Monday, November 7 – After finishing the installation of a door window, there was one more item we've always wanted on our 5th wheel – a window awning over our livingroom windows. We have a large patio awning on that side of the trailer, but it doesn't extend down to cover these two windows. The sun really beats in and heats up the livingroom, so we need to keep the blinds closed. That tends to darken things inside the 5th wheel and blocks our view of the outside world.
An awning would block the sun while allowing us to enjoy the view outside. It would also give us some privacy without having to close the blinds. So once again, since we are just around the corner from PPL RV Sales and Parts here at the Houston Elks Lodge, Paul ordered an awning large enough to cover both windows.
The installation was pretty simple. There were no instructions in the awning package, so Paul Googled the installation and found several YouTube videos on installing an awning.
After measuring carefully to find the center of the windows, Paul added butyl tape (caulk) to the back of the mounting bracket and screwed it above the windows.
The next step was to fasten the arms to the awning roller.
Then with the help from his assistant, Marsha, we slid the awning into the slot provided in the bracket. This is definitely a two person step and with Marsha stretching to the fullest extent of her 5' frame, we were able to get the awning roller with the two arms into the proper slot.
It was then a simple matter of removing the two pins from the awning roller to release the lock and add tension to the roller. Again with the help of his able assistant, Paul screwed the bottom of the arms to the side of the trailer.
We had to borrow a “pull-down” wand from the neighbor to unroll the awning. Surprised a pull-down wand is not included with the new awning. After attaching the hold-down clip below the windows and doing some clean-up the job was completed.
Happy that the installation went as easily as it did, Paul relaxed the rest of the day. Marsha, his able assistant wasn't done. She spent several hours trimming the shrubbery around the Lodge. Wild weed type trees are growing up through the bushes, and Marsha just hates the lawn guys don't do something about them. So she borrowed a limb lopper and did some trimming. She has so many limbs that we'll have to put them in the dumpster on two or more occasions so there will still be room for camper's trash.
When we went up to Livingston to vote on Tuesday, we were taking a walk with friends and saw this sight. Paul and Dave discussed this strange looking thing.
We have been having a super time vising with Carrie. We are almost always multi-tasking….watching football games and playing corn hole.
Stop back again to see if we can find other jobs to do around the 5th wheel or the Houston Elks. Idle hands tend to get in trouble, so I'm sure we'll find things to do!
Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day.