Tires

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    Nothing at all haha, it just made the picture so I included it in the list
     
  10. RATTFINK

    RATTFINK XN OG Admin. Founding Member

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    LOL!!

    What about the duct tape :p
     
  11. TKDx00

    TKDx00 Lockers Installed Founding Member

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    The duct tape was incase the tarp ripped....lol Nice setup.
     
  12. jmnielsen

    jmnielsen Need Bigger Tires

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    Have to update on this.. I'm loving it! Works great. It Also held up to driving 80 mph for an hour just being strapped down with a bungee cord.
     
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  13. Krisnherx

    Krisnherx Skid Plates Founding Member

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    Cool idea, and nice execution
     
  14. Gigashadow

    Gigashadow Test Drive

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    Sorry about the strange thread bump. Did this hold up well after all this time? I'm thinking I want to do something similar to it (albeit removable because I don't really live in a great area).
     
  15. Deltaphi216

    Deltaphi216 First Fill-Up (of many) Founding Member

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    very nice! I've been thinking about something like this for a while now. I need to figure out a way to attach it to my dephep and still be removable.
     
  16. metzican

    metzican Suspension Lift

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    I built my own awning. Different design then this one. I would recommenced to anyone who is going to build one similar to the ones you can buy to just buy one. Its cheaper to buy one then build one. On the other hand if your going to go the route that this thread talks about it will save you a lot of money and accomplish the same thing.
     
  17. Gigashadow

    Gigashadow Test Drive

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    Suppose it all depends on the materials one might use. I can't imagine this was intended to last forever and ever but a tarp and some pvc later gets you a pretty slick awning. I'm thinking I'm going to go ahead and make one.
     
  18. jmnielsen

    jmnielsen Need Bigger Tires

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    It lasted until i forgot it was attached and my garage ripped it off! It was used quite a few times and held up fine. It obviously needed tied down if it was very windy but it was a very cheap solution to not having a tarp. I did have one built that was integrated into a rack I made for my xterra but never got pictures of it unfortunately.
     
  19. doo

    doo Test Drive Founding Member

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    you obviously havnt lived long at that house.. lol.. you should see my garage. PS looks like that was a fun project!
     
  20. Timrich

    Timrich Super Duper Moderator Founding Member

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    I can attest to doo's garage...lol

    Sent from over there...
     
  21. Jarmendariz

    Jarmendariz Test Drive

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    Sorry for the bump but was wondering if someone had new pics the old ones don’t seem to be loading
     

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