Cost of a fiamma awning and cable installation for 2003 casita? - Fiberglass RV


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Old 05-15-2015, 11:31 AM   #1
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Cost of a fiamma awning and cable installation for 2003 casita?

Hi please help, because camping world isn't able to give me a good estimate unless I bring in the trailer, which I am making an offer on so I don't own it.

It is a 2003 casita spirit deluxe with no awning, and no cable tv installation nor regular tv installation.

What is the cost to order and install the awning? That's the most important to me. I really don't see the point of camping without a nice awning to give shade so we can hang out.

What is the cost of cable installation? Many parks offer free cable tv. Camping World thought that it might cost as much as $600 and they'd have to run it through the ceiling which makes no sense to me since casitas are single walled.

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Old 05-15-2015, 11:47 AM   #2
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Your best bet would be to get some pics (Of a Casita and the awning) and take them in and show them what you're doing and MAYBE they could give you a closer estimate. I would look for a more "mom-n-pop" style RV shop instead of Camping World. I hear they're shop prices have gone through the roof.

My Scamp awning bolts go THROUGH the wall as you speak of. It's attached with special-made aluminum brackets that's fastened to my Scamp with bolts from the outside and nyloc nuts (dont think they even used washers) on the inside. Here's a picture of it as it came from the factory. The ONLY thing is, the fasteners came out in closet/cabinets so they're not seen from the inside.

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Old 05-15-2015, 11:55 AM   #3
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$130 hour at camping world and they don't seem to know casitas, so I agree!!
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Old 05-15-2015, 12:51 PM   #4
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Jen, if you haven't already you may want to join and post on the Casita forum, Lots of helpful folks there and they know exactly how things are usually done on Casita's. Lots of these things are generic but it often helps to see pics of mounting etc on a specific egg esp if the shop you choose hasn't done much work on them before. Also if you are handy you may find you could DIY with some direction
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Old 05-16-2015, 04:25 PM   #5
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Smile An alternative?

Maybe a boat shop could do the work since they should be used to fiberglass, of course, they are probably expensive also.


Think out of the box of a friend or relative that may have some smarts, car body repair fiberglass?
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I ran an RG6 coax for cable TV in a couple of trailers. It cost about $25 for parts ( cable ,terminations ,outside wp cover ,wall plate with cable jack ,tyraps) Took a little over an hour to install. $250 seems a more reasonable price , $660 is out of line IMHO.
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Old 05-16-2015, 06:51 PM   #7
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Thanks, all. Steve, the owner says it will only need me (or someone) to drill a hole and put a cover over it, I'm a little suspicious. I also have to install a tv stand of some kind, I think. Your price seems more realistic.

I guess I'd earmark $1000 for the awning and installation, should I have to go to camping world after all.

The casita is very clean but seems overpriced, compared to others of its age, even though the owner was somewhat negotiable. So I'm torn, because camping without an awning really is somewhat restrictive. The shade you get from an awning in summer, with a nice fan going, is significant. You don't want to be sitting indoors all the time, and dappled light from tree shade often moves with the sun. So adding in the awning brings the price back up, whereas I see others around the forums that have upgrades, awnings, etcetera, for better prices. OTOH, driving to see them is a *hassle*... ;-)

The tv matters less to me but if campgrounds give free cable, why not use it sometimes? Can watch movies on DVD, tho.
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Many fgrv folks opt for a screen house instead of an awning for proof against bugs and location flexibility, not to mention cost.
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Our Casita 17 has a place on the outside to connect the TV cable and a roll-out awning. On our Uhaul 13 I installed a bag awning ($225 or so) and ran a TV cable in the access hatch where the electric & water hookup is. I have about 8 feet of cable that I just coil up and stuff in the access hatch box. TV sets on a cutting board on the sink or stove, SIMPLE & CHEAP. As for the awning, we don't sit under it hardly ever, we have a 12 X 12 screen room and a 10 X 10 EZ-up type canopy, another cheap alternative.
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Call Casita and tell them the year and model and ask them the installed price.

If you do want to try and install it yourself or get someone else to do, Casita has the mounting brackets you need in there store for around 50 bucks. The awning is around 800 bucks or so I think.

Personally I would look at something like the Clam Corporation 9281 Quick-Set Escape Shelter or the new bigger one instead of spending all that money for an awning. My used Casita came with an awning but the PO owner somehow bent it in the middle so I have to keep it strapped in when travelling. It looks ugly but works fine. The awnings seem fairly easy to damage.
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I understand that one can set up screen rooms--which need to be unpacked, staked down--and to really provide adequate shade, in my experience, you'll need the kind that have roll down walls as well, because the sun is at an angle and the amount of shade at times can be surprisingly small. We are on our laptops a *lot*--work while camping--so we would want the awning.

Appreciate all the advice.
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Our screen room has roll up sides and poles to put one side up as an awning. we have extra poles to put up more sides as awnings but rarely do so
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I understand that one can set up screen rooms--which need to be unpacked, staked down--and to really provide adequate shade, in my experience, you'll need the kind that have roll down walls as well, because the sun is at an angle and the amount of shade at times can be surprisingly small. We are on our laptops a *lot*--work while camping--so we would want the awning.

Appreciate all the advice.
Well you need to stake down the awning legs and probably will want sides for it also for the shade. You need to take it up whenever you are going to be away from camp. And if you have much (any) wind or rain coming, you should take it up.
But if you really want one, get Casita or Larry at Little House Customs (also in Texas) to do it so thats it done correctly or do it yourself if you have the skills. Don't let camping world or anyone not use to dealing with fiberglass do it.
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Old 05-17-2015, 01:51 AM   #14
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I would hope I don't have to drive to Texas to install an awning. Seems like its not that challenging a task that only casita can do it?
Mary and Bob, thanks for the pix.
Screen rooms don't always fit on campsite driveways, do they?
But anyway this casita is not mine at the moment. The price, even after negotiating, is high in comparison to others of its age, its in good condition but has no upgrades to justify that price (not only awning but say, high lift axle or various common mods). I might do it anyway but not sure.
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