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Old 05-18-2009, 09:52 PM   #15
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Ok, Now I have a question? Could Bob's awning just be a dud? Seems like so many of you think the brand is good, could he just have a lemon? Honestly, I have seen just about every brand out there and I personally think they are only good for shade period. That's what they are designed for.

I have been watching all awning post, cause I want to get one put on our Casita. Like I said, I have seen a lot of brands and there always seems to be issues. I guess another question I have is, are you suppose to tie down a retractable awning? And I am not talking a automactic kind (HELLO), I am talking the kind most of you seem to have. I thought thats why they are built like they are so as to avoid staking, etc. Might as well have a bag awning if you got to have all kinds of poles and straps IMHO. Robin
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Old 05-18-2009, 10:15 PM   #16
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I would use a strap on any awning. The fiamma sitting on my Casita would be hundreds to replace. A gust of wind could damage it or any awning. Its like anything, experience counts. Any awning needs respect and proper use. I enjoy mine every trip and listen to the weather radio in the morning to know wind conditions for the day.

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Old 05-18-2009, 10:29 PM   #17
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Thanks Charlie: With the side shade on and the detachable tie downs and the over the awning tie downs your awning will stay in place with no problem. The side shade stops the wind from coming up under the awning and lifting it, not to mention stopping rain and wind. However it is best to use the poles on each end with the over the awning tie down so the awning ends do not pull down. REI is no longer having the poles except in the 7 ft length which is too short so I am not sure what other pole can be use. The REI stores in Cal seem to be the only REI stores that still have them in stock. Cabela has an telescopic pole in different lengths and they look like they would work in the awning backet and awning end like the REI pole does.
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Old 05-18-2009, 11:00 PM   #18
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Robin,

This type awning is retractable via a wand simply to make it easy to use. Not because you are supposed to always retract it. There is no reason you can't stake it down. I'm careful with my awning and generally roll it in at night and when I leave the campsite if I'm somewhere where I'm not sure about the wind. The Oregon gathering is one of the few places where I put my awning out and stake it for my entire stay. There's never enough wind at the campsites I pick to worry, that's because of the trees and vegetation.

This awning that is used by a variety of RV manufacturers. You will find them on Bigfoot cabovers, Bigfoot RV's class whatever A-B-C, I can never remember classes but interestng that they don't use them on the trailers. Also a lot of those little van type campers have this style.

They are a great awning.
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Old 05-19-2009, 08:29 AM   #19
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Before poor BOBSMITH feels to much in the crosshairs, I want to add a couple of thoughts. First, I have been in rainstorms that would collapse any awning, tilted or not, even without the wind. I am not familiar with the particular awning in question, but I've camped enough to say that no awning is a perfect fit for every person. I, personally, don't want to spend my time worrying about a sudden gust of wind wrecking my expensive awning, or tearing big holes in my camper as it rips the awning away. And, I'm not interested in putting the awning in and out every time I come and go. So, I use a freestanding picnic shade. I stake it down, and then forget it. If it blows away, so be it. So far it has lasted seven years, and it's doing great!

Anyway, all that is to say that, as much as most of you love your awnings, it clearly does not meet BOBSMITH's expectations, and it is absolutely, perfectly, his right to expect more. It is not a slight to the rest that he doesn't like it, nor should it bring him into question just because he thinks it should be better. It is the demand for more and better that fuels innovation!
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Old 05-19-2009, 09:04 AM   #20
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Well said Paul! Again, I have to ask................................... Could Bob's awning be a lemon?





Joy, I understand it's retractable for easier use. But from my understanding, retractable's are not suppose to be staked down. Granted people do it, but I remember ours on the Class C and Class A said not too. Our first motor home, you did but that was one of the first retractable awnings ever made. And most people don't on larger coaches. Yes we used strap, and of course the arms. But we didn't add a bunch of tie downs and extra legs. So not knowing this particular awning I was wondering if your suppose to with these type of awnings?
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Old 05-19-2009, 12:37 PM   #21
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Hey Robin, I think the answer could be yes, he's got a Lemon.

Then as far a retractable, I still think it's just convenience in setting up and taking down, not the issue of to stake or not to stake. The feet on the awning legs has little holes presumably for stakes. I do use stakes on the rare occasion that I leave the awning out. But I never use any thing else, I rather put it away.

I paid lots for this awnng so I'm not inclined to leave it unattended or even out at night. It is so easy and just takes a minute to roll it in and out that that's what I do. I don't want to lay in bed and worry about my awning. People think I'm nutty but that's OK I'll be using and have this awning for years and years to come.
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Old 05-19-2009, 10:33 PM   #22
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Very Smart camper Joy! I agree with you, it's just not worth it.
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Old 07-01-2009, 01:36 PM   #23
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I own a 13ft Casita PD. I do not have the awning wand, but made one out of a shower corner shelf. I have not been able to budge the mechanism that releases the legs.
anyone have any suggestions? It is tightly wedged into the center part that houses the leg, won't budge either way.
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Old 07-01-2009, 01:40 PM   #24
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Not sure if yours is same as my 2005 but the big plastic screw head on the legs may be tightened. If so, loosen them and try to slide the legs toward the outer end while pulling the leg out near the joint.
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Old 07-02-2009, 03:58 PM   #26
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Ok, Now I have a question? Could Bob's awning just be a dud? Seems like so many of you think the brand is good, could he just have a lemon? Honestly, I have seen just about every brand out there and I personally think they are only good for shade period. That's what they are designed for.

I have been watching all awning post, cause I want to get one put on our Casita. Like I said, I have seen a lot of brands and there always seems to be issues. I guess another question I have is, are you suppose to tie down a retractable awning? And I am not talking a automactic kind (HELLO), I am talking the kind most of you seem to have. I thought thats why they are built like they are so as to avoid staking, etc. Might as well have a bag awning if you got to have all kinds of poles and straps IMHO. Robin
Nah, I don't think it's a dud. It's just a crappy design. The first time it collapsed we were right there, so it wasn't unattended. The second time we were away, but it still should not have collapsed and broken the way it did. One leg snapped completely off!

I find it odd that a manufacturer will tell you that the awning is just for sun shade, and then sell an add-a-room meant to be up continuously, no matter the weather.

I'm still taking it off the trailer to effect repairs. There are a couple of places where rivets were installed. Instead of using rivets, I'm going to use screws in those spots. Both rivets tore out when rain hit. In addition, I'm going to use two of the arc-type central rafters instead of one. Those bow up to make rain shed more effectively. It didn't help us with only one, but maybe two would do the job, just in case some rain cloud sneaks up on us and actually rains on my awning.

In the meantime we're using one of those 10 X 10 collapsible awnings with a screen attachment. It has been rained on and didn't break like a piece of junk. I assume it didn't snap apart like junk because it was designed not to snap apart like poorly engineered crap.

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I guess when one calls anything a piece of junk and crap when a majority of the owners of an identical product have had a successful ownership experience is difficult for most to respond with any empathy. I have no idea why you have had such a multi difficult experience but I have had my Fiamma awing extended in some torrential downpours and most of the water just cascades off the material because I had sufficient slope that water just will not accumulate in any meaningful way.

Something just not make sense if almost all the owners of Fiamma awnings have had no problems under similar conditions and are satisfied with the product. If the material used to manufacture these awnings were crap and junk, which you indicate rather forcefully, evidently because others have offered their experience and assistance but disagree with your conclusions, is regretful.

I really hope you find a solution or an awning that will meet your requirements but my experience with other brand awnings on six rvs I have owned leads me to believe not. In twenty plus years of rving I have seen numerous broken and damaged awnings. All were the result of owner error in use.
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Old 07-02-2009, 05:34 PM   #28
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Wow!
Hey everybody take a breath.
Bob, sorry about the damage to your equipment. You stated your experience and your opinion and then several others did the same. You have made the point that you will never be happy with your awning – OK – let us know what you replace it with and how much you love it.

The rest of us – let's just go forward in our pleasure and satisfaction with our awnings.

See ya down the road … Don

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