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Old 04-12-2018, 12:34 PM   #1
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My 2005 Catalina 2500 self-retractable awning on my 13 ft Scamp is impossible for me to retract for travel by myself. So if traveling alone, I don't use the awning.

Any suggestions for a replacement that is easily managed by a single small person? Retractable vs self-winding?
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Old 04-12-2018, 01:05 PM   #2
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Talk to the people at Carefree of Colorado. They make a very rugged awning; ours is self-windup and pulls down with a single strap. Easy to use. Fiesta - Carefree of Colorado
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Old 04-13-2018, 09:26 AM   #3
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I open and close my Fiama by myself. Like everything about it. They were down for awhile do to a shooting that took place there by a disgruntled ex employee at the Orlando office. Not sure of their status.
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For under $50 you can get a Z-Shade from KMart; the 8' pop-up type are very light and easy to put up. We use 4 bungees and 4 milk jugs filled with water, sand, dirt, gravel...one on each leg to hold it down. We really like ours, so much so we got three of them. The 10' ones are a little hard for only one person.

We used light silicon spray on the legs to assure they continued to slide up and down easily.

Ours is blue; they come in other colors. They don't come in white--or didn't when we bought ours. Blue is OK.

You can use them anywhere in your campsite; you can also use them with one side raised only partially to provide sideways shade. They resist rain. They were everything we "needed" in an awning and can be set up over a picnic table--for that I'd recommend the 10'.

The Clam Shelter looks great. The difference in price from about $50 to $200+ was a stretch--then. Also, they only come in green or brown with a tan roof, and you must have the screened sides, nice against bugs. But on a very hot day it does impede air flow some. It would contain a dog, though, which would be good.

Let us know what you find/decide?

That link above to the awnings has fabulous options. The custom fabric stripe choices is amazing. Even the standards have a nice variety. Did not see a price, however, so it was hard to judge how much I might want one.

It depends on what you want.
Happy hunting! Until you buy, you have a world of choices! (Even then.)

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Old 04-13-2018, 09:51 AM   #5
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My 2005 Catalina 2500 self-retractable awning on my 13 ft Scamp is impossible for me to retract for travel by myself. So if traveling alone, I don't use the awning.

Any suggestions for a replacement that is easily managed by a single small person? Retractable vs self-winding?
Thanks for your feedback.
Fiama is a crank out/in style, very easy to set out and stow. A bit pricy, but way better than the Catalina which we had on our Scamp.
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Old 04-13-2018, 10:09 AM   #6
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Look at Shadyboy Awnings. I am buying one.
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Old 04-13-2018, 10:36 AM   #7
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I am going to throw you a curve. A number of people here are fans of CLAM screen roooms which provide full protection from Sun, rain, and especially insects. They also provide some wind protection. A 12x12' hexagonal outdoor living room, for around $250.00. That's about $2/sq ft., not bad. I would add a set of wind panels which are about $30.00

Search CLAM screen room and you will find good prices at Houzz, Hayneedle, and Amazon.

The CLAM is arguably best of breed in that it can be set up like an umbrella in about 45 seconds. Stored in a bag, they weigh I think, 35 lbs. Many people can manage/wrestle that. Here is a YouTube video showing set up.

People with small trailers need screened rooms to enjoy the outdoors!

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Old 04-13-2018, 11:21 AM   #8
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Thanks for your thoughtful comments, Kathleen. I bought a Z-Shade a few years back, and had to get help to set it up...it is a 2-person job. It was a great shade, perfect price, but too much for me to manage solo, so returned it to store. I'm looking into some of the other suggestions.
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I think the hexagonal Clam might be a bit of a set up chore for one small person. There is a smaller, four sided Clam, works out to be about 6x6. I'm not smaller, but can set it up myself, and it's a big enough for two chairs and a cooler inside. There is a video on the company site of a solo set up.

Fiamma is an excellent choice as well, but as noted, $$.
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Old 04-13-2018, 04:55 PM   #10
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Great Suggestions

Thank you all for the great awning suggestions. I'm going to the Oregon Gathering later this month and will do some looking/talking/offering to help set-up/take down.
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M Scott: sorry to hear it didn't work out with the Z-Shade. Hope you find just the right thing for you...I'm sure it's out there!

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I recommend trying to find a CLAM 12x12 hexagonal in a store where you could take it down and set it up yourself. I think the 12x12 (140 x 140 inches actually) is an optimal room size. It easily holds a picnic table, or a handful of people and chairs. I love mine. It is 35 lbs. I think the 35 lbs is more of an issue than setup.

It makes so much sense to be able to invite another couple over for dinner, or several individuals. This living room makes that easy to do out of the sun or rain and away from insects. You can hang a small LED lantern from the roof. Just add your favorite beverage.

Cabelas has them and large sporting goods stores should have them. Maybe even Bed Bath & Beyond.

Here a 5' 4" woman makes pretty easy work of a heavier 42 lb 150"x150" CLAM with built in roll down flaps/walls. The slightly smaller one with optional walls would be even easier.

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Marilyn: nothing quite like a nice attached awning.

I was dreaming last night of how cool Peanut would look with one of the beautiful striped awnings in that link above...matching our interior, looking so sharp, nothing to stow in the car...yeah, I woke up drooling!

Maybe one day. Hope you find just the right thing!

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Old 04-14-2018, 08:09 AM   #14
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We replaced our Dometic awning with a Fiamma last year--love it! We have a 16 foot Scamp.
They put holders on the side of the Scamp, for the awning legs, and I like that so much better.
One person can set up our awning, so with a smaller one for your 13 foot,
wouldn't be a problem, I don't think.
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Old 04-14-2018, 10:21 AM   #15
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Nancy did you went with the F45 or F65 Fiamma, and do you know what bracket model was used to install the awning?
I'm looking to install a F65 on my Trillium this spring.
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I used a Shady Boy on my Boler and loved it, but it's not easy to roll up with just one person. (Deploying it is easy with one person, but holding it together and rolling up is tough.) Had a Catalina on my Scamp and it was OK for just one person setup/deploy but a little awkward and flimsy. I have a Fiamma on my Parkliner and have no problems with single person setup and take-down. EZPZ! It's also quite sturdy. I also have a 12x12 Clam and love it! Watch enough of the videos, and single person setup and takedown is easy. It does take practice and a little hand/eye coordination, but neither brute strength, significant height, nor 4 hands are required.


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Think I'll start saving for a Flamma. maybe a clam later. Maybe someone will buy my Catalina?

thanks everyone who took the time to give suggestions...soooo very helpful.
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Nancy did you went with the F45 or F65 Fiamma, and do you know what bracket model was used to install the awning?
I'm looking to install a F65 on my Trillium this spring.
Carl, our awning is a Fiamma 45S. Scamp sent the brackets to go with it--I don't know that they have a model number.
The RV place that installed it did have to drill different holes, than we had for the Dometic awning.
And, as I said, we had them install the brackets for the legs, onto the body of the Scamp as well. I really do like that option.
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Ok thanks!
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Look at Shadyboy Awnings. I am buying one.



I second the shady boy. I purchased on last year and love it. I highley recommend.


Side note, I do it all by myself while my wife sets up the bed and plays with our 1 year old.
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