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Old 02-03-2008, 06:58 AM   #29
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I ordered my Scamp without an awning. I knew I'd want an awning even though when I was inquiring about different peoples awnings they told me I'd never use it, they didn't use theirs. Well, I use mine all the time. I rarely put it out and leave it out unless I'm somewhere where there is little or no wind. It is so easy to put in, I do so rather than having problems with the wind.

I have a little 6' x 6' Play Hut screen room that I sometimes carry. It's a pop up and has been difficult to fold down simply because it's hard to span 6' and fold at the same time. I'm going to pratice putting it up and down from now until May when I leave for the Great Lakes. I think my little screen room might be a God's Sent this summer while in MN, WI & MI.

http://www.playhut.com/backup/product_deta...=2&keyword=

I'd love to have a larger one that would fit over a campsite table but they are even more awkward for me to put up and down by myself.
W have 2 (!) of those wonderful screen rooms. When I found the 2nd one one super sale for $15 !!! it was a no brainer. Always leave that one in the van for "buggy picnics.
The trick to easy take down is sorta explained in the little paper that came with the tent. (setting up is like magic)
Hold the top with both hands spread little more than shoulder space apart (after 4 sides folded) and your feet just at the base of the folded tent.. Then take a step forward gently and walk kinda into the tent. This starts the twist/fold motion that shows you the direction the tent wants to fold up. Once that action has started, you follow through with the twist and tuck motion that curls the whole unit up into that really neat package. I found that "the walking into the tent" part was essential to the refolding.
Clear as mud I trust?
Thanks for the web site for these tents. I too would love the bigger one but can assume that it would be much more of a challenge to fold
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Old 02-04-2008, 12:29 PM   #30
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can someone tell me were i can get the old style awninig hook up ???the metal strip that the fabric slides into. type found on so many old campers and pop ups usely sold by the foot cant find it anywere??? have a 13 ft scamp old 70s style not looking to spend500 for new awning worth more than camper
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Old 02-04-2008, 01:50 PM   #31
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can someone tell me were i can get the old style awninig hook up ???the metal strip that the fabric slides into. type found on so many old campers and pop ups usely sold by the foot cant find it anywere??? have a 13 ft scamp old 70s style not looking to spend500 for new awning worth more than camper
After about 15 minutes of explaining at Camping World in Tacoma, the salesman finally picked up on what I wanted, wonder of wonders they did stock it.... If I remember correctly, about $10 for an 8 ft piece. Larry
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Old 02-04-2008, 03:30 PM   #32
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I just got off the phone with the parts guy at Scamp -- all they have for cushion replacement covers right now are "Lakelure" and "Alpine".

No other choices now . . . but he did say they were expecting some new fabric in (and that's what he said last month).

I don't know if by "new" he means new patterns or just new bolts of the same old patterns that have been available like "Marble".

I was leaning towards getting "Marble" but now they don't have. . .

Our Scamp came to us (2nd hand) with cushions with brown on one side and beige on the other, reversable and goes with just about anything. I wish they still had something like that available!

I've resigned to getting "ugly" covers to replace the sun damaged and torn covers I have now and then making easy slipcovers in fabric of my own liking.

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Old 02-06-2008, 05:27 PM   #33
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The older bag type awnings; do they come with poles and everything?? They slide on the rail right? How much? Where to buy in Massachusetts area? Simple to use??
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The older bag type awnings; do they come with poles and everything?? They slide on the rail right? How much? Where to buy in Massachusetts area? Simple to use??

I have a bag awning that I swap between my slide in P/U camper and my Scamp.
I bought it on ebay and as I remember it cost about $160.00 or $170.00 delivered.
This is the second bag awning I have had and it is better that the first one. The upright ground poles and the rafters that go to the trailer all are hinged and fold up into the aluminium extrusion that is attached to the leading outside edge of the awning. A lot of these bag awnings have seperate unattached rafters and uprights that you have to assemble like tent poles and it is very difficult for one person to set them up. I purchased the 8 foot model and it has worked out very well.
With a little practice one person can put it up quit easily.
The brand is Shade Maker. Item #330210299265 on ebay is the awning I have only in the 8 foot width. The metal strip you are looking for is called an awning rail.
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Old 02-09-2008, 09:19 AM   #35
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I'm sure that we have had other threads on the relative merits of the stock Scamp-installed A&E Catalina 2500 awning, but I'll offer my limited experience here. Having had one on my 16' Custom Deluxe that I used a number of times, I feel qualified to comment. While the Catalina is a high-quality awning, they are not the most intuitive nor the easiest awning to put up and take down. Most awnings have arms that attach to the side of the trailer. The Catalina's awning's arms fold up and into the awning case. They're a little difficult to get in and take out, and folks under 6' tall will no doubt need a sturdy stepstool of some sort to make it work. It's helpful to have a second set of hands, but it can be put up and taken down by one person.

I certainly wouldn't pass up a used trailer with the Catalina 2500 installed, but were I ordering a new trailer today, I'd forgo the factory-installed Catalina 2500 awning and have one of the next-up-the-line A&E Horizon crank-out awnings installed aftermarket if Scamp couldn't install one at the time of build.

A&E also offers a bag awning called the Trim Line for those of you with awning rails who don't want to spend a fortune on an awning.

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<cut> I'll offer my limited experience here. Having had one on my 16' Custom Deluxe that I used a number of times, I feel qualified to comment. While the Catalina is a high-quality awning, they are not the most intuitive nor the easiest awning to put up and take down. Most awnings have arms that attach to the side of the trailer. The Catalina's awning's arms fold up and into the awning case. They're a little difficult to get in and take out, and folks under 6' tall will no doubt need a sturdy stepstool of some sort to make it work. <cut>
I agree with Roger the Catalina is not the easiest awning to put away on your own. I used the one on my 16' Scamp a great deal this summer on the wet west coast of BC and could not have lived without it. I did find though the more times I used it the easier it seemed to get to put up and take down. Seems my original struggles with it were owner/operator issues. I needed to read the manual!

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