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Old 07-22-2014, 01:45 PM   #15
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We have the Flamma awning on our 2013 Casita and find it much easier to use than the Dometic on our old Scamp . One of the reasons I did not like the awning on our old Scamp besides being difficult to deploy was the fact that there was no gap between the awning and the roof . Our Scamp had a foam seal between the awning and the roof which trapped dirt , water and leaves causing the roof to stain and making it harder to clean Plus there was several rivets that were covered by the seal which leaked and were almost impossible to get to , I realize when it rains ,water run through the gap but I prefer that to having to scrub the black stains off the roof 4 or 5 times a year
I hear ya Steve. So far, we have used a Gander Mountain canopy which takes two people to set up, but does cover the starboard side such that no water gets in. Plus it came with the trailer, and did not cost us extra!



It got a real workout over the July 4th weekend, both torrential rain and heavy wind, yet never failed us.

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Old 07-22-2014, 02:10 PM   #16
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Glenn, which Carefree awning model provides that seal between the awning and the trailer that Carol mentioned? Looks like yours is sealed as well?

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I think mine is 'Fiesta'.
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I can vouch for the robustness of the Fiama 45 10' awning. It has held up under some fairly crazy wind conditions on the fiberglass roof install on our van conversion.



and one in camp.



The idea of having one installed on our PL has crossed our minds. Time will tell if we take the jump.

One thing for us while using the Fiama in our windy PNW conditions is we prefer to have the vertical support poles staked down with an aluminum stake that will allow the _foot_ of the pole that is being staked to ground to ride vertically on the tent stake. We have witnessed the staked foot lifting off the ground in high winds yet remain secured/safe from lifting off and away, or worse yet, being staked without the ability to bleed off the gust and possibly place undue stress on the mounting hardware on the fiberglass roof.

OH...a PS... We awoke one morning to a very loud metallic crack/crash from somewhere outside in the state park we were at (Agate Beach on the Oregon Coast). There had been a freak Pacific Storm come through the area and while Cari and i hunkered down and took all awnings down (we had our weather alert radio on as usual)...other Non-Oregonians didn't really bother. Well it was one of these visiting RVers in a ~35+ foot fifth wheel that had their ~14ft awning ripped right off the side of their rig and end up in another camp site. It was a sad picture.

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Old 07-23-2014, 02:24 AM   #18
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Yup, I never leave the awning down at night or if I am away from camp. By the time you know the wind is up it's pretty much to late.
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Old 07-23-2014, 06:02 AM   #19
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I am having mine installed in a couple of weeks.
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I can vouch for the robustness of the Fiama 45 10' awning. It has held up under some fairly crazy wind conditions on the fiberglass roof install on our van conversion.

The idea of having one installed on our PL has crossed our minds. Time will tell if we take the jump.

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Boy, what a sharp looking rig ya got there Thom. Lookin good. How's Cari doing with the gold panning?

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I am having mine installed in a couple of weeks.
Very cool Huck! Good for you.

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One thing for us while using the Fiama in our windy PNW conditions is we prefer to have the vertical support poles staked down with an aluminum stake that will allow the _foot_ of the pole that is being staked to ground to ride vertically on the tent stake. We have witnessed the staked foot lifting off the ground in high winds yet remain secured/safe from lifting off and away, or worse yet, being staked without the ability to bleed off the gust and possibly place undue stress on the mounting hardware on the fiberglass roof.




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Good advise Thom I do the same with my awning. Scamp actually states in their manual they don't recommend the legs be used on the trailer side attachment in any kind of wind.
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Boy, what a sharp looking rig ya got there Thom. Lookin good.
How's Cari doing with the gold panning?
THX for the rig-kudos Frank. Cari's rolling bling. On gold panning she was getting what she calls "fly terds" (small specks about the size of... ) out of the river last trip. She really doesn't mind since for her it is mostly in the _hunt_.

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Good advise Thom I do the same with my awning. Scamp actually states in their manual they don't recommend the legs be used on the trailer side attachment in any kind of wind.
Carol, thx and yes i agree with your note on not utilizing the side mounts for awning legs. We got away from it quite accidentaly in our case because the 10ft size of ours places the front leg mount on the front passenger door. Quite inconvenient, but IMO, a blessing in disguise.

Since we live full time in our big rig at an RV park on the coast, we, in our good-nurtured-want-to-help mindset do occasionally introduce ourselves to visitors in the park (that and i'm the park's website developer guy so i'm sort of part of the _family_). The visitors with awnings spread out in the momentary calm are those that get some QT and get a friendly PNW coast greeting and reminder of our crazy weather. Like many say in Oregon (especially the North Coast), If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes, it will change.


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Old 07-27-2014, 12:13 PM   #24
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Yes, it's true- Parkliner is now offering the Fiamma awning on new and existing Parkliner campers. Photos of the awning both open and closed are attached. For more information, either email Tom Bass at tom@parkliner.com or call 336 269-2029.
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Old 07-28-2014, 07:08 AM   #25
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Woo Hoo, can't wait, my Parkliner is coming with an awning. Got to have shade for my dogs…..(LOL)
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I have spoken to several customers who modify pool noodles and temporary fill the gap between the camper and the awning. This allows easy removal for cleaning.

Fiamma awnings are made primarily to block users from the sun and should be closed if the rain is heavy or wind is high to minimize chance of damage.
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Old 02-28-2015, 06:55 PM   #27
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On the thread Flamma Awning! you will find a video of one on a Casita at Post #16 as well as photos of them on various Scamps.

Although the Flamma is a vast improvement over the old Dometic/Catalina awnings Scamp was using for years if I was in the market for a new awning I would also give the CareFree awning a serious look. Escape uses them and people seem REALLY happy with them as far as how easy they are to put up and take down and the biggie is there is no gap between the trailer and the awning.
Hi Carol,

I believe you have LESS chance of destruction with the venting between the camper and Awning. Think of the cheap patio umbrella vs the more expensive with the venting = less lift. Just say'n. Have a great weekend!
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Hi Carol,

I believe you have LESS chance of destruction with the venting between the camper and Awning. Think of the cheap patio umbrella vs the more expensive with the venting = less lift. Just say'n. Have a great weekend!
If that were true then a bag awning would surely suffer destruction at least as easily as a fiamma.
My Catalina 2500 has been sealed with a PVC pipe caulked into the gap for over 10 years without harm, and has suffered some pretty serious storms with the legs tied to the picnic table.
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