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Old 09-14-2010, 08:39 PM   #1
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Awning or not

If this is the wrong place please let me know.
I just ordered an 16” Scamp, should I get an awning with it. Is it worth it, what say you!
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Old 09-14-2010, 08:50 PM   #2
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If I lived in Grand Forks, ND, I might not think too much about getting an awning, but I live in Dripping Springs, TX, so an awning is almost a must have.
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Old 09-14-2010, 08:52 PM   #3
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18" Scamp? Sorry couldn't resist! I put an awning on my 16 footer... but it's a case awning like the ones on Casita... not the roller shade kind like Scamp puts on.

And I love it! Not for rain, but shade.
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Old 09-15-2010, 09:47 AM   #4
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Does yours fit tighter to the top of the camper then Scamps so the rain doesn't run down the side of it?

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I have a 16' and I use the awning all the time. As Donna says its great for shade and it does help in the rain here in BC as well. Its a must have for me. The water coming down between the trailer and the case is usually not an issue - actually suprising how little water does come through but when in a real BC down pour I stuff pool noodles that I have cut in half between the case and the trailer to stop it.
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Carol:

Does't the water run down, hit the seam and splatter onto whatever is sitting next to the trailer. That's what I don't like.
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I have a tarp that I attach to the side of my awning to keep out the rain when it's blowing. It works great and gives me that cosy feeling, especially with my fire pit going.
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Old 09-15-2010, 01:28 PM   #8
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Does't the water run down, hit the seam and splatter onto whatever is sitting next to the trailer. That's what I don't like.
Sorry Cyndi I'm not sure what you mean by "hit the seam". Water does tend to run down on the sides but thats going to happen with pretty well anything you put up. The amount that comes down between the trailer roof and the awning box is actually not that much and having some things stay dry is better than nothing.
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Old 09-15-2010, 07:32 PM   #9
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The 'roller' style awnings have a gap between the awning and the trailer so rain can run down the sides of the trailer under the awning. Bag awnings slide into a track that is mounted tightly to the side of the trailer, which means no gap.
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Carol H:

I will take a picture tomarrow and show you the metal band that covers the seam that joins the two halves.
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Does yours fit tighter to the top of the camper then Scamps so the rain doesn't run down the side of it?

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No there's a gap. But I seldom use it in the rain. As I mentioned, it's more for shade.

Carol, I think Cyndi is talking about the water running down and hitting the belly band, which causes it to splash. And it does. But certainly no more than if there was no awning. If it was a problem, I'd fill in the gap, which many have done successfully.
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Old 09-16-2010, 07:20 AM   #12
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On our last camping trip we were in the shade at all three campgrounds we stayed at and never saw the need to open the awning. If I lived in the Mid-west or West, where shade was less common, I would definitely get an awning. If I was buying our egg over again, I don't think I'd buy the awning since shade is very common at the state parks we camp at in Florida and Alabama.
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When we purchased our 13' the awning was a question. We decided no awning. After reading some of the accounts and watching people with awnings I don't regret the decision. There's a qualifier here too. Many of the places we camp there's no good place to use an awning. The picnic table, if there is one, is too far away or is on the other side of barriers, etc.

When is camp site with trees around we ofter chase the shade. It's kind of nice to get different views during the day. With an awning there's a tendency to stay under the awning. Once in awhile we'll put a free standing item for shade.

In one observation a couple pulled, once level deployed their awning, unrolled a large carpet under the awning, put a fence around the carpet. As far as I cold tell they very rarely left the security of their awning and fence.

Just my 2 cent worth.
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We travelled, for a month, from to Alberta and back this summer. I carried a track awning with us and when spending one night at a campsight and then gone in the morning we did not deploy the awning but when staying several days at a park then we attached it. [only takes five minutes] It was nice to be able to have shade from the summer sun on hot days and to still be able to cook outside protected from the rain on the bad days, and whatever else falls from the trees.
Not to carry one with you leaves you with NO option.
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