Originally Posted by mary and bob
I only see "Rope & Pole" awnings on Marti's website, no bag awnings. Am I overlooking it. My bag awning was bought from Shademaker. Buy the Supreme model if possible, better poles and supports.
EDIT; I have heard many good reports about Marti's awnings.
True, Marti only does the traditional "rope and pole" style awnings. She will custom make a rope and pole awning to your specifications, but she doesn't make "bag awnings." Her specialty is R&P awnings for restoration folks and those who desire to have one of the older traditional awnings which early trailers had.
One of the downsides for "bag awnings," beside collecting water as was mentioned above, is that they don't fold up due to the stiffening longitudinal framework that they have. The nice feature about regular R&P awning is that I can fold it up and stow it in a very small space. How many people have a place to store an un-bendable bag awning that is 8 feet or longer while traveling unless they have a ladder rack on their truck. And leaving it hanging in the Keder rail on the side of the trailer is why they trap water, or else get beat to death by the wind going down the highway.
I enjoy being able to just fold it up and cram it out of the way where it doesn't take up much room. Bag awnings also weigh considerably more than rope and pole awnings too.
If I'm going to be staying some place for more than a few days, I'll set up the Clam enclosure. For short stays, the R&P awning works just fine.
By the way, I removed my Fiamma awning and sold
it. Didn't like it from day one and I'm glad it's gone. Not that the Fiamma awning is a bad product, but the goofy design of the not-too-well-thought-out mounting brackets they attach it to the trailer with really leaves a lot to be desired. Those awning were meant to be mounted to vertical wall trailers (aka "stick built") and not intended for rounded molded fiberglass shells where they don't seal to the trailer.
No goofy awning, just a nice unobtrusive Keder rail. I also never liked the way the silly aftermarket awning ruined the symmetry of the trailer. I know a lot of folks love their roll out Fiamma awnings, but it's not my cup of tea.