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.