Sunsetter Awning Weight Facts:
1. The average person wears a size 10 shoe when wearing a pair of shoes. So if you wear size 9 shoes, then your height would be 5’9″ (160cm). If you wear size 8 shoes, then your height would be 5’8″ (157cm) and so on.
2. The average person wears a size 12 shoe when wearing a pair of shoes. So if you wear size 11 shoes, then your height would be 6′0″ (191cm). If you wear size 10 shoes, then your height would be 6′3″ (192cm) and so on.
3. The average person wears a size 14 shoe when wearing a pair of shoes. So if you wear size 13 shoes, then your height would be 6′4″ (193cm) and so on.
The average person wears a size 16 shoe when wearing a pair of shoes. So if you wear size 15 shoes, then your height would be 6′6″ (194cm) and so on.
4. The top of the awning is about 6 feet 8 inches off the ground. So people who are at least 5 feet 8 inches or taller can’t stand up straight inside of the awning. If you weight 180 pounds or less, then you can hang off the side of your awning and it will not rip from the force of your weight hanging from it. Now if you weigh more than 180 pounds, then you can’t hang off of it.
In addition, women’s shoe size can range from 3 to 15, and men’s shoe size can range from 7 to 16. The larger the number, the longer your feet are.
The average female height is 5’4″ – 5’5″, and the average male height is 5’9″ – 5’10”.
So if you wear a size 15 shoe, then you’re probably 6 feet tall (183cm) and above. (I’m about 205 pounds and I can hang from it without ripping it, but I don’t recommend that you do this because it could damage the awning). You probably don’t need a awning, unless you like to read or something inside your awning. Of course if you prefer lying in the sun, then a awning is going to be essential. If you weight over 200 pounds and you hang from your awning, then it will rip.
This is common sense. You can be as strong as The Rock, but if the material can’t handle your weight, then it’s going to rip.
If you wear a size 16 shoe, then you’re probably 6 feet 5 inches (192cm) and above. I’m 6 feet 3 inches (191cm), and my girlfriend is 5 feet 7 inches (170cm). My girlfriend is able to stand up straight inside of the awning, but she can’t stand up under the awning. If she tries, then she will bump her head.
5. If you are a woman, then you don’t need an awning in most cases. One or two seasons and you’ll get too tan. Now if you like to read or something inside your awning, then you might want an awning. You’ll definitely need one if you weigh over 140 pounds because the wind will push you around without an awning.
If I try, then I will hit my head as well. We can both lie down comfortably in the awning, but that’s about it.
I tried sleeping in the awning one night (just to see if I could), and it was a horrible experience. It was just too darn small. Of course this is just my experience, and you may have a different experience. My girlfriend can sleep in the awning pretty comfortably since she is pretty petite.
6. If you are a man, then you need an awning if you weigh over 180 pounds. You will get too sunburned without an awning. You will also get too hot without an awning unless you’re built like The Rock. (Most of us are not).
So take your height, weight and shoe size into consideration. If you have any questions, then feel free to ask.
6. The color of the awning doesn’t really matter. I got a green one because that’s what they had at the store, but you can get red, black, blue, or whatever they have at the store. The only thing that matters is the size and the price.
7. You will need to stake down (put stakes into) the ground so that your awning doesn’t fly away.
It’s been a week, and my girlfriend and I still LOVE our awning. We took a trip to the Grand Canyon this past weekend (we live in Phoenix), and it was so nice to come “home” to an awning every day. One thing we noticed is that it does get really hot here during the day. In fact, it got up to 118 degrees F this week. Yikes!
You should use a hammer to put the stakes into the ground. You can also use rocks to hold down the stakes, but the rocks might break. The stakes will not break.
The ground is hard, so you will need to hit the stake multiple times before it goes into the ground. Do not hit people like this. They might get injured.
If you are in a city or town, then find a piece of concrete to pound the stake into.
We didn’t expect it to get that hot. We thought our little awning would protect us, and it does to a certain degree. If I were to do it again, we would buy the largest awning that we could possibly find because 118 degrees is just too darn much. However, even in the heat of the day, it is still better than being outside without any shade what so ever. You can use the metal rings that hold up the awning as well.
Another thing you can do is buy an electric or gas-powered stake puller/driver to put the stakes into the ground. This will save time and your hands. If you buy an electric one, then you just need to plug it into the nearest outlet, if you buy a gas one, then you need to fill it up with gasoline.
Don’t forget to pack a flashlight and plenty of batteries just in case you are still up and about when the sun goes down. It gets dark pretty fast now-a-days, and without any light near your campsite, you’ll have a hard time seeing anything around you. There are pros and cons to both, but either one will save you time and your hands.
This was a fun little project. I’ll probably be updating this instructable later on as I get more experience with my own awning. Right now it’s still pretty new, but so far we love it.
If you have any questions, then please ask in the comments section. I’ll answer them to the best of my ability.
Bring a book or something to do to keep yourself occupied as well. Once again, you should stay under your awning if it is still day time when the sun goes down. It gets dark faster now-a-days, so that’s why it is important that you are not still setting up your tent when it gets dark.
If you are still full of energy after putting up your tent, then you can explore the area around your campsite. Good luck and have fun!
Sources & references used in this article:
- Office worker preferences of exterior shading devices: a pilot study (H Bülow-Hübe – Proc. of the EuroSun 2000 Conference, June, 2000 – belok.se)
- EMERGENCY MEDICAL STRETCHER REDESIGN: THE CANOPY (AM Zerguine, BJ Rinaldo, E Cambra, JH Perron… – 2011 – digitalcommons.wpi.edu)
- Lift assist mechanism for retractable awning (BW Murray, TG Faludy – US Patent 5,148,848, 1992 – Google Patents)
- Retractable awning (D Cutler – US Patent 8,281,795, 2012 – Google Patents)
- Retractable awning (D Cutler – US Patent App. 13/626,920, 2013 – Google Patents)