Posts made in April, 2015

How to Mount Awning Brackets on the Side of an Enclosed Trailer

Enclosed trailers can be converted to campers. The wide open space inside allows you to place things where you want them, but the inside can become a little cramped once you put in all the things you need and want. You might have to go outside sometimes if you want a quiet place to relax. Installing an awning on the side of the enclosed trailer can give you a place to relax while escaping the hot sun and gentle rains of summer. Here is how you can install brackets onto the side of your converted enclosed trailer to hold your awning up.

You Will Need

  • Awning Installation Kit
  • Duct Tape
  • Marking Pen
  • Measuring Tape
  • Putty Tape
  • 3/4″ x 3/16″ bolts W/ nuts and washers
  •  ¼”  x 2″ hex screws
  • Drill
  • 3/16″ Drill Bit

Install Awning Rail

The first thing you should do is place markings where you are going to mount the awning rail at the top of the trailer. You are going to want the rail a few inches below the top of the trailer. Take your measuring tape and place a mark three inches down from the top every 8 to 10 inches—this will help make sure that the rail is completely level all along the side of the trailer. Place the awning rail against the trailer; you can use duct tape to hold the rail in place while you screw it to the side of the trailer. You will want to place screws about every 6 inches along the rail. You should put some putty tape between the back of the bracket and the trailer if you want to make sure rain water doesn’t drip down along the outside wall of the trailer when it is raining. Attach the sliding arms to the awning frame and then slide the the fabric end of the awning into the rail before you attach the top mounting brackets to the trailer.

Install Brackets

The top brackets are located on the upper arms of the awning frame. Drill 3/16″ holes through the middle of the awning rail and trailer, then secure the top brackets in place using 3/4″x 3/16″ bolts with nuts and washers. Place the bottom brackets along the floor line of the trailer. Mark where you want to install the brackets and drill 3/16″ pilot holes where the screws are going to go. Place the bracket into position and secure it in place using two ¼” x 2″ hex screws (a hex screw has six sides on its head). Connect the inner arms to the lower brackets. For assistance, talk to a professional like Camping World of Ocala.

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Items For The Best Family Entertainment

If you’re trying to encourage your kids to a live a healthy lifestyle and get outside, there are a few accessories you can add outside that may get everyone active. It’s great to have entertainment options to lead your kids outdoors and to have some fun family competition.

There are a lot of entertainment units and items you can purchase and assemble or have installed that will make your house the fun house where everyone wants to hang out after school.

Basketball Hoop

A basketball hoop is great for shooting and practicing and for some family fun. If you have kids that play basketball or you like to shoot hoops, you can really blow off stress or anxiety by shooting around in the driveway. A game of pig can help settle who has to do the dishes, or making teams is a great way to bond.

If there isn’t room outdoors for an outside hoop, an arcade style hoop for inside the house can be fun as well.

Trampoline  

A trampoline is a great way to get some exercise, strengthen the leg muscles, and have fun. You can send the kids out to wear off some energy before bed. If you are worried about safety when it comes to a trampoline, you can get a net that goes around the unit so people don’t fall off the sides.

If you don’t have a large yard, you can get a smaller sized trampoline that doesn’t fit as many people. Some homeowners dig out the ground so the trampoline is ground level.

Zip Line

If you have two large and sturdy trees in your backyard, or you want to have posts installed, you can have a zip line going through the back yard. This is a great way to improve upper body strength, and it’s a fun activity that kids love. It’s important to make sure the zip line can run smoothly without interference to prevent problems or injury.

If you are trying to make a fun and entertaining outdoor space where you and the family can hang out, or you are trying to find more activities that you can all do together, these are great options to try. There are many different recreational games and equipment you can get for your family to use when the weather is nice outside, and other items that you can get for inside of the house.

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