So what do you do if your trailer doesn’t have an awning rail? Well, there are a few options.
1. You could install an awning rail (this would be the most ideal solution).
2. You could use a EZ-Up canopy.
3. You can possibly clip your awning to your J-rail as a temporary solution.
The third option is what I’m going to have to do for a upcoming vintage trailer rally as I just don’t have enough time to install a awning rail on our 55 Bellwood. Fortunately the J-rail on this trailer has a deep edge which makes it perfect for clipping the awning to it. I don’t think I could do this with my Shasta Compact though as the J-rail on that trailer is much more shallow it appears.
The clips I’m using I picked up at our local Kroger grocery store. They are strong little suckers.
Keep in mind if you go the clip route it may not hold in windy or very rainy conditions. In fact if I find myself in either of those weather conditions I wouldn’t clip the awning on the J-rail. If it’s mild out there shouldn’t be any problem.
I think the other challenge I may have is actually getting the awning clipped on once I get to the campground. I think I’ll have to hijack a picnic table to stand on in order to reach the rail or find a couple of tall fellas to help (=