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Old 05-02-2013, 08:40 AM   #1
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Awning yes or no?

We just ordered a 16' scamp, YAY! We are debating getting an awning. Besides being expensive we wonder how often we'll use it especially since we are in the southwest where winds are always blowing. But, we plan to travel to rainier climes and we just are trying to get a sense if the awning will get much use or end up being expensive extra weight.

What are your opinions on awnings?

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Old 05-02-2013, 08:46 AM   #2
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Could go the vintage style awning route maybe a 3rd the price(less if you build it yourself like I did!) since the 2 ends just get staked out of its real windy dont have to worry about the awning frame bending(somewhere here is a photo of one of those awnings blown over the top of the trailer all bent up) I like simplicity.
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:16 AM   #3
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No awning. There's too many times (places) where an awning wouldn't be practical. Something moveable suits us better.
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:16 AM   #4
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I would never want to be without one.

Unless it is a quick overnight stop, ours gets set up right away all the time. Not only is it a great marshaling and sitting area out of the rain keeping our outside gear dry, it also aids in keeping the trailer cooler on hot sunny days.
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:25 AM   #5
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You definatly want something to get out of the sun or rain since lets face it these are small caravan's....if it was 35' with 4 tipouts bigger then my home it wouldn't matter as much lol...

I seriously thought of just useing a 10x10 ez-up but 1 person setting it up its a bit of work and they are heavy... When I find the right sized trunk for my rear cargo carrier I can put the maybe 5 lbs of awning in its bag and stick it on top of the hoses and blocks, the 7 poles on the tongue behind the propane cans and if Im just staying in a friends side yard for the weekend its out of the way not taking up room in my caravan or the Rav4. Im adding gromets so I can hang a light side curtain for a bit of privacy if needed or to keep the setting sun out of my eyes.

Im actually reworking my awning this weekend... making a few changes!
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:44 AM   #6
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While the awning is helpful in a light rain, if there is any wind, you are going to get wet. I find mine useful for providing shade, however I often find the wind is strong enough that I have to leave it closed.
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:13 AM   #7
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Awning gets my vote. I don't know about the Scamp people but a factory ordered/installed awning thru Casita is nicely discounted as opposed to the price if ordered/installed after-market. Check with your salesperson about the factory price.
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It is nice that we have a 12' awning. We have had a large picnic table with 10 people under ours in the pouring rain. You do have to stay back a bit from the edges if windy, but it sure does beat any other alternative to being outside in the rain.

One thing we do is to drop the one end real low, as it helps in the wind, and scoots the water off quick in heavy downpours.
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Awning Yes!!! Wouldnt want a trailer without one.

Nice to have something on the trailer for shade as well as rain. Always with you and not taking up storage space elsewhere as a free standing pop up will or a bag awning will. The trailers awning doesnt provide a great deal of dry area but enough to get you in and out of the trailer and get your wet gear off and shack it all off before taking into the trailer - can also leave the wet boots/shoes outside. Also large enough for two people to sit under with a small propane fire in wet weather & able to set up an outside BQ or stove for cooking. I do have another larger stand alone pop up tent I will bring on short trips in wet weather & more than two people will be using the fire pit but when traveling for more than a few days I dont bring it - its heavy and takes up to much space.
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One thing we do is to drop the one end real low, as it helps in the wind, and scoots the water off quick in heavy downpours.
And, you don't have to open the awning all the way. Open it half way and it provides some shelter from rain and isn't as affected by wind.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:42 AM   #11
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We have an awning but haven't bothered to put it up in about the last twenty or so nights that we've been camping. The lady that joined us in her motor home on our last camping trip said that they had an awning but removed it since they never used it and it was just extra weight. That being said, if we lived where most of the state parks weren't heavily wooded AND we camped when it was hot, I would probably opt for the awning again; as it was, it was just an unnecessary expense for us in our situation.
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Under the awning is a great place to prepare food , eat or just sit when its hot & sunny or when it raining but not when it is really windy
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Cari & i have a Fiama F45 on our van conversion and rarely are able to deploy it due to winds in camp each afternoon at the rivers we frequent. We decided not to have one on the Parkliner for that reason. Plus we camp/park in the shade with few exceptions in the PNW.
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