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Old 06-28-2013, 02:08 PM   #1
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Introduction - help with awning

Hello everyone, I am the proud new owner of a Trillium 5500 (The Dreamsicle)! We just upgraded from our Trillium 1300. The new one needs a bit of work but we are looking forward to the extra space!
This year I want to add a new awning (existing one is an orange tarp ) is there any advice you can give me on this selection? The dealer suggestions are: Dometic bag awning, Dometic rollup awning but we are not sure which curved arms to use or how to mount this and clear the door, or a Carefree Awning but I am having a hard time with that dealer - no real info.
I am excited about joining the list and seeing what everyone has done with their trailers! Thanks, Mari
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Old 06-28-2013, 02:34 PM   #2
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My short-lived experience with awnings is that it seems very hard to get specific prices for the whole thing, combined with the difficulty of finding one that would even fit a small trailer. We found them, but once we understood the price, backed off. I hope some other egg owners pipe in here. I'll have my ears open!

By the way, welcome to the group!

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Old 06-28-2013, 03:23 PM   #3
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Welcome to the Forum. Glad you found us.
I'm like you. I searched and searched the web for awnings before
I purchased a trailer. One reason was because I thought the option
awnings were a bit pricey. But when I saw the prices of what's out
there and I didn't have a clue about installing them, I opted for the
option at the factory. I don't know if these are special made for them
or available for any one. I do know they would work on anything from
the way they are made. And easy for one person to put up and take down.

This is a picture of the optional awnings I had the factory put on while they
were building it.

Awnings - Rear angle view

This one may be easier to see how it's constructed.

Side Awning and open window
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Old 06-28-2013, 04:19 PM   #4
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Could keep it simple and go the vintage style like I did
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Old 06-28-2013, 05:41 PM   #5
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Welcome to FGRV Mari,
I was looking for a picture of Doug Clapps 5500 from the recent Eggfest here in Ontario because he had a nice awning on a 5500.
I did find some other pictures and threads that show awnings on a 5500:
trillium 5500 dry weight ?
1976 13' Trillium and 1980 Trillium 5500 18'
New awning + more!
Fiberglass RV - Historian's Album: Trillium - Picture

I do know of 2 good threads that discuss awnings.
http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f55/advice-re-awnings-for-13-trillium-48070.html
http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f56/best-awning-option-45105.html

First step in my mind is to determine how long you want or need your awning to be? I see two options span all 3 windows and door or 2 windows and the door. Are you going to want a screen room or add a room? Do you want everything self contained or will accept arms down the side of the trailer. That info will narrow down your choices. Prices vary.

Then there are the 3 existing manufacturers that have similar body styles that provide awnings:
19 Foot Escape
Slideshow | Trillium RV
Compact lightweight fiberglass Outback travel trailers Calgary | Trillium Trailers

Hope that helps
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Old 06-28-2013, 06:05 PM   #6
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We recently ordered a custom made 7' X 7' rope & pole awning from Kristi in GA. It was $200 and we received it in three weeks or less. Ordered a 8' piece of awning rail from JC Whitney for about $13 and free shipping, but after a couple weeks passed and no rail and they couldn't even locate one we cancelled that one and ordered the rail from Vintage Trailer Supply. Had to pay extra for a PVC pipe to ship it in, and pay shipping too, but at least they had it in stock and could ship it right out. First time we've had a problem with Whitney, but considering their price for the rail and free shipping they wouldn't have made anything on it.
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Old 06-28-2013, 07:43 PM   #7
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Hi Mari, to FiberglassRV, we're glad you're here!

As you can tell from the responses you've gotten, there are lots of kind and helpful people here on the forums.

I see your 5500 as your avatar. Do you have any other pictures to share? We love pics!
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Old 06-28-2013, 11:30 PM   #8
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I have a rope & pole awning (made by Marti's awnings) that I love. It was about $175. Nice thing about custom awnings is that you choose the awning fabric color and pattern that you want.
I liked the bag awnings, but not the fabric choices.
You've got a sweeeet trailer in that Dreamsicle, Mari!! Please keep posting photos of your repairs and upgrades!
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Old 06-29-2013, 06:45 AM   #9
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We tried to contact Marti but she closed down in early March because of some family issues and we still have not got a response from her. Have heard she does a good job on awnings but because we couldn't get in contact we had to go to another source.
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Welcome Mari from N.C.
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Marti posted this June 13 on her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Ma...03861736305065:

To my customers:

Thank you all for your patience and condolences this spring. I am back to work now, and I want you to know I am working as fast as possible to fulfill your custom orders. As you can imagine, between my necessary family breaks and the number of orders I received this spring, I am behind. Right now I am booked out about 6 weeks.

If you placed an order early this spring and feel yours should be coming up soon, please feel free to contact me.

I know camping season is here, and I’m sewing diligently so you can get out and enjoy your awnings.

Thanks again for your patience,
Marti
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Old 06-29-2013, 08:47 AM   #12
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Donna, thanks for the info on Marti, she originally stated that she would be closed for about 6 weeks. It was well beyond that time when we tried to contact her and never got a reply. Glad to hear she's back. We are now just waiting for our awning rail to arrive.
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I looked on Marti's web site. Where do you buy railing? I didnt see any sources listed on her links. Would like to look them up to get an idea of out the door costs.
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I looked on Marti's web site. Where do you buy railing? I didnt see any sources listed on her links. Would like to look them up to get an idea of out the door costs.
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You can purchase at just about anyplace that sells RV parts. They're used a LOT on popups for awnings. The rail is the cheap part .
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