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Old 02-18-2009, 10:46 PM   #1
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Do you use your awning?

As a prospective buyer, I look at awnings with skepticism. To me they look like a lot of extra cost, weight and drag, with questionable utility.

Care to convince me otherwise?
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Old 02-18-2009, 10:59 PM   #2
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Re: Do you use your awning?

I would not even consider not having an awning. It always is the first thing set up for us. It is a reprieve from rain, and a dry place to store stuff outside. On hot sunny days it provides shade to sit under, and shades the trailer helping keep it cooler too.
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Old 02-18-2009, 11:18 PM   #3
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Re: Do you use your awning?

Yep.. it just kind-of extends the living space of the trailer.. I can anticipate it helping in the cooling of the trailer by keeping some shade on it as well.
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Old 02-18-2009, 11:46 PM   #4
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Re: Do you use your awning?

Even though we don't have our trailer yet, I am looking forward to having the awning out because of the fridge being on that same side and the wall of the fridge won't be baking in the heat.

On our Boler of course the fridge was on the opposite side of the awning and up in Oosoyoos, it was SO hot and it was hard to keep our fridge cool...The fridge worked much better in cooler temps of course...

This awning looks so easy to deploy. We had Reace put an awning on our Boler and we only had it out a few times, but sure enjoyed it. It sure beats putting up tarps and ropes etc on our soggy "wet" coast....... Many a "discussion" was held over that 8&^%$ tarp!!!!!
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Old 02-19-2009, 12:02 AM   #5
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Re: Do you use your awning?

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Many a "discussion" was held over that 8&^%$ tarp!!!!!
Oh, I got a great laugh outta this. Ever too often I have seen heated debates on the best way to put the tarp up. 8)
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Old 02-19-2009, 12:36 AM   #6
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Re: Do you use your awning?

Awning? Absolutely.

For all the reasons mentioned above. Takes no time to put up and take down.

I do caution. If you suspect any change in the weather, a rise in the wind, take it down before you go to bed.

Trying to remember the sequence when you're in a stupor at 4AM is not recommended. Trust me. And it's hard to sleep if you leave it up and it's being buffeted by the wind, and you're thinking about how much it could cost to fix it if you don't get up and do something about it.

I also have the bug screen that attaches to the awning, but I haven't had to set it up since I got it, so I can't comment. If you love the outdoors and hate bugs, you might consider this option.

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Old 02-19-2009, 01:00 AM   #7
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Re: Do you use your awning?

A screened room is a must, bugs can be a pain up here in northern BC.
I sure hope one is available for the new awning Reace is using.....
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Old 02-19-2009, 05:31 AM   #8
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Re: Do you use your awning?

Tammy told me they (she) have worked out a way to make the Fiesta work, and the new awning is not needed. I am quite tolerant of bugs, though when they get real bad, I do like a reprieve. I know out at our rec property we have a screened tent that easily covers a picnic table. This is another alternative to the awning mounted one for a reprieve from the mosquitoes and black flies. How well do the ones that attach to an awning actually seal, it seems that there is lots of potential for openings. I have not ever seen one in use.
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Old 02-19-2009, 08:30 AM   #9
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Re: Do you use your awning?

Hi: all...First thing up...last thing down, unless you're like Robbin Williams in the movie RV I did try to pull away fast one morning 'till I saw the power cord jump in the grass WHEW!!! We also have the screen room option and it does fit well and extends the living space. So far we only used it once to keep the BUGS @ Bay. Northern Ontario SKEETERS are the size of B52's!!!
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Old 02-19-2009, 08:39 AM   #10
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Hi: Again... Here we are @ Bolerama Emily P.Pk. We had so many people look thru the trailer Sat. am.we ended up leaving the screen rm. open!!!
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