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Old 04-23-2015, 10:18 PM   #15
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Sid,

Is the Traveler bag any shorter than the 1660 bag? The 1660 bag is about 70" tall (IIRC).

I know that the CLAM Traveler is only about 20 lbs compared to the 34lbs for the 1660.

Shorter and lighter could make the Traveler a little easier to transport. 😊

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Old 04-23-2015, 10:40 PM   #16
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I think it is about 40 to 45 inches long. I will check it tomorrow after work.
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Old 04-24-2015, 04:09 PM   #17
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Just got home from work. The actual length of the Travler bag is 52 inches.
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Thanks, Sid!

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Old 04-26-2015, 12:55 AM   #19
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what about a "walk-through" option? Perhaps with a "boot" allowing it to be semi-attached to the camper (at least making it a bit more difficult for mosquitos to find a route inside). Perhaps this: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Wenzel-Sma...ingMethod=p13n
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Old 05-07-2015, 02:01 PM   #20
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I'm thinking I will start with either this rip stop tarp. I like having so many attachment points and it has a reputation as being really strong. Max size is 10 x 12.

http://www.amazon.com/Deluxe-Rip-sto.../dp/B00JXO0ES2

Or go with the Kelty Noah tarp which is available in larger sizes of 12 x 12 or 16 x 16 and is square. I can see running rope for one corner over the roof of camper so that one "point" of the tarp creates cover all the way to the camper door.

http://www.amazon.com/Kelty-Noahs-Ta...dp/B009R9FUI2/

Poles I found an interesting idea for using the tarp loops with a pole. Take along some large washers such as fender washers. Slip those over the point of the pole, then point through tarp loop. Tie guy line above loop to the point of the pole. Washer prevents tarp loop from sliding down pole. Guy line prevents tarp loop from pulling up off of pole tip.

Have also given some thought to one of the mostly mesh dome camping tents. You could put a picnic table inside our 10 x 10 and we have spent a rainy cold weekend with lawn chairs set up inside of it. Less expensive than the clam and with a duel use. Grandkids (or kids) can use it as a tent.

Amazon.com : Coleman Sundome Tent : Sports & Outdoors
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http://www.amazon.com/Wenzel-Evergre...dp/B00A8E2IRQ/

We could use our 10 x10 as a screen tent but it has the slide through poles so is more of a hassle to set up than the clip type pole attachments. Our backpacking tent had those and we could set it up in 5 minutes. Also it is getting pretty old about 20 years old now.
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Old 05-08-2015, 10:48 PM   #21
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My Boler had the awning rail (can be purchased for at any EV store I have heard). I then bought a tarp, fold it over a rope on one side and side it in the awning rail. It works great. I do plan to make a proper awning one day, but just for the look, the tarp works great.



I had poles in the garage from tent camping that work fine.
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This is my "fancy" tarp awning. Pole from Army and Navy.


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Old 05-09-2015, 11:54 PM   #23
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I use a kelty tarp with poles. i got it through REI along with extra poles. It is designed to use on the luggage rack of an SUV or other vehicle. On my Campster a PO put some hooks in, probably for an awning. It is nice to have the tape as I can configure it to what is needed at the time.

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Old 07-23-2015, 03:59 PM   #24
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Getting close to ordering - down to these three. With the Kelty at the bottom of the choices.

https://www.kondosoutdoors.com/produ...xe-tarp-10-x12 considered a very rugged tarp, solid construction, USA manufacture. Ripstop nylon. Limited to 10x12 size at $92. Does offer some additional center attachment points that would push it up around $110 but would add some versatility.

http://www.amazon.com/Kelty-Noahs-Ta...dp/B009R9FUI2/ can get 12x12 for $70 or the 16x16 for $99 so a little less BUT the 4 grommets are too small for most poles. Does come with a bag. Cat cut so works best on the diagonal. These end up being love them or hate them to set up.

There is also this tarp - bit more money very light and compact. Silicon nylon 1.9 oz. Has many of the add on features of the Kondos tarp included in the price of $115. 10x10 - 1.1oz silicone Tarp - Green
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I use a white, uv and heat reflective tarp for shade. It provides real cooling shade underneath it. When it's too breezy for the tarp I use a Cool Puppy Aluminet panel because it doesn't get flapped around in the wind. Also, check out the Kijaro Versa Shade. I think it has possibilities!
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How long an awning rail and how far out should the awning go?

I'm still doing the tarp - sometimes it is nice to have a big area under shade or rain cover. BUT am looking at putting a track on for an awning Marti out in Calif. has a solid reputation and decent prices for an old style pole awning for my camper. Vintage Trailer Awnings Testimonials

Just not sure on the length of awning (and rail) I should get. I measure just over 6 ft. of flat surface above the door on the 13 ft. Scamp. Any longer than 6 ft. would involve bending the track.

So in an awning what would I be looking at? A 6x8 or would a 6x9 be reasonable? I guess the limiting factor would be bigger area = more stress on track. And more poles.

I would think a 6x8 awning would just need two poles at the outer corners, would that be in line with what others have or have seen? 6x9 I start wondering if it would need a pole in the middle of that 9 ft. side.

Just to be clear the 6 ft. side is attached to the camper, the question is how far can I come out without getting into problems.
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kijaro versa reminds me of the Bug Depot Ezy Awning.

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