Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Gradually Updating My Vintage Trailer Awning Blog

The unexpected polar blast in Georgia, has given me a little extra time to update my Blog.
I was planning to start back to work this week, however with temperatures in the single digits my basement workshop feels like a refrigerator! I have rolls of marine grade awning fabric, that arrived just prior to my closing shop for the holidays, that are still wrapped in plastic. Be sure, when inquiring about an awning, to include the length of your awning rail and a color scheme. I will then be able to email updated pictures of patterns that are available. email me at dfoster@bellsouth.net .  My fabric selections are continually changing throughout the year. If you have a trailer with a very curved roof-line, email a picture and I will offer advice on how to measure the most level section of your awning rail for a vintage trailer awning. 


2022 Check out my eBay Vintage Trailer Awnings listed by eBay seller dlf1954
Updating this decade old Blog little by little, so stop by again.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Facebook Page Dedicated to Vintage Trailer Awnings by Kristi

I have been diligently working on a Facebook page dedicated to providing you with up to date Vintage Trailer Awnings by Kristi information.
 My new small business page: https://facebook.com/vintagetrailerawnings provides simple instructions, and currently available marine grade awning fabric patterns, for ordering a custom Vintage Trailer Awning.  Vintage Trailer Awnings has other related topics such as; Arched Vintage Trailer Awnings, V W Bus Arched Awnings, Airstream Clip On Window Awnings,  and set-up information.


eBay seller dlf1954 (Pre-Made Inventory Awnings available on eBay)

Monday, January 21, 2013

Vintage Trailer Awning Fabric Is Now Here

Marine Grade Awning Fabric for a New Custom Made Vintage Trailer Awning

I just picked up my Spring Marine Grade Awning Fabric today.I was able to find some of the classics, that I have purchased in the past such as Teal/Natural and Pacific Blue/Natural. I also purchased some neutral colors, such as shades of beige, tan, brown, plus some green. I still have Yellow/White left over from my Fall purchase as well. 

Update 2022: As I am updating my Blog from 2013, for modern mobility viewing. In doing so, I am adding pictures of vintage trailer awnings that were made by Vintage Trailer Awnings by Kristi, during that time period, and adding captions to the pictures.

2013 was the year when Vintage Trailer Awnings by Kristi first made front window awnings with a removable supports, plus started adding fringe. dfoster@bellsouth.net

During 2013 the fabric covered pull cord was the normal standard practice to replicate vintage trailer awnings dfoster@bellsouth.net

 2022 I still have a roll of the cording that fits a c-channel awning rail with a 3/8" diameter. Occasionally, I will still make an awning this retro way upon request.

It appears from my pictures, that 2013 may have been the year I began making the vintage trailer arched awnings dfoster@bellsouth.net

 2022 The vintage trailer arched awnings are the design that I continue to use, and have added this feature to V W Bus Awnings as well.

2013 was the year of prototypes for Vintage Trailer Awnings by Kristi. I experimented making front window awnings with a removable framework, for vintage trailers without Rock Guards.
Because of materials costs plus shipping costs, the front window awnings with support arms and cross bar were quite expensive considering the small size of the awning. Rock Guard Awnings however, were affordable, and easy to use.


This may have been my first Rock Guard Awning, which I made for my own vintage Avion trailer dfoster@bellsouth.net

 2013 was a very creative year for Vintage Trailer Awnings by Kristi, Rock Guard Awnings, Front Window Awnings, and switched from Pull Cord Rope and Pole Awnings to using a vinyl welt instead.

2013 was the year that Vintage Trailer Awnings by Kristi began offering a vinyl welt, to slide into the c-channel awning rail, instead of a fabric covered pull cord, on Rope and Pole Awnings.
2022 Reminder to always clean out your c-channel awning rail, before trying on a new awning. It should be part of regular trailer maintenance, because they do get clogged up with dirt and debris.

2013 This appears to be a front window awning, which I made for a vintage camper. I see a glimpse of a support arm and what appears to be the cross bar near the front edge.

 2022 If I remember correctly, 2013 was the year that I started adding fringe to the vintage camper awnings. It, of course, increased the cost of the awnings, plus the cost of shipping. I was concerned that the fringe would retain moisture, plus be prone to mildew and fading, so I began to spraying it with with a UV protection and water repellent before attaching it to the awning as a precaution. Sunbrella Marine Grade Awning Fabric has an expected 10 years before showing signs of fading or leaking, so although fringe is beautiful it does require maintenance.

Back in the early years of making vintage camper awnings, Vintage Trailer Awnings by Kristi made her own edge binding, for the scalloped valances, using the same fabric for exact match.

Especially with unusual colors, Vintage Trailer Awnings by Kristi made her own edge binding for the scalloped valances for a perfect match dfoster@bellsouth.net

Black Sunbrella braid trim and Black fringe on the scalloped valances of a Vintage Trailer Awnings by Kristi awning

This is a badge clip, which can be used on the scalloped valances of a vintage trailer awning, to hold up vintage string lights. However , not an awning with attached fringe.

 Fabric Patterns for a Custom Vintage Trailer Awning by Kristi
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Some Very Basic, No Frills, Bare Bones, Vintage Trailer Awnings


  Updating this post in 2022.

This post is nearly ten years old, which means I have been making Vintage Trailer Awnings by Kristi for over a decade. Obviously, over the years the prices have changed, and the marine grade awning fabric patterns have changed. However, I have not compromised on quality, and use Sunbrella marine grade awning fabric, with an expected 10 years before showing signs of fading or leaking, and provides a high UV protection value.

Contact information: dfoster@bellsouth.net, eBay contact seller dlf1954, Facebook private messages.

Going through different Seasons Of Life with my elderly parents. So, I am right back to the beginning, selling inventory awnings on eBay, when sewing time allows.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sources for Tent Poles

Since this Blog is over 10 years old, I am updating my information about adjustable height tent poles. Adjustable height tent poles are also known as telescoping tent poles. Some tent poles adjust to taller lengths than others. For example, an Airstream would need the longer length of 8'or longer, where a tiny trailer would get by with a 7' adjustable height tent pole. 

Some sources are Cabella's, Eureka, TexSport, Coleman.

Adjustable height tent poles come in different diameters, styles, prices, materials, and locking mechanisms. Stainless Steel or Aluminum? Stainless steel requires some maintenance, after a heavy rain or if in a humid environment. Before storing away, take the sections apart and wipe off moisture, then store separated, or surface rust may become an issue. Aluminum adjustable height tent poles do not rust. The best diameter of pole, will depend on the size of awning they support and if you plan to camp in windy, rainy weather.When we first started camping, with a 9' awning, on a 13' trailer,we used SS poles which extended to 7', but always kept a replacement adjustable height tent pole available. The narrowest section of the pole, did get a bend in it, but we camp in inclement weather. With our 15' awning on an Avion, we soon realized that  we needed a wider diameter pole, in a longer length. Also, when you find yourself on an un-level campsite, a longer length tent pole can save the day.
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Friday, January 20, 2012

Images of Vintage Trailer Awning Fabric That Will Be Arriving Soon



 Updated Post in 2022 to Show What was made out of some of the fabric which arrived in 2012 and 2013.

 For those of you who have been anxiously awaiting some different patterns of yellow vintage trailer awning fabric, for your canned ham awning, take notice! How about all of you who have been requesting light green fabric for your vintage camper awning, take a look! Well, you are in luck! I finally have found some discontinued, Marine Grade, 47" wide, Sunbrella/Dickson patterns in your favorite colors. They were just ordered today, so I will be expecting arrival in a week or so. Contact me at dfoster@bellsouth.net for custom vintage trailer awning orders.

 Update: My 2013 Spring vintage trailer awning fabric is arriving in mid January. Watch for a 1- 22-13 Blog post with pictures of the new patterns available. My new facebook pages are: https://facebook.com/vintagetrailerawnings (LIKE)
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  2022 UPDATE:Sharing Images of different items that the 2013 marine grade awning fabric was sewn into, found in my old photos.

only enough for a small awning is left

Black and White Arched vintage trailer awning

My own personal awning, which is still in use 2022

Image Arched Vintage Trailer Awning dfoster@bellsouth.net

A Rock Guard Awning dfoster@bellsouth.net

Pet Cage cover for travel

Pet Cage Cover

I have used some of my fabric remnants for cat or dog cage covers.

Sold Out

Image Small trailer door awning provides  a speck of shade

Awning boxed and ready to mail

Underside of a vintage trailer Awning by Kristi dfoster@bellsouth.net

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This is the Tangerine pattern that I used for my own awning, many years ago


Underside of a vintage trailer awning by Kristi

Used a fabric remnant to make this storage bag
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Burgundy Transitional is still available

Linen/Navy/Lemon Fancy

sold out

Outdura Marine Grade Awning Fabric
is still available SOLD OUT
A vendor's cart

Long Narrow Rock Guard  Awning

enough for 8' x 8' available SOLD OUT
Arched Awning being fitted with shock poles

Looks like another Rock Guard Awning