Awning Options for 17 ft Casita - Fiberglass RV

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Old 12-28-2018, 06:40 PM   #1
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Awning Options for 17 ft Casita

Just purchased a 17 ft Casita Spirit Deluxe with no Factory Installed Awning. Looking for different options. I have looked into the Fiamma Awning and watched some U tube videos of one being installed on a 17 Ft Casita. I don't think I want to try to do that myself, but I am sure there is some other option for an awning that I can install myself. If anyone can make a recommendation and or suggest another option for an awning on the 17 ft Casita I would appreciate it. I know that some people do not use thier awnings enough to justify the expense of the Fiamma. But, I think it would be nice, sometimes to have something to keep the direct sun off the trailer entry door and give one a place to put a chair that is in the shade.

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Old 12-28-2018, 06:46 PM   #2
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Craig I do have a new Bag awning I am selling for $150 + shipping, it is a 9 footer but if interested PM me and I will give details.
I put one on my Boler and it wasn't to big of a job but I did have to buy a different channel to go on the room and that took a lot of drilling and riveting. been 4 years now and no leaks.
Let me know.
Maybe you can pick it up and save the cost of shipping.

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Old 12-29-2018, 11:47 AM   #3
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We've had a few RVS with awnings. If it is not quick and easy to use it will be seldom used. A roll out awning like a Fiamma is the only style we care for. This does not mean you will not enjoy another type awning. I think the extra cost is well worth it. I bet if you took your time and looked at another Casita with a Fiamma you could install the Fiamma. Ron
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Old 12-29-2018, 01:46 PM   #4
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Well, some people like the Fiamma awnings. I however was never a fan of it. I took mine off and sold it. It never impressed me in the way they chose to mount it, using some aftermarket "shop-made" mounting brackets to mount an awning that was designed to be mounted on the flat vertical side of a "stick-built" trailer. It was never designed for being mounted to a curved surface, and it totally ruined the lines and symmetry of the trailer. That, coupled with the fact that it wasn't sealed to the side of the trailer in any manner that would prevent rain from just cascading down the side and splashing off the belly band on everything under it that was close to the trailer. (And yes, I tried all those half-assed methods of sealing the gap, everything from those stupid pool noodles, to "gooped in" sections of plastic gutter material, etc.) All it did was create a tadpole breeding ground on the roof, which was also the most miserable thing to try and clean out. Totally useless IMO. And don't ever leave it unattended for five minutes, because any gust of wind will have it beating against your fiberglass trailer when it gets partially ripped off by the wind.

My preferred retrofit was to install a section of aluminum Keder rail, and use a slide-in awning that I slip into the track when I get where I'm going and slide out and fold up for traveling. Light weight, works much better because it seals the gap between the trailer shell and the awning itself. And the trailer just looks better without that ugly "afterthought" Fiamma installation. Just my two cents.
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Old 12-29-2018, 02:53 PM   #5
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Another option. For about the same budget, you can get a complete outdoor living room that protects from Sun, Rain, moderate wind, and bugs. Holds 4-6 easily or covers a picnic table. Really sets up in 45 seconds. Placement & view are up to you. Big increase in sq ft. under roof.

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Old 12-29-2018, 09:17 PM   #6
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Awning options

Thank you for the responces pertaining to awning options for my 2015 , 17 ' Casita. After careful conseration of three options. 1) Fiamma, 2) Aluminium track with slide in tarp, and 3) the Clam shelter I have decided to go with options #2 and #3. The Track and slide in tarp will be quick and simple. And I think an option which is a better fit for me on my Casita than the Fiamma. Option #3 takes the awning to a whole new level and will provide a means to escape the insects. Both of these options can be had for much less money than the Fiamma option.
Thanks to those who responded which helped me firm up my decision.
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Old 12-29-2018, 09:33 PM   #7
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This might work for you. They also have walls and screen attachments to create a screen room.
Ezy Awning Plus - LARGER Version - Gray

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