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Old 05-02-2013, 12:46 PM   #15
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I have put at least one awning away on trailer that didn't belong to me because of the winds, which almost ripped the awning off the trailer.

If like to keep busy an awning might be the thing for you. Everytime you leave camp you need to make sure the awning is put away, winds do come up during the day will destroy an awning.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:50 PM   #16
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The awning is something I use every trip.

I think a key is the ease of deployment. I have the crank-out awing and it's the cat's pajamas. I've seen bag-type awnings I wouldn't have anything to do with.

But you're going to want to stow it before going off for the day.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:50 PM   #17
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I love having an awning. When I had a pop-up I even put a smaller awning on the driver side to provide shade on that side of trailer. Haven't experienced high winds yet in the Escape (only rain so far), but on the pop-ups we went through some pretty good storms. Much depends on how you secure them, I've found it's almost always necessary to have more than the factory stakes and lines. And knowing when to take them down plays a part, too.
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If like to keep busy an awning might be the thing for you. Everytime you leave camp you need to make sure the awning is put away, winds do come up during the day will destroy an awning.
Deploying and retracting the awing is at most a two minute job for one person. Time therefore is not even a consideration for me given the merits.
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I've seen bag-type awnings I wouldn't have anything to do with.

But you're going to want to stow it before going off for the day.
I used the bag type on a tent trailer many years ago. Though not fun to set up, plus they did not shed water as good, and were way worse in the wind, I still preferred it to nothing.

I rarely will put away the awning when off for the day, unless I expect it will be very windy. Knock on wood, it has never been an issue, but I do either have the arms attached to the trailer, or firmly staked to the ground.
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Old 05-02-2013, 04:33 PM   #19
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great replies!

let me be a bit more quantitative. Scamp wants $810 (including a 10%) discount for their awning, which seems like a lot.

not having seen one set up i don't have a sense for how well secured it is. if it's windy, do you run guy lines down to stakes or trees to help secure it?

if it is just set up the basic way, what sort of winds could it reasonably be expected to endure without damage?
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Old 05-02-2013, 05:08 PM   #20
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I just looked at Scamps site, and it seems they don't use arms on their awnings, at least I saw none. Do they just use a bag type awning?

Escape uses a Carefree Fiesta which has the arms as seen in this photo, which is quite different. My comments were all based on this design, and I would be way more likely to bring it back in without these arms.

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Old 05-02-2013, 05:21 PM   #21
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Scamp is using fiamma awnings now, they are the cats meow from my perspective. Fiamma makes attachments for them to convert into fully enclosed tents or screen porches.

Pretty dang nice. When we were there a couple of weeks ago, kent said the only issue with the fiamma is that they cost home more than he used to charge for the dometic we have on ours.

http://www.fiammausa.com/
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My awning is Carefree as Jim's, but on a 17'
I have a screen room for it that attaches to the awning and fully encloses it. I've never had call to set it up though. Not enough black flies and mosquitoes to bother.
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Paul, those do look interesting. Maybe not as tough, but a more compact unit.
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just ramblin' and reflecting...
we have the carefree style set up on our 38' Mobile Suite (14' awning) and i would never leave it up in a wind...I watched one rip a sidewall off a trailer in a windstorm once here on the oregon coast at agate beach state park. . . it was actually quite a sad sight to behold.

Our fiama f45...same thing as i noted. Yes they are amazing awnings, and the legs can attach to the side of the rv or staked into ground...but then we are used to daily afternoon winds of ~25 to 35 so our awnings are only up near brunch or late dinner.
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Glennco, I checked out the Fiamma website and didn't see a 10' awning listed, o I missed it if it was. They also show several types with a wide range in price. Do you happen to know which one Scamp is using? I am wondering if it's something I can purchase and install myself and save a few $$.
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the small f45 fiama on our van was nearly $700...it's a high priced item for sure.
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:16 PM   #27
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Sorry, I didn't ask what model he was using.

If a 2.5 meter awning is enough for you, this is an interesting option

http://www.oztent.com/foxwing-awning...t#.UYMrFWS9LTo

All else being said though, I wouldn't go without an awning personally, they're just too handy. Even in my years of backcountry tent camping, we'd string a tarp for protection from rain, wind, and sun
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Old 05-03-2013, 11:56 AM   #28
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In watching the Scamp youtube video, the awning looks kind of flimsy to me. I like the Carefree design that incorporates side struts down to the trailer. They have a dizzying choice of styles and fabrics though that I am trying to sort through. Also trying to find out if it's an addon I can do myself.
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