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Old 07-10-2013, 08:25 AM   #29
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I have the Catalina 2500 awning and I love it! Sad to say it went out of production a couple of years ago. Of course I have an 8 footer on a 13 Scamp and I am 6ft tall. I gave away my awning pole years ago.

The pole can be custom cut to length , which helps when using it.
Also the legs should be equal height and equal distance from the trailer when deployed or retracted.
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:45 AM   #30
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Mine is a carefree awning, if it makes a difference. It couldn't be easier to use.
Jared THAT IS the difference! That wasnt original to your trailer. The Catalina box awning it what I have as well and its a pain to figure out how to put away correctly. Next trailer will have the Carefree for sure!
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Old 07-10-2013, 11:17 AM   #31
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No. Wind 4 in the morning. Aluminum has amazing memory. We flipped it off the camper and it almost sprung back. This happened right after we got it new. My husband was going to take it off and pitch until I told him how much it cost. Some parts later and a lot of cussing it's back on the camper. Haven't had it out since the repair.
Wow, sorry that happened. what kind of awning was it?

we have a Dometic Horizon model 920, ordered it with our 2011 5r. hope we don't have similar problems....I am afraid to use it as I have seen pics of the sides of the Scamp ripped out due to wind. Wish we would not have purchased it, way too expensive ($1k)....and it's heavy!
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:17 PM   #32
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Awnings ripping or flipping over the top of trailers isn't an ALL MOLDED towable condition. It can HAPPEN on any brand/build of trailer. Don't be afraid, just use common sense. If it's windy... put it in or don't deploy it in the first place. And don't depend on the weight of the awning to keep it from "flying." There are all sorts of methods to hold it in place... from straps anchored to the ground (what I use) to gallon jugs of water (anchored to the legs) to ....
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Old 07-11-2013, 02:57 PM   #33
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I want to thank everyone for their replies. Let me say one thing I apparently did not state: I got the awning out and back in just fine. BUT BUT BUT it was hard work for me and by the 7th time it was STILL hard work and required I use a ladder several times. I would hate having to put it up in a hurry. FAST is no longer a good speed for me, and FAST when a ladder's involved is dangerous in my case. I've got an orthopedic "impediment" which has raised havoc with my balance since hitting the big six-oh.

So, I ordered a slight upgrade to my original super-brella: the sport-brella. No more anxiety about an awning.

If not for a balance issue, I might have tried to make do with the awning. But I know I've made the best decision for ME. Again, thx all for the input.

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Old 07-11-2013, 03:25 PM   #34
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I would just leave it as it Sharon and when or if you go to sell it then its already there and ready to go for another person. IMO
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Old 07-11-2013, 06:00 PM   #35
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Donna:

The idea of tie downs was suggested but someone must of thought they were like wearing underwear. They got a purpose? Maybe that is why I sheepishly got satisfaction out of watching him fix the thing. Evil. Hindsight, should have been a big girl and did it myself.

jrbower: It was a Dometic that Scamp puts on.
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Old 08-03-2013, 09:43 PM   #36
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Mine is the Catalina 2500 and it sucks.

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We've got the 2500 on our 90's scamp, and I'd agree, it does suck. The end caps are now broken, it's always been a pain to take out and put up, and I'm on the forum here now, looking for ideas for a new awning.
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Old 08-03-2013, 11:23 PM   #37
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I've never really had much use for an awning. I rarely stay at any one location for more than a day, and usually just for one night. That changed this summer, when set up in Yosemite's Bridalveil Creek CG for 6 days. Suddenly the awning made great sense. I loved sitting under the shady awning, reading or just watching the world go by. Finally I get why people like awnings.

I have no idea what kind mine is, but it's not hard. They provide a long wire tool to reach up and flip the lock, then to put in the strap loop and pull the awning down as far as desired. Then I unlock and extend the supports a foot or two, and that's it. No need to detach the feet and put them on the ground, although I guess I could if I had some weights.

To put away, I unlock the supports again and they slide back. Then holding the strap I flip the lever, and it rolls itself up.

I guess if your awning is not this easy, it's time to look for one that is.
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Old 08-04-2013, 02:35 AM   #38
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We've got the 2500 on our 90's scamp, and I'd agree, it does suck. The end caps are now broken, it's always been a pain to take out and put up, and I'm on the forum here now, looking for ideas for a new awning.

I was aware of the 2500 awning before I ordered my Scamp so I ordered without an awning. I'm 5' 2" and can't imagine being able to pull the 2500's awning out deploying it properly. It's a finiky awning to get out or put away without binding it.

I purchased the awning Casita uses and enstalled it.

Scamp no longer installs the 2500 and has gone to the same one Casita uses (same as the Carefree awning). It a much better and easier to use awning. The Scamp factory was worried about the extra weight of the new box awning until I stopped by and showed them my awning in 2008 and told them it had been on since the spring of 2002 (6 years) with no problems. I would have thought a 2011 Scamp would have come with the new awning. So I guess I don't now the actual date when they change to better awning, it didn't seem like it was 3 years later after my visit.
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Old 08-04-2013, 08:27 AM   #39
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It looks like from Scamp's facebook page they are delivering new Scamps with Fiamma F45 awnings now. I wonder if they are an easier option from what other's have experienced in the past?

I'd definitely like to have an awning.

It looks like Carefree Awnings are the least finicky so far.
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Old 08-04-2013, 08:38 AM   #40
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I guarantee my carefree has been on for a number of years, and works great. No issues with damage to the fiberglass. The only issue I've had, was the front corners ripped a bit at the seam…when I forgot to lower the legs, and there was 12" of water sitting in it. You can't blame the awning for that one. I was fairly impressed it did that well. Lesson learned.
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Donna - Do you have any photos of how the Carefree / Fiamma is mounted on your scamp? I'm wondering if the old Catalina mounts will work with a new awning?
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Donna - Do you have any photos of how the Carefree / Fiamma is mounted on your scamp? I'm wondering if the old Catalina mounts will work with a new awning?
No, not any good pics available. I originally ordered the Casita bracket... then returned them. Cheesy. Ended up having what I needed made by a welder. All aluminum, not cheap... but one and done.

Here's a pic of the bracket I had made, link to direct post: 10 ft Horizon Awning on 16 ft Scamp??

This is a direct link to Joy A.'s pics: 10 ft Horizon Awning on 16 ft Scamp?? the thread also includes plans for the bracket.
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