Rain Camping! - Escape Trailer Owners Community

Go Back   Escape Trailer Owners Community > Escape Me | General Topics > General Escape
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 02-09-2015, 12:36 AM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Olympia, Washington
Trailer: the last 15A (2014)
Posts: 11
Rain Camping!

My wife and I love the rain, and a good thing it is, as we live and camp in the Norhtwest! So my questions are as followes:
1. What custom add ons have folks used to better kit out there trailers, i.e. awnings for the windows that open etc.

2. What accessories would be prudent ( beyond the wellington boots)

3. Are the installed awnings well suited for downpours?

Thanks in advance
__________________

Shurdist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2015, 12:47 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
KarenH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Bellingham, Washington
Trailer: 2013 Escape 15A
Posts: 1,923
Send a message via Skype™ to KarenH
Golly, I camp all winter long and I haven't done anything to my trailer to enhance my rain experience in the PNW. I love the sound of it on the roof and it doesn't keep me from going on beach or forest hikes as I have excellent rain gear. I have never put my awning out during these times as wind is a factor where I camp so I can't address that one.
__________________

__________________
Karen Hulford
2013 Escape 15A, "Egbert"
Ford 150 XLT 5.8L
Bellingham, Washington
KarenH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2015, 12:52 AM   #3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Olympia, Washington
Trailer: the last 15A (2014)
Posts: 11
Thanks again Karen, I would like to be able to have my windows open during less windy rain, but obviously would prefer to enjoy the experience from a dry perspective .
Shurdist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2015, 01:04 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
float5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Denison, Texas
Trailer: 2015 21'; 2011 19' sold; 4Runner; ph ninezero3 327-27ninefour
Posts: 4,898
Shurdist, so you would likely want the opening version of the kitchen window. That way, when not too windy and you have the awning out, you can open that window.

You seem to be asking about individual window awnings that are often installed on large trailers. Those are not seen on small trailers as a rule. You would be making holes in the fiberglass, not that it could not be done.
__________________
Cathy. Floating Cloud
"Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.... "
Emerson
float5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2015, 01:16 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
KarenH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Bellingham, Washington
Trailer: 2013 Escape 15A
Posts: 1,923
Send a message via Skype™ to KarenH
I guess I didn't understand the question very well. I have two opening windows at the front corners (awning types) so don't worry about having rain coming into the trailer. Techfan added some awnings for sun purposes but I don't see why they wouldn't work in the rain, too, except if there are high winds:

Latest Mods
__________________
Karen Hulford
2013 Escape 15A, "Egbert"
Ford 150 XLT 5.8L
Bellingham, Washington
KarenH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2015, 01:25 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
gbaglo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: North Vancouver, British Columbia
Trailer: 2009 Escape 17B - "Toad". '08 Toyota RAV4 V6
Posts: 10,723
The awning doesn't have to be all the way in or all the way out.
If I anticipate rain and winds overnight, I'll bring the awning in about half way, fold and lean camp chairs against the trailer, under cover, and put any other things I want to protect under the awning.
This is what it looks like partially open. You pull down on the awning arms to apply tension, before tightening the knob on the top support.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Awning half open.jpg (234.7 KB, 21 views)
__________________
2009 Escape 17B "Toad"
2008 Toyota RAV4 V6 Sport
North Vancouver, British Columbia

What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
- Bertolt Brecht
gbaglo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2015, 06:21 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
padlin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Southwick, Massachusetts
Trailer: 5.0 TA #6, 2012 F150 EB
Posts: 3,824
We use the awning unless or until the wind picks up. You can also tie it down and leave it out in the wind, at least within reason. If you are new to this, it's best to tip it one way way or the other for better water run off, just drop one end a couple notches.

Just picked up a Waterhog for the door mat, the small fits the 5.0 TA perfectly.

An awning mat keeps you out of the wet dirt, at least for a while. You do often have to put it away wet, having a pickup truck this doesn't bother us.

I also carry a small 25 pint dehumidifier which works great if you have hookups and the room to bring it along, gets kind of noisy though.

Good lightweight hiking rain gear.

TV or laptop to play Redbox movies.

I haven't needed to buy one yet, but there are these. I've heard they aren't the nicest looking things if such bothers you. You'd have to look to see if they would work on your windows, I only have 2 of the passenger side windows that are sliders. If they open on the front side I could use them.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Window Vent.jpg (62.8 KB, 25 views)
__________________
Happy Motoring
Bob
padlin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2015, 06:42 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
C&G in FL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Tampa Bay Area, Florida
Trailer: 2015 5.0TA
Posts: 1,434
Quote:
Originally Posted by padlin View Post
I haven't needed to buy one yet, but there are these. I've heard they aren't the nicest looking things if such bothers you. You'd have to look to see if they would work on your windows, I only have 2 of the passenger side windows that are sliders. If they open on the front side I could use them.
I do not believe sliding windows have to open from the front to use these. They are designed to allow you to open that portion of the window that is behind the assembly, whatever it is called (Rain Guard, maybe?). Then can be adjusted to fit any height trailer window, but are screwed into the window frame. I have seen them installed on a trailer and also at Camping World. The person who had them said he loved them (he frequently posts on FGRV). I personally don't find them to be "ugly." The intent is to allow a small opening when it is raining to allow the use of the exhaust fan to draw air into the trailer while prevent wind blown rain from coming in. I do not know if they are intended to allow sliding windows to be open during travel in the rain if the windows did open from the front, but I probably wouldn't do it due to swirling conditions when various shaped objects such as TVs and trailers are moving at any speed faster than one can walk.
__________________
Carl
2015 F150 2.7 EcoBoost (Big Spot)
2015 5.0TA (Little Elsie)
"What a long, strange trip it's been....."
C&G in FL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2015, 07:31 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
padlin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Southwick, Massachusetts
Trailer: 5.0 TA #6, 2012 F150 EB
Posts: 3,824
I was thinking more of the trailers areodynamics, better if the opening part of the window is towards the front of the trailer. But then I could be all wet. Looking at them again they really don't stick out much.
__________________
Happy Motoring
Bob
padlin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2015, 09:02 AM   #10
Site Team
 
cpaharley2008's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: York, Pennsylvania
Trailer: 2016 2ndGen Escape 19' PRAIRIE SCHOONER pulled by 2014 Ram Hemi/8sp
Posts: 13,661
I installed one of those on my Eggcamper and then got water coming inside from around the screws, took it off and sealed the holes.
__________________

__________________
Jim
The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why………..Mark Twain
cpaharley2008 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off






» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:13 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.