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Old 06-25-2022, 02:51 PM   #1
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Another outdoor television viewing idea!

Being home for a few days is just about to do me in. But, in about a week, we'll be sitting at another campground for a spell. Meanwhile, as always, we are enjoying our Montana at home.

So, my Montana sits positioned due East and West. Front is East. That means, with the awnings out on both sides (I have awnings on both sides), in the morning, the awnings cast no shade. The South side is almost always sunny, until later evening. And the North side is our driveway. (rear door on opposite side).

When camping, we often set our lawn chairs under the over-hang, where the King Pin is. Especially when it rains, we love sitting under there. So, this is pretty normal for us. At home, we found sitting under the King Pin actually creates the most shade and if we set up our Quick Shade in front of the King Pin, it creates a really nice shadow, even in the morning sun.

So today (Saturday) we were sitting outside under the King Pin area when another one of my crazy ideas was born. We do not have cable television, satellite television, and very seldom ever watch over-the-air. But we do have streaming television with our Visible phone and with our home WIFI. Another thing, even when camping, we do enjoy bringing our a small Roku television and watching it outside. This the idea was born:

I had scrap 1/4 inch plywood. I cut it to size on my radial arm saw. Drilled holes with my drill press. Used some left over chain from a project about 4 years ago, and presto! A new location to hang the television! Since we do not have any coax cable connected, this worked real sweet!

The photos tell the whole story! Enjoy. Maybe someone else will want to do the same thing!







 
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Old 06-25-2022, 07:12 PM   #2
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Dutchman, I hope you NEVER stop sharing your projects! Never once had I considered the kingpin area for a patio, but dependent upon directional orientation, this will definitely be an idea to keep in mind. Now you can kick back and relax from your outdoor shower project earlier in the week. Keep cool in possible and safe travels next week.
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I must say that I never considered that as an option!
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Old 06-26-2022, 12:16 PM   #4
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Could be tricky on a windy day!! LOL
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Old 06-27-2022, 07:00 AM   #5
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Could be tricky on a windy day!! LOL
Actually, a couple years ago, it was high winds and the inability to put the awning out that gave us the idea of using that area for shade.

Later that day, we had a heavy rain. Awnings were still retracted, and just stayed under there. The wind was blowing in the right direction, rain water never got us. Plus, the opposing upper living room slide outs also provides a bit more shade and protection from rain. It's a win-win option, using that area as a patio when the awnings just don't cut it.

Of course, it doesn't always work well either. When we are camped in shorter campsites and the truck has to park directly in front of the trailer, as close as possible so it's out of the road, it doesn't afford a nice option. But it does work well as an option when the sun is beating down in just the wrong direction for your awning.

Plus, if you are a "couple" only and no kids, it creates a nice cozy atmosphere and actually, sometimes, even a bit romantic.

Sometimes the campsite is ideal for this arrangement:





And sometimes, its not. Shade is already good, or the site is just too short and the truck is in the way.

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Old 06-27-2022, 07:17 AM   #6
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Just as long as you don't jump up quick, unless you are both "Little People" LOL
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I was referring to the hanging TV above about windy days. Doesn't it swing back and forth quite a bit with strong winds? Otherwise it is a nice shady place. We were stranded on a rest stop outside Breckenridge one summer. Waited many hours to try to get the truck fixed and rig towed. We just sat under there calling various places and at least it was fairly cool.
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