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Old 01-01-2012, 08:49 PM   #1
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Scamp awning, Rain, Windows

Some questions for those of you with the Scamp awning. It looks to me like the awning does not mount tight against the Scamp body but rather that there is a space between. Does water run down the side of the Scamp in a rain (and yes, we would take it down in a bigger storm).

Also, with sliding windows, how does one ventilate the trailer without getting rain in through the windows? Is there some source of air inflow other than the windows? Does anyone have window awnings?

We like to have as many windows open as possible.

Thanks for your help
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Old 01-01-2012, 08:59 PM   #2
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Yes there is a space between the trailer and awning and yes water does run thru there and hunts your eye down in my experience,wearing glasses.

Most people seem to stick something in the space thus making a gutter of sorts and then the water will just run to the ends to get in the window and door.

The Scamp also has little metal drip gaurds over the windows but they only provide a minimum of protection too.

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and I have them on the 2 side windows of my Casita now. With these and the roof vent cover you can have decent cross breeze going without any water getting in at all.

I have seen window awnings and am considering making some too.

I also have a spare Bag Awning that I am thinking of mounting on the other side of the trailer so I will have sun and rain protection on both sides.

Lastly I have also used an EZ Up type free standing shelter over the entire trailer which keeps the rain off and makes things a lot cooler without sun directly on the roof.

What size Scamp did you order?

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Old 01-02-2012, 01:02 AM   #3
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HI Ed, Thanks. That was a lot of good information. The Windows/Maxx product looks good but I notice that they only allow the window to open four inches. Not sure how much open I'll be willing to sacrifice.

I'm still thinking about window awnings also. I could probably whip some up out of awning track, Sunbrella fabric, and some PVC tubing or boat bimini top hardware. The manufactured ones are mighty spendy.

A mix of Window/Maxx on two windows and a couple of awnings on others might be a good setup for us.

We have a 16 foot Scamp number 7 layout on order. Lots of windows and lots of places to sit around. We prefer to avoid crawling over each other so the 7 layout would give us more sleeping options. I'm thinking of modding the couch/bunk by remaking the upper bunk into a 4 foot wide back rest that could be hinged up against the front window at night, removing the bunk support sockets, and having a one-piece mattress made up that would increase the width to about 30 inches.

We have lots of other mods in mind but we'll be taking it slow because, as we have found out with our tent trailer, some things are best left as the designer intended.

BTW we have toured Casitas and were very impressed. Beautifully executed interiors. Our main reason for going with Scamp is that they are right here in Minnesota and are willing to do a fair amount of customizing for us.

Thanks, Ed
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Old 01-02-2012, 05:18 AM   #4
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Rain and slider windows is the very reason I'd love to have the old fashioned jalousie windows. Does Scamp still offer the semi-jalousies? If they do, to ME, it would be worth paying extra YMMV
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The Window Maxx allow the 4 inches of protected ventilation but are easily opened past that point too but without then keeping the rain out.

Also I am not sure about the Jalousie option still being offered but if so they are very handy too. They do only let the air in thru 1/2 the window as you can see in Donnas picture but that is the case with the slider windows as well.

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Old 01-02-2012, 05:45 AM   #6
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Hi Dan and welcome. Two years ago jalousie windows on the sides were a no cost option and I read somewhere that the sliders were being phased out completely?? Worth a call to Scamp. Raz
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Some questions for those of you with the Scamp awning. It looks to me like the awning does not mount tight against the Scamp body but rather that there is a space between. Does water run down the side of the Scamp in a rain (and yes, we would take it down in a bigger storm).

Also, with sliding windows, how does one ventilate the trailer without getting rain in through the windows? Is there some source of air inflow other than the windows? Does anyone have window awnings?

We like to have as many windows open as possible.

Thanks for your help
DJ
We spent 93 cents to drop a length of white PVC pipe into the gap, then caulked it in from above, works great, and and has since 2004.
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Great idea with the PVC pipe! And about as cheap a fix as possible. You folks are just full of great ideas and they are all going onto my checklist.

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Old 01-02-2012, 03:29 PM   #9
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Add a gutter to the awning. It was the most annoying thing when we had a Scamp 13. Where we are with lots of pine trees the pine straw would accumulate between the awning and camper when it rained. What a Pita to get out of there. Also, when it rained hard so much water ran down the camper the Splash back would get the inside bottom of the door wet! We went from a popup to the Scamp too and I prefer the bag awning on the popup to the one that came with the Scamp.

We used the crank out window above the stove to ventilate in cold weather to prevent condensation. If you didn't get the A/C you could add a 2-way Maxxair fan. With one or two windows slightly open it would pull plenty of air through like a whole house fan. If you added some sort of awnings to the windows on the walls of your sleeping area it will pull the air right over you. Nothing is like having all of the bunk end windows open though.

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Old 01-02-2012, 03:49 PM   #10
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I also heard that the side sliders were going to be fazed out. That
Scamp was going to install the new Jalousie windows like in Donna D's picture. You may be getting them and not the sliders.

I too, used PVC to fill the gap. I cut the PVC length-wise so it's a "U" shaped gutter not just a PVC pipe filling the gap. Mine has been in place for some 10 years, sealed in with caulk.

I have Window Maxx's on my sliders and they are fine. No visuability problem or lack of air circulation.

If the window over the stove is an option be sure to get it.

Don't forget to get the Fantastic fan whether you opt for an air conditioner or not.
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Rain and slider windows is the very reason I'd love to have the old fashioned jalousie windows. Does Scamp still offer the semi-jalousies? If they do, to ME, it would be worth paying extra YMMV
Donna, I saw a Scamp that was only a few months old a Joshua Tree a couple of weeks ago and it had windows very much like the ones in your photo. The owner indicated that was how it came from the factory. The owner didn't indicate if that style of window was now standard or if it was an option.
If they are now standard then no need for awning or Maxi vents as venting in the rain should not be an issue.
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I also heard that the side sliders were going to be fazed out. That
Scamp was going to install the new Jalousie windows like in Donna D's picture. You may be getting them and not the sliders.

I too, used PVC to fill the gap. I cut the PVC length-wise so it's a "U" shaped gutter not just a PVC pipe filling the gap. Mine has been in place for some 10 years, sealed in with caulk.

I have Window Maxx's on my sliders and they are fine. No visuability problem or lack of air circulation.

If the window over the stove is an option be sure to get it.

Don't forget to get the Fantastic fan whether you opt for an air conditioner or not.
Hi Joy;
It's not clear what "not just" means in context, but you have an Horizon awning and I have a Catalina 2500.
The whole small piece of PVC works best with the Catalina,with a small smooth bead of silicone on each side from above, it forms a perfect gutter.
Your Horizon is shaped differently and may require the extra effort? Bigger gap maybe?
Did you order your trailer without an awning, and put the Horizon on when your trailer was new?
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Dan,
Get the jalousie windows, or sliders and install maxair vents also get a Maxairfan, or fantastic fan with cover. As for awning I took mine off....
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Old 01-02-2012, 07:22 PM   #14
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We have ordered the new Scamp with:
Awning - because my wife is sun burns easily and needs the shade
Air conditioning - because we will often be traveling in hot and humid weather
Fantastic Fan - because they ARE fantastic

We have both an Easy-up and a screen room for longer stays.

Part of the reason for the way we are speccing this trailer is that it will be used both for trips where we move almost every day for long distance trips and for trips close to home with our bicycle/kayak club where we stay for three to five days at a time. For the first type of trip we want to be able to set up and strike camp quickly. For the second type we would have all of the goodies (kayaks, bikes, screen room, Easy-up, folding rocker, etc.) along to make for a comfy stay.

When we visited the Scamp factory they offered the choice of either type of window and did not indicate that either type would be phased out. Of course, as we all know, things change. They said they wouldn't start building ours until late February/early March since we do not want to pick it up until the snow melts. Nevertheless, I plan to make another trip up to Backus to finalize some of the specs.

This is going to be fun. Also... this has to be the busiest and most helpful forum I've ever come across. Amazing.

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