We have a 1995 viking 175SD. The awning poles come out from the roof, and they have a peg at the end of them. The poles that go from the ground up to meet the ones that come off the roof have a tab with a hole in the top of them. The tab from the poles off the roof goes through the holes from the poles off the ground and into the rod the awning is attached to. Then we stake the ground poles down and tie them with string. I would really like to somehow convert the awning poles into the type that come off the sides of the camper, if that makes sense. Many of the new campers are made this way and I think it would be safe to not have the ropes and stakes in the ground if possible. I was wondering if anyone would know how to make such a mod? We have somewhat of a plan in mind, but it seems as though we would have to do some light tack welding which we are not familiar with. Is there any other way this could be done? Thank you!