Camper Mod Contest Entries

No Drill Side Awning

Welcome to the fourth entry in September’s Mini Mod Contest.  One Mini Mod will be published in every Email Alert in September.  At the end of the month, we’ll hold a reader vote to determine September’s winner.  Click here for information about the 2023 Mod Contest, including how to enter.

No drill side awning

David Novak, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
No Drill Side Awning
2019 Ford F-350
2019 Travel Lite 960

I wanted a place to get out of the sun and a place to sit if it rains. I didn’t want to spend big money on an awning. I wanted something simple.

Awning With No Drilling Into Camper 1

I installed an aluminum L-rail, using the bolts for the jack legs so there would be no drilling into the camper. I only drilled holes in the aluminum rail that is installed on the camper.

Awning How The Rail Mounts To The Lifting Leg Brackets

With the L-rail installed, I can clip on a tarp. I put a 1-inch wide foam insulation strip between the rail and the camper. I clip the tarp on the bottom side of the rail to divert rainwater using clevis pins. Then install a couple of retractable tent poles and I’m ready to go. It only takes a couple of minutes to set up at the campsite.

Awning With No Drilling Into Camper 2

It works great. I can get out of the sun or rain easily.

Materials Used:
9 foot long aluminum ‘L’ stock, measuring 2 inches by 2 inches – picked up at local metal supply business – $50
6 foot by 8 foot waterproof canvas tarp from (SKU: FSPCGN), $46
3 retractable tent poles from Cabela’s – $30

It took me 1 to 2 hours to complete this modification and cost me $150.  In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is medium.

Disclaimer: The modifications above are submitted by Truck Camper Magazine readers. It is your responsibility to make sure that any do-it-yourself modification project you undertake is safe, effective, and legal for your situation.

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