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Old 09-11-2015, 12:00 AM   #131
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I am curious as to why you did not use the awning at all? It is a very rare occasion that we do not use ours, as it gives us shelter from the rain and the sun, and makes a great marshalling area before coming into the trailer.

Setting up the awning is part of our setup procedure. I do understand that precaution is needed in high wind areas.
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Old 09-11-2015, 12:20 AM   #132
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The belly band does not actually match the trailer as the band is grayish so don't know if some would like that.
Even if they matched when the trailer was built, they probably wouldn't after a few years. Different plastics change colour at different rates, so after a while the difference can be quite noticeable. A different but complementary colour seems like a better choice to me - light gray sounds fine.
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Old 09-11-2015, 12:20 AM   #133
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I am curious as to why you did not use the awning at all? It is a very rare occasion that we do not use ours, as it gives us shelter from the rain and the sun, and makes a great marshalling area before coming into the trailer.

Setting up the awning is part of our setup procedure. I do understand that precaution is needed in high wind areas.
It is usually either too cold, too windy and/or we are not there enough. We tend to do a lot of sightseeing and spend little time at the trailer. I know you spend time at the campsite. If we are not sightseeing, we are likely out doing other errands. Only there in the evening to eat outside briefly if possible, but this trip had quite a bit of weather that was too cold. Still is cold now even after going south a bit.

The day we spent at the Jasper campsite was perfect, not hot, so it did not occur to us to use the awning. We stayed by the fire and used the table.

We also would not bother with the awning with a one-night stop which we had many of on this trip. We spent our most time at Banff and Jasper and were just busy seeing and doing as usual. So much incredible scenery. Truly a fantastic trip that everyone should get to do.
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Old 09-11-2015, 12:40 AM   #134
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For those of you going to Canada, at the border they allow bear spray but no other personal defense spray. Interested in tobacco and alcohol and other weapons. Coming into the U.S., they did not care about our bananas, strawberries, avocado or flax seeds but were looking for citrus such as oranges or limes. Looked in our cooler and in the trailer in the refrigerator.

The border guard this time said she saw over twenty bears! between Banff/Jasper area and Waterton Lakes.
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Thanks for 'splaining, Cathy. We don't set up the awning for a quick overnight either, unless it is raining. It is true that because we are mostly 4-5 day at a time campers until I retire, that we are often around camp more, often with a bunch of other people. Though, even on longer trips where we do lots of exploring during the day, we keep the awning set up, just something we have done since our first RV, which was a tent trailer 25 years ago.

We do often see a couple wet coats hanging on hooks outside, as well as grubby footwear. If raining we put the picnic table underneath too, as well as set up for cooking under cover.

With our 19 we did wear the fabric out, and had to replace it after four years, though spider web type cracks/holes caused by hail was the worst offender to the damage. Fortunately a whole bunch of us and our gear hunkered under it came out of the storm unscathed. I can't remember, but Reace got me the replacement fabric for just over $100, and install was quite easy.

On our way to and from our canoe trip destination a couple weeks back, we drove the Icefields Parkway. Even though I have done that trip many a time, I will never, ever, tire of it. Absolutely gorgeous country there.
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Old 09-11-2015, 03:00 PM   #136
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Thanks for 'splaining, Cathy. We don't set up the awning for a quick overnight either, unless it is raining. It is true that because we are mostly 4-5 day at a time campers until I retire, that we are often around camp more, often with a bunch of other people. Though, even on longer trips where we do lots of exploring during the day, we keep the awning set up, just something we have done since our first RV, which was a tent trailer 25 years ago.

We do often see a couple wet coats hanging on hooks outside, as well as grubby footwear. If raining we put the picnic table underneath too, as well as set up for cooking under cover.

With our 19 we did wear the fabric out, and had to replace it after four years, though spider web type cracks/holes caused by hail was the worst offender to the damage. Fortunately a whole bunch of us and our gear hunkered under it came out of the storm unscathed. I can't remember, but Reace got me the replacement fabric for just over $100, and install was quite easy.

On our way to and from our canoe trip destination a couple weeks back, we drove the Icefields Parkway. Even though I have done that trip many a time, I will never, ever, tire of it. Absolutely gorgeous country there.

FirstJim, I realized why you always put up the awning and we do not: sun. You are boondocking. We are at campgrounds. Campgrounds have tried to have treed sites because their customers are usually there in summer in hot weather and want shade.

It is difficult for us to go to a campground with our 21' and find a site where we can get sun on the solar panel because so many places are heavily treed at every single site. We had no services the first few days and could hardly get any sun at our shaded sites. We, however, are in the sun driving and in storage, and will put 303 Aerospace on the awning to see of that will keep it from becoming brittle.


Yes, the Icefields Parkway is so stunning all along. So much amazing scenery. The water is that unusual very light turquoise in the rivers, and Lake Louise, that we have not seen anywhere else. The mountains are so spectacular. Maligne Lake is another fantastic site with the mountain covered in snow even in August.

We did actually eat lunch at the campsite today for a change but no awning. Shade and a little cold. Saw very few hot days and sunny sites on this trip as you apparently often do. That 'splains it.
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Sounds like you guys know how to have fun, and got to see all the beauty you did. Everyone should explore that area at least once in their live.

I think a protectant on the awning is a good idea, though keeping it rolled up protects it as well.
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Old 09-11-2015, 03:25 PM   #138
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Nice Photos again ! Look like you folks are still in Manitoba , if you are still travelling east through the province there are some beautiful beaches on the southern end of Lake Winnipeg and Lake Manitoba and the weather is looking pretty warm !
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Old 09-13-2015, 04:38 PM   #139
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Nice Photos again ! Look like you folks are still in Manitoba , if you are still travelling east through the province there are some beautiful beaches on the southern end of Lake Winnipeg and Lake Manitoba and the weather is looking pretty warm !
Not still there. Wanted to go to that area but can't this trip. Will keep those in mind. Thanks. Really liked Manitoba also. Riding Mountain, Clear Lake marina and beach.

We are in South Dakota now and Brookings is a very nice town. The campsite is one of the best we have had at the nearby state park.
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Even if they matched when the trailer was built, they probably wouldn't after a few years. Different plastics change colour at different rates, so after a while the difference can be quite noticeable. A different but complementary colour seems like a better choice to me - light gray sounds fine.
You're right. Didn't think of that. We'll see how they change.
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