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Old 08-20-2016, 08:29 AM   #15
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I purposefully put the same awning on my Scamp as Casita uses. I needed an awning more for shade than for shelter in the rain. Usually where I live, if it's raining the wind is blowing (sideways) too. I left the gap open under the awning (remember... shade!) Works for me and I couldn't be happier. If I use it when it's raining, the water does filter down the side of the trailer. So what? I'm not leaning against it and getting wet. Still works for me. I much prefer something attached permanently, than always dragging something out of the garage. YMMV
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Old 08-20-2016, 11:52 AM   #16
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All good things to think about. With a 16' Casita I wouldn't have roof-mounted air so the awning would be the only thing mounted.

Another issue to me is the aesthetics. With the slide on awnings there's more options for colors and prints. Since it will be my full time home, I want to make a good decision.

When it's raining and the rain comes down the side, can you keep the door open or does the rain come in the door?
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Old 08-20-2016, 02:02 PM   #17
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Another issue to me is the aesthetics. With the slide on awnings there's more options for colors and prints. Since it will be my full time home, I want to make a good decision.

When it's raining and the rain comes down the side, can you keep the door open or does the rain come in the door?
IF you get an awning made, you can have the print/pattern on top or bottom. But 99% of the premade awnings are white on the bottom and the pattern is on top where you don't see it anyway... unless you're up on a mountain looking down. Also fringe may have a color or pattern. In the grand scheme of things, you've got lots of color when you're surrounded by nature. White on the bottom brightens the patio area too.

Most trailers have a drip rail across the top of the door. Any rain that comes over the door is deflected around the door. Now if it's blowing... you may want the door closed anyway.
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Old 08-20-2016, 02:59 PM   #18
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True Donna.
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Old 08-20-2016, 05:46 PM   #19
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Or you can get an Escape which has no gap between the awning and the trailer.
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I have one of those too But I still mostly use the awning for shade.
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I use it to keep my camp chairs dry ( lean them against the trailer ). You can just put them under the front of the fifth wheel.
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I use it to keep my camp chairs dry ( lean them against the trailer ). You can just put them under the front of the fifth wheel.
LOVE having a 5er. It's like having a built in awning. Anyone that knows me, knows I don't sleep and I LOVE coffee. Two steps outside Ten Forward, hook around the corner, plop my bottom in a chair and I'm outta the rain, drinking coffee. NIRVANA.
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I looked at escapes but it seemed like all the standards on a Casita were options on an escape, thereby driving up the cost and the weight. My budget and the weight I can tow are limited.
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I looked at escapes but it seemed like all the standards on a Casita were options on an escape, thereby driving up the cost and the weight. My budget and the weight I can tow are limited.
I think it's quite the opposite. There are several former Casita owners over on the Escape Forum who could comment with more authority than I.
Standard features for the 17' are here: http://escapetrailer.com/trailers/th...#trailer-tabs6
And the price is in Canadian dollars which is significantly less in U.S. dollars. Waiting list is over a year currently although production is supposed to ramp up soon.
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Glenn, I was mistaken. I was thinking about a scamp. But I looked up escapes and at $10,000 more than a Casita, plus import fee, no need for me to look any closer.
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Glenn's right about the cost: lately the exchange rate has made an Escape Very competitive in US dollars. He's also correct that the wait for a new one is running 12 to 13 months. At least for now... And, he's right about the awning, too.
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