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Old 09-24-2012, 05:49 AM   #29
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Thanks, Roy. On our stationary trailer we leave the awning up all summer, slightly lower in one corner (in case of heavy rain) with a wind strap over the top affixed to the ground with the stakes provided. I see many of the photos on this site have the awning supports affixed to the trailer patio style and was wonder with these smaller lighter awning if that has been found to be a better option or if it's simply a matter of preference. We tend to head off and then hunker down for several weeks in one place so aren't looking at taking it up and down.

Also noticed folks mentioned that the bag awnings have a tendancy to flip up in transit. We are considering not having the two end bits (stoppers?) that screw through the bag into the trailer installed so we can remove the awning while travelling. Do you leave yours on? Do they bang against the trailer?

Found pdf instructions for installing the Trimline. Ours did not come with the galvanized tent stakes or wire loops (and easy fix/replacement). I didn't realize there are spare sockets provided with new ones to protect the end of the ground leg when staking the poles to the ground. The sockets may actually be on the poles on ours. Will check next week when we get the Boler back.

As you suggested, I checked the pictures Randy posted and then found the ball end base (RV Parts RV Accessories RV Appliances RV Repair RV Service ) as we will be in the States in three weeks, think I may wait to buy them there.
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:42 AM   #30
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I saw a simple solution to prevent the bag awning from flapping while in transit at the Niagara meet. The owner simply placed the zipper handles over the forward end of the window and used a fine bungee cord to hold it to the window frame.
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:28 PM   #31
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I see many of the photos on this site have the awning supports affixed to the trailer patio style and was wonder with these smaller lighter awning if that has been found to be a better option or if it's simply a matter of preference.
I think it's a matter of preference. I prefer to have the awning on my Scamp... legs down in the "carport" setup. I find when the legs are attached to the body, I need to dip down and crawl under the leg to get to the door (when approaching from the front).
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:41 PM   #32
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Donna,
How far out does your awning come?
Some of the shorter (i.e 7') awnings only come out about 6'.
Would that make a difference?

My preference would be an awning that can do both. Sometimes you get a great site that is not suitable for the carport arrangement but like the rain / sun protection.
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:50 PM   #33
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Donna,
How far out does your awning come?
Some of the shorter (i.e 7') awnings only come out about 6'.
Would that make a difference?

My preference would be an awning that can do both. Sometimes you get a great site that is not suitable for the carport arrangement but like the rain / sun protection.
I believe when it's fully deployed about 8'. The Dometic/A&E Case awning I have, which is the same one put on Casitas... we have the choice of either, carport style or legs attached to the body. Or a hybrid, one leg doing one of each!
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:55 PM   #34
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Or a hybrid, one leg doing one of each!
Oooh! Never thought of that.
Just tested our new Carefree bag awning and add a room at the Niagara meet. Worked great! Thanks to everyone involved.

Today is another day I learnt something. Thank you.
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Old 05-14-2014, 11:07 AM   #35
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Can you tell me what do you use to connect the awning to the channel on the camper?
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Old 07-06-2014, 10:59 AM   #36
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This is a great Idea to make the awning over my window to keep sun out! thanks
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Old 05-13-2015, 12:23 AM   #37
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Can you tell me what do you use to connect the awning to the channel on the camper?
My awning we pulled out of the channel on the camper has one of those poly type ropes and you just slide the rope in the channel. The rope is inside the sewn pocket of the awning fabric. All of it just slides into the channel.
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Old 11-06-2016, 09:15 PM   #38
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Thanks for the great info on making an awning. Great process. I am trying to figure out how to make small awnings over a couple windows. Do you think this would work or is there an easier way?

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Old 11-17-2016, 09:12 PM   #39
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new awning for 16 ' Scamp

I have tried to find how to post to a new topic....am not up to it, I guess.
My ins. company is replacing my awning that got bent and broken in a high wind...the brackets broke too. Only 1 company have I found, so far, that will come to the rv court and reinstall one. They are having trouble finding anyone that sells the same size. I told them, I had read on the forum, favorable reports on the Tiammi..or some such....and they called them; only to find they had NO 10' ones...and even Scamp doesn't have 10'....I find that amazing...this old awning appears to be the original from A and E (maybe Dometic?).
They will have to refabricate it...and with THREE brackets instead of 2, like it came from Scamp.
Any advise...I am in Az. at present.
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I have tried to find how to post to a new topic....am not up to it, I guess.
My ins. company is replacing my awning that got bent and broken in a high wind...the brackets broke too. Only 1 company have I found, so far, that will come to the rv court and reinstall one. They are having trouble finding anyone that sells the same size. I told them, I had read on the forum, favorable reports on the Tiammi..or some such....and they called them; only to find they had NO 10' ones...and even Scamp doesn't have 10'....I find that amazing...this old awning appears to be the original from A and E (maybe Dometic?).
They will have to refabricate it...and with THREE brackets instead of 2, like it came from Scamp.
Any advise...I am in Az. at present.
Look for awnings made for pop up tent trailers. Those are 10' in length. There are also shorter awnings sold for use on Truck Campers that will work just fine for you. Finding such things is mostly a matter of knowing where they are used and what the keywords you need to find them are.
Here is a google image page full of the Truck Camper awnings, you will see they are just the same except shorter than the ones sold for motorhomes and large travel trailer.
https://www.google.com/search?q=truc...w=1824&bih=855
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...My ins. company is replacing my awning that got bent and broken in a high wind...the brackets broke too. Only 1 company have I found, so far, that will come to the rv court and reinstall one. They are having trouble finding anyone that sells the same size. I told them, I had read on the forum, favorable reports on the Tiammi..or some such....and they called them; only to find they had NO 10' ones...and even Scamp doesn't have 10'....I find that amazing...this old awning appears to be the original from A and E (maybe Dometic?).
They will have to refabricate it...and with THREE brackets instead of 2, like it came from Scamp.
Any advise...I am in Az. at present.
What year and model Scamp do you have? Am I understanding that you talked to Scamp and they no longer supply the same size awning on new builds? Their website shows a 10' awning as an option on the 16' models. I'm not understanding why you can't just use whatever they currently supply, including the brackets. The only complication might be that the bracket holes are different, so you will have to seal up the old ones. BTW... Fiamma is the one that lots of folks seem to like.

KC is referring to a bag awning, commonly used on tent trailers. Lots cheaper than the case awning you had but not as convenient to set up. It attaches to the trailer with an awning rail (C-channel) rather than brackets. Typically they cannot be as long as a case awning because the rail cannot mount on the compound curves at the front and back of the upper sidewall.

The truck camper awnings are just smaller case awnings. All case awnings are designed to be mounted on a flat, vertical sidewall. Special brackets are required to mount to a curved surface.

Another alternative to the factory case awning you might look into is a Shady Boy awning. The case is only 4' long, it weighs only 14#, and it opens out to 10'x6'. They supply brackets for mounting on fiberglass trailers. Its design makes it less susceptible to wind damage.
http://www.shadyboy.com
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. . . I was wondering if your DIY awning setup works well with rain?
I think he used shade cloth, an open mesh that blocks a certain percentage of sunlight. Rain will run right through it. Using a solid tarp material will stop rain, but will catch the wind and possibly self destruct. You also have to make sure rain does not pool up in it if there are low spots.
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