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Old 05-23-2013, 01:10 PM   #15
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Hi: My first trailer was a Casita Spirit deluxe with a Fiamma crank out case awning . I did not fully appreciate how easy the Fiamma was to operate until i sold the Casita and bought a Scamp 5th wheel with a Dometic Catalina spring loaded case awning. I am an Engineer and believe me when I say, " The Catalina awning should be enshrined in the Museum of miserable design and awful function". I can't believe I tolerated the infernal thing for the 4 years that I did. My wife, small children, animals, and the faint of heart gave me a wide berth when deploying, and wider still when closing the damn thing. Scamp should offer a rebate for anyone who has ever had one. Excuse me I need to vent. I finally replaced the evil thing, heedless of the cost, with a Carefree crank out case awning. Carefree and Fiamma appear to me to be almost one and the same, and maybe are. I can set the Carefree up or retract it in approximately 1 minute with out any cursing. Beware, however, not all case awnings are the same, if it doesn't crank out and has Catalina printed on it, run screaming!
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Old 05-23-2013, 01:58 PM   #16
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Laird, I'm also an engineer.
Sounds like your Catalina was like one I had, which I considered a "Less Than Elegant" product.



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Old 05-23-2013, 01:58 PM   #17
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LOL couldnt agree with you more - took me many many times of putting up and taking down the Dometic awning on my Scamp before I figured out how to do it on my own and not end up in a big mess with it & to actually get it to close first try! Even now I know what I have to do it still doesn't always go as it should! Suspect its why Scamp has changed to using the Fiamma?
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Old 05-24-2013, 02:48 AM   #18
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And just when I was going to get up enough nerve to start a new post and ask "What the heck is a Bag Awning?" this forum answered the question.
If I buy a "Bag Awning" does that make me a "Bag Lady?" well I am on the road to the poor house refurbishing this trailer but notice lots of fellow travelers from this forum
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Old 05-25-2013, 06:29 PM   #19
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Hi: My first trailer was a Casita Spirit deluxe with a Fiamma crank out case awning . I did not fully appreciate how easy the Fiamma was to operate until i sold the Casita and bought a Scamp 5th wheel with a Dometic Catalina spring loaded case awning.
I'm not an engineer, nor do I play one on TV and I'm sure folks wonder why I spent big bucks to install a Fiamma awning on my Scamp... but I love it, can totally set it up by myself in mere moments. Fiamma rules!
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Old 05-25-2013, 11:50 PM   #20
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The original poster was mistaken.....it was the old Scamp awning that was hard to use.

It took lots of convincing to get Scamp to change to the box crank out awning. I even cranked out my box awning when I was back there in 2008 showing them how easy it is to operate. It was funny because just as I was finished with a demonstation out would come someone else from the factory to see operate. I think I was there a couple of hours cranking it in and cranking it out.

I think seeing it in person and knowing that I had had my much heavier awning on for about 6 years with no problems was enough to get them to finally change to the much nicer awning.

So as it stands now both Casita and Scamp use the same awning.
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