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Old 02-09-2011, 11:04 AM   #1
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Vintage Style Awnings

After speaking to a few Scamp owners who were not satisfied with the performance of their Factory Awning, I'm curios as to why more folks dont go with a Vintage Style awning like this? Vintage Trailer Awning

What are the pros/cons folks have found with this style? I think a red/white combo would really set off a white glass trailer.

Any thoughts, concerns, input is welcome.

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Old 02-09-2011, 12:44 PM   #2
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I just purchased one for our trailer. I liked that you didn't have something permanently attached to the outside, just a rail. I have just finished the trailer, so I have not used it yet. We did have a tent that had the same type of awning, you zipped it to the tent and it had two poles that were tied to the ground. We didn't have any real problems with that system. I did modify the trailer one by making a tent pole that goes between the two supporting poles to give some tension. I'm thinking this might keep the middle a little higher; it had a little droop to it on the tent. I would recommend using a tensioning cleat on the support pole rope, a piece of metal that you can adjust the rope tension, as it stretches a little after setting it up.
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Old 02-09-2011, 02:57 PM   #3
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Hi: melissab... Here's a pic. of us camping at Niagara on the Lake in Aug. This was our Boler with the original awning. I never got a chance to order a new one from VTS. as we sold the trailer to buy "Our Escape Hatch" BTW the smell of the Peaches and Nectarines was intoxicating!!!
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Old 02-09-2011, 05:12 PM   #4
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My CT came with a vintage awning, I am planning on using a screened enclosure and maybe selling the awning.

You can kind of see my awning here in this pic.
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Old 02-09-2011, 07:27 PM   #5
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Melissa,
Our 17' Bigfoot came equipped with this style awning and the 30 year old canvas and poles were like new. After putting it up several times, I understand why. It's such an ordeal that it's spent all 30 years in storage. The rail is about 8 feet high and requires a step stool to reach.
It's a 2 person job to run the welt through the rail; one to pull a cord at the far end and one to feed more fabric. Once it's up and staked, the battle begins to keep the canvas tight so the top of the door doesn't rub every time the door opens. And, if it rains the slope of the canvas will trap about 5 gallons of water. It looks cute and may work better on a low 13' trailer; but, mine is going back into storage.
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Ah-ha! I knew there would be a logical reason. As I looked at the posted pix I was wondering about the looseness. They do look like they are difficult to get or keep taught. I also was wondering about their waterproofness (is that even a word???).

So for those who use screen rooms, shade tents etc instead of awnings how do you snug them against the trailer so rain doesnt run down from the roof between the room and the trailer?

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Melissa,
Our 17' Bigfoot came equipped with this style awning and the 30 year old canvas and poles were like new. After putting it up several times, I understand why. It's such an ordeal that it's spent all 30 years in storage. The rail is about 8 feet high and requires a step stool to reach.
It's a 2 person job to run the welt through the rail; one to pull a cord at the far end and one to feed more fabric. Once it's up and staked, the battle begins to keep the canvas tight so the top of the door doesn't rub every time the door opens. And, if it rains the slope of the canvas will trap about 5 gallons of water. It looks cute and may work better on a low 13' trailer; but, mine is going back into storage.
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Old 02-09-2011, 08:19 PM   #7
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Melissa, I put on a case awning... it cranks out. It's the same awning Casita puts on their trailers. I couldn't be happier! The problem I see with most small trailer awnings it appears it takes two people to deploy, then you have guy lines, etc. With a case awning I can deploy it myself and there are no extra lines. The legs can be down "carport" style or mounted to the body. It did take having a welder make the mounting brackets though and it's NOT cheap.

Search for an awning by Joy A. I followed her path... if you're interested and if you need help, let me know.
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Old 02-10-2011, 10:03 AM   #8
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escapes have a really nice crank out awning......I want one
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Hi: Bruce Thomas...They're made by Carefree of Colorado. Spirit FX model for the most part. The secret of their sturdyness is the glassed in reinforcing blocks at the mounting points for the arms. Here's a pic of the look behind the glass. It's really dark in there!!!
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Alf,

I hit the light switch back there and almost scared myself to death. What have you got going on?

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HI: Matt in SV... Guess I haven't seen the light!!!
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oooh the Creature from the Black Lagoon!

When I bought the case awning, along with all the necessary parts, I also received two rather large heavy plastic blocks. They aren't very thick... maybe 1/4", but about 3x3. The brackets on the body are thru-bolted to these blocks. I'm assuming it's to prevent added stress on the body and to prevent the brackets from pulling out. Whatever brand used on a molded trailer, I'd certainly suggest adding blocks on the back side.
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We are looking for an awning for our Bigfoot 17'....suggestions?
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