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Old 02-26-2015, 03:46 PM   #1
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Hi,

I'm new here, just joined... I have a trillium which the awning is gone. Anyone have ideas on replacing or new ideas on what you have done?

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Old 02-26-2015, 04:28 PM   #2
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After trying a rope & pole awning we switched to a bag awning
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Old 02-26-2015, 04:58 PM   #3
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If your Trillium still has the awning rail securely attached, either a rope-and-pole awning or a bag awning will work. The difference is that the rope-and-pole style is not self-storing- you have to remove it and store it inside the trailer or tug when you break camp. A bag awning stores in its own bag that hangs from the awning rail in transit. It's still a good idea to remove and store it indoors between trips because water can work its way inside the bag.
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Another option is a free-standing canopy. Our Scamp did not come with an awning rail or a newer-style case awning, so we just use a 10x10 FirstUp canopy we already owned. It's somewhat heavier than the attached types and takes up space inside the trailer when traveling, but it has several advantages that make it work for us. It's much cheaper (about $100-125 for a decent quality one; make sure to get a straight-leg style). It can be set up away from the trailer to take advantage of shade or views. It's sturdier in the wind and doesn't shake the trailer when the wind does blow. It can be set up next to the trailer, but the legs may have to be raised a few inches for the door to clear. You can also buy side panels, either screened or solid.

Here's our FirstUp taking advantage of a shady corner of our site at Lost Dutchman State Park recently, while the trailer had to remain on the paved parking pad in the sun.
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Old 02-26-2015, 07:23 PM   #4
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Good point with water getting into the bag awning Jon. Ours does that when the awning is rolled up into the bag. Don't know how it gets in. One advantage with a bag awning is the "rafters" that extend out from the trailer to help keep the awning tight. Shademaker has an optional center rafter that we bought.
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Old 02-26-2015, 10:49 PM   #5
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That water getting in...? Condensation????
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Old 02-26-2015, 10:56 PM   #6
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That water getting in...? Condensation????
I believe from other posts the water gets in through the zipper. Think someone said they used paraffin wax or something like that on the zipper and it helped.
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Old 02-27-2015, 12:30 AM   #7
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I do like my rope awning. With detachable sides that zip together and have large windows.


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That water getting in...? Condensation????
It's not condensation as the awning can get quite wet in the bag. Possibly through the stitching as the zipper is at the bottom. Now I remove the whole thing if the camper is not going to be used for awhile.
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Seasonally we too totally remove our awning. Even in summertime we almost always find some amount of moisture (water/condensation) inside our awning. This seems to happen even IF we put the awning away bone dry.... Can only attribute the moisture to condensation as the awning is stowed dry had no rain and yet upon reopening, the awning shows condensation on it.
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