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Old 06-21-2014, 07:43 PM   #1
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Want to purchase awning

I've been reading a lot of posts about awnings for FG eggs........some are very disappointing to read. Anyone out there recently buy an awning for a small (13') camper that they are happy with? Does the awning rail come with the awning? Does your awning allow for side walls to be added? Thanks for all of your feedback!
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Old 06-21-2014, 08:46 PM   #2
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Have you considered a freestanding awning rather than an attached awning? We use a simple 10x10 straight-leg FirstUp. We carry ours on the front sofa en route and it is one of the first things we unload (along with our stand-alone ice chest).

ADV: no installation or holes in fiberglass, better aerodynamics, flexible placement, sturdy, side curtains and bug nets can be added, available at WalMart & sporting goods stores, inexpensive, guy ropes usually not needed (just stakes), can use for other things between trips

DIS: takes up space inside trailer en route, may be too short for door to clear when placed right beside trailer, doesn't seal out rain between awning & trailer, lacks the "cute" factor

There have been a lot of discussions on the merits of both arrangements on this forum. My observation is that people who camp a lot in wet conditions favor an attached awning; those who don't are split.
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Old 06-21-2014, 09:15 PM   #3
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First up is the name of your tent?
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Old 06-21-2014, 10:11 PM   #4
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Thats a good point, I nned to take the minimum height to open my door...if the ez-up style doesnt fit I wont do it....i could sew a strip of canvas to the awning to tie it to the roof for protection in the rain.... sidewalls could be nice
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Old 06-21-2014, 10:38 PM   #5
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I sewed a little extension for our King Canopy to connect it to the Trillium. It is just a mini awning with the usual rope that slides along a rail on the camper. The outer edge has Velcro that sticks to the bottom of the canopy. We find it handy as it means the canopy doesn't need to be as close to the door.

I tried to attach a photo but was unsuccessful. The site seemed to want a URL and the photo is on my desktop. The only other option I could see was for a video!
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click the icon of the paperclip to attach photo's
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Thank you - I KNEW there was a way to attach photos but couldn't remember it! This was taken earlier this spring in the Alberta foothills. Lovely little lake a few steps from our picnic table that our inflatable enjoyed exploring. We had some strong wind for a while and that is why there are extra lines on the canopy.
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First up is the name of your tent?
I think so, but I'm not positive. I'll check tomorrow if I get a moment. I know we bought it at Walmart. You can see pics of ours in my registry. There are a number of similar products out there at many local retailers. One thing to watch out for though - the cheapest ones are usually "slant leg" models - not so good (less coverage & you can't attach sides). Look for "straight leg" types. A decent quality one should be $90-$120.

Regarding door clearance… we have yet to use ours right next to the trailer. We set up an outdoor kitchen under it, which we prefer to have away from the trailer. Some people indicated they use bed risers to raise them enough for the door to clear, but I'm not sure how they anchor them in that case.

EDIT - First Up is correct.
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I did a little google searching and did find a company that makes extension's for the legs 12 and 24" but its like $60 for a set of 4.... Some of those ez-ups are taller then others.
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IMO, a vintage style rope & pole awning, or Bag awnings would be my absolute first choice. That way, there is no water leakage between the trailer and awning.
A Bag awnings stays on the trailer all the time, and has the poles/ropes attached to the awning's leading edge. Very easy to put up.

This photo is my trailer with my rope & pole awning. It takes me all of 5 minutes to set it up by myself. It packs small, and I love it. I installed a white awning rail using butyl tape and rivets.
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I'll have to admit, Pam, yours has the cute factor sewed up! (pun intended)
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Yeah its why I went the same route but sewed mine myself!
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Old 06-22-2014, 02:14 PM   #13
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Derek,

Did you make that screen door? Looks nice....

Pam,

Love your setup! Do you take it down at night in case of storms? Or does it handle small winds ok?
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Old 06-22-2014, 02:18 PM   #14
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Pam.......how wide is your awning? And how long?
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