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Old 02-06-2019, 01:34 PM   #15
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4got a couple things. If you use the factory 120W solar panels, chain them to the trailer w a decent chain..to deter sticky fingers from walking off w them. Same goes for an inverter/generator if you buy one, and IF it is free standing, like our is.
WE have a 2200W Briggs & Stratton wh powers all + the AC if needed.. hint..do not buy a std, open-frame "construction site" type gen...they way too loud unless u r gonna only camp in boondocks
They're just too loud, period! I doubt you would even care to listen to your own open frame generator in the boondocks. Buddy Mike (and he's primarily a boondocker) went out and bought a Champion 3000w inverter generator for camping, as an addition to his larger 'Open-frame' Generac for home standby.
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Old 02-06-2019, 03:27 PM   #16
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Re spare tire. My 2010 17 Casita was rubbing on the back so I bought 4 - 5 diameter vinyl self-stick, flat door knob bumpers from Lowes and stuck to the camper between tire and camper. No more rubbing on wall.
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Old 02-08-2019, 05:58 PM   #17
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There is now Little Home on the Road near Dallas. Littlehomeontheroad.com. People on Casita sites seem to be quite happy with them. We have the awning, and use it, but if you are going to get and use a Clam, you probably wont need both.
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Old 02-08-2019, 07:27 PM   #18
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Awning ; have it , like it , would buy it again .
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Old 02-17-2019, 11:37 AM   #19
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Awning, Spare Tire

We didn't buy an awning, but used a Clam Shell. We were happy with that arrangement. We liked the flexibility of setting up the Clam Shell anywhere. However when we went to sell our Casita, lack of an awning was a negative point.


We asked Casita factory to not mount our spare tire. Instead we bought the 2 inch hitch mount and spare tire holder from Orbital Machine Works in Lewisville TX. The hitch mount bolts to the frame and the spare tire holder slips into it to hold the spare tire a couple of inches off the Casita. The spare tire holder also has a 2 inch hitch mount into which we mounted a bike rack carrier. It is not an inexpensive solution, but it works very well and we were happy we did it.
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Old 03-24-2019, 07:46 AM   #20
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I'm sure you'll get many pro and con arguments on the awning topic. I'm from the other camp. I would never again buy a rounded fiberglass trailer with a factory awning. The one my trailer came with, I removed because it was a real PITA on several levels. First and foremost, it is really silly in what many trailer manufacturers try to do to create some Rube Goldberg half-fast method of trying to mount them. Let's face it, an awning built and designed to be mounted on the flat vertical side wall of some "stick built" trailer just doesn't adapt well to any attempts at being mounted on a rounded fiberglass trailer. They don't seal well to the side of the trailer, so gaps exist where the rain just comes in right down the side of the trailer. (And yes, I tried all those stupid "work-around cures" to fix something that can't be done properly to begin with, such as the silly pool noodles, caulked-in sections of plastic gutters, etc,) All that crap about how to seal the gap up did was to create an impossible to clean frog pond on the roof. So what good is it? In short, I never liked mine, and so I removed it and sold it. Good riddance!
And, God forbid, don't ever leave it unattended for even five minutes, because you'll come back to it wrapped around your trailer's roof at the first strong gust of wind, and no doubt it will cause some expensive damage in the process.
My advice, skip the Fiamma awning option, save your $1,200+ bucks, and when you get your trailer, just install a comparatively inexpensive Keder rail for a slide-in bag awning. My slide-in is easy, lightweight, and pretty much bullet proof in the rain and wind. Oh, and it also seals the rain out too without all that other stop-gap baloney. Just my 2 cents.

I took my spare off before it could rub a wear pattern on the fiberglass on the rear of the trailer. It now lives in the bed of my pickup on trips now.

And as to Little House Customs it is true that Larry is "pulling the plug" from working on them for a well-deserved retirement. But the store is still up and running, and will continue to be.
I've been looking for an awning just like you described. I want a rail that can seal to my Burro to keep the rain from dripping down the side. I've found these. I just don't know what type of awning to use with it. Can you give any suggestions? What did you use?
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Old 03-24-2019, 08:56 AM   #21
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Exclamation Awning Problems

This post is the voice of experience when it comes to awnings and their fitment. The take-home I get is that the poster likes the idea of awning windows. He just wants them to work reliably, which factory offerings don't. So he came up with his own solution. This is the typical scenario about a built-to-a-price NOT a built-for-function trailer. Until consumers stop buying on price and demand a better product, this will not change
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Old 03-24-2019, 09:32 AM   #22
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I've been looking for an awning just like you described. I want a rail that can seal to my Burro to keep the rain from dripping down the side. I've found these. I just don't know what type of awning to use with it. Can you give any suggestions? What did you use?
Here's a few sites that make them to your specifications. I bought one pre-made, and made one myself with a heavy-duty "farm tarp" that I sewed a Keder welt strip on one end. And to support the outward end, I just bought some of those aluminum telescoping 3-section tent poles at the local sporting goods store. Some people like the heavier duty "painter poles" available at the big box stores. Your preference. Don't forget the heavy duty tent stakes and some guy lines to tension up the tarp's suspension at the tent poles.

Marti's Trailer Awnings Contact and Order

https://www.vintagetrailersupply.com...-p/vts-400.htm

https://www.reimo.com/en/D-camping_s...rhome_awnings/

https://www.tarpsplus.com/tarp-awnings.html (If you want to make your own.)
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Old 03-24-2019, 09:38 AM   #23
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Stand alone shelters vs awnings

Personally we use both..the Gazelle we bought last spring worked well all season..easy to tie down and if a uuge storm comes while we are away from 'camp' we have not lost a $800 awning like we would lose if we had left our trailer awning rolled out all the time. Usually we end up only rolling the awning out about 2 feet... to shade the frig vents, bks we love our Gazelle shelter.

BTW the rubber bumpers cured or prevented the "rubbing spare problem" w/o damage to the gelcoat
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Old 03-24-2019, 02:21 PM   #24
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Here's a few sites that make them to your specifications. I bought one pre-made, and made one myself with a heavy-duty "farm tarp" that I sewed a Keder welt strip on one end. And to support the outward end, I just bought some of those aluminum telescoping 3-section tent poles at the local sporting goods store. Some people like the heavier duty "painter poles" available at the big box stores. Your preference. Don't forget the heavy duty tent stakes and some guy lines to tension up the tarp's suspension at the tent poles.

Marti's Trailer Awnings Contact and Order

https://www.vintagetrailersupply.com...-p/vts-400.htm

https://www.reimo.com/en/D-camping_s...rhome_awnings/

https://www.tarpsplus.com/tarp-awnings.html (If you want to make your own.)
Thanks Greg. Back in the old days, when we camped in a cheap leaky tent, we used to put a tarp over it for rain. It was very noisy in the wind. How noisy is the farm tarp you used? Would I have the same problem? I like the idea of making my own, but I want to make sure I use the right material.
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Old 03-25-2019, 08:36 AM   #25
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Thanks Greg. Back in the old days, when we camped in a cheap leaky tent, we used to put a tarp over it for rain. It was very noisy in the wind. How noisy is the farm tarp you used? Would I have the same problem? I like the idea of making my own, but I want to make sure I use the right material.
It doesn't make any rustling or flapping noise, even in a good stiff breeze. Very occasionally, if the wind is strong enough and coming in just right, you might get a little "fluttering", but it doesn't last long, and it's not at all loud. My home made "farm tarp" awning is very heavyweight waterproof material and the wind has virtually no effect on it. This is the same tarp material that hay farmers cover their hay piles out in the fields with all year around. Very strong and durable, and will probably outlast me.

Incidentally, I just bought another awning this morning from Marti's Awnings. It was one of several pre-made ones that she had in stock. It's 7'6" X 7'6", which is just perfect size for my 7'6" Keder rail, and includes a "stuff bag" for it, and shipping for only $225.00

So, now I have three awnings.
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Old 03-25-2019, 07:00 PM   #26
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It doesn't make any rustling or flapping noise, even in a good stiff breeze. Very occasionally, if the wind is strong enough and coming in just right, you might get a little "fluttering", but it doesn't last long, and it's not at all loud. My home made "farm tarp" awning is very heavyweight waterproof material and the wind has virtually no effect on it. This is the same tarp material that hay farmers cover their hay piles out in the fields with all year around. Very strong and durable, and will probably outlast me.

Incidentally, I just bought another awning this morning from Marti's Awnings. It was one of several pre-made ones that she had in stock. It's 7'6" X 7'6", which is just perfect size for my 7'6" Keder rail, and includes a "stuff bag" for it, and shipping for only $225.00

So, now I have three awnings.
Thanks Greg. I think I'll see what Marti has in stock before making my own. The price is good and it would be good to see a professionally made one before I try to make one.
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