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Old 01-31-2010, 09:39 PM   #1
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Hello everyone, we received our new Wildwood 31QBSS this past December and for its first trip we went to Disney Worlds Fort Wilderness Campground....what a great place, great campground....a little pricey but then again it's Disney World. I have noticed on most of the posts from newbies that pics are requested so I figured I would try and post a few right off......hopefully it works.
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Old 02-01-2010, 07:57 AM   #2
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Wow very nice campground thanks for the pics .Looks like you have got a very nice camper too and yes we do love pictures here
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Old 02-02-2010, 08:36 PM   #3
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wow that is a really nice looking place.. we bought a wildwood also a 26tbss. i have been looking and i have only seen three wildwood campers on the road (i drive 100 miles a week)... so it is always good to see i wasn't the only one.. ours looks alot like yours. you have a extra window in the back. and a spare tire. did you add that or did it come with it. i noticed your cover looked custom. i also noticed you don't have anything holding your awning in place.. we just added another extra wide deflapper. but have yet to use it..

do you have anymore pictures of the campground? it has been to cold to camp here and your site almost gave off warm vibes
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Old 02-02-2010, 09:07 PM   #4
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Hello, So far I love the wildwood !!! I do have a few more pics of the campground, I'll see if I can get them in the post shortly. As for the tire, it came with it but the tire cover is the one they sell at Disney's "Fort Wilderness Resort" Campground. We were there mid January and it was in the 60's, cant beat that!! We live in Texas so camping this time of year is great here too, the Summer actually gets a little TOO hot.

Not sure what you are refering to with the awning deflapper.....if there is something out there that provides some kind of additional support for the awning I'm interested.
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Old 02-02-2010, 09:55 PM   #5
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Bradley,

Here is the de-flappers for the side of your awning.

You also should have an awning tie down kit.

I highly suggest two de-flappers per side for a total of 4 for your awning. I cannot stress enough how important these things are because without them a gust of wind could end up destroying what could easily be a $700 awning.

Welcome to the forum and enjoy the new rig...
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that is exactly the deflapper we bought.. in fact from the same place only i went to the store in spartanburgh south carolina and picked up two diffrent sets. (4 total).. i am a little confused as to whcih kind of tie down to get. i have seen several around the campgrounds. there are two diffrent kinds of tie down systems. one system has a spring at the bottom (the kind NWJeeper posted a link to) and another that has no spring. i have spoken to several friends they all tell me their way is the best. the thing that bothers me about the spring is the ones i have seen in person look a little weak. the spring that is. so my thought is if it moves my awning enough for the spring to break the poles on the awnong will almost surely break so i am leaning towards the springless kind. so like i said i am a little confussed..

but we don't venture too far away from home so ocean winds are not a factor and if it gets blowing too much i will pull the awning down anyway...
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Old 02-03-2010, 08:09 PM   #7
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that is exactly the deflapper we bought.. in fact from the same place only i went to the store in spartanburgh south carolina and picked up two diffrent sets. (4 total).. i am a little confused as to whcih kind of tie down to get. i have seen several around the campgrounds. there are two diffrent kinds of tie down systems. one system has a spring at the bottom (the kind NWJeeper posted a link to) and another that has no spring. i have spoken to several friends they all tell me their way is the best. the thing that bothers me about the spring is the ones i have seen in person look a little weak. the spring that is. so my thought is if it moves my awning enough for the spring to break the poles on the awnong will almost surely break so i am leaning towards the springless kind. so like i said i am a little confussed..

but we don't venture too far away from home so ocean winds are not a factor and if it gets blowing too much i will pull the awning down anyway...
You want the kind with the corkscrew anchor and you NEED the springs. The springs allow just enough give that movement inside the RV (which also moves the awning up and down) won't put undue stress on the mounts and arms of the awning. If you were to have the straps solid to the ground then you could do damage to the awning mounts or arms by moving around in the rig.

Years ago when these kits were much more expensive I just made my own using corkscrew anchors purchased from the hardware store in the pet section and a couple of springs that are about 10" long and some cargo straps. Nowadays the kits are about half the price they were back then. The springs allow for movement of the RV but it takes a lot of wind to pull on them very far. When I cinched down on the straps I would almost double the length of the springs putting tension on the awning. I have been in some hellacious winds out at the beach with no worries about my awning. Unfortunately now with the Georgetown we have the automatic electric awning and I can't stake it down anymore. Just have to roll it up when weather hits. I hate it for that reason.
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Unfortunately now with the Georgetown we have the automatic electric awning and I can't stake it down anymore. Just have to roll it up when weather hits. I hate it for that reason.
The automatic electric awning has a couple nice features. Especially the remote control button but we used to like hanging out some lights on our awning on our trailer. With the awning on the Georgetown I'd need at least a 6 foot ladder just to reach the rod. I'd hate to see or hear what would happen if it automatically rolled up while having lights attached to it.
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The automatic electric awning has a couple nice features. Especially the remote control button but we used to like hanging out some lights on our awning on our trailer. With the awning on the Georgetown I'd need at least a 6 foot ladder just to reach the rod. I'd hate to see or hear what would happen if it automatically rolled up while having lights attached to it.
Yeah us too! That's why I am eventually planning to run some rope lights under the rig like Powerboatr did on his rig. I actually think they could be put on the underside of the living room slide on that side without interfearing with anything.

Another thing that came to mind that I did after I saw a guy in a park that had done the same thing is that when winds come up the telescoping upper arms can collapse and allow the awning material to billow no matter how hard you crank down on that tightening knob. So with the arms at their full extension I drilled a hole through the arm just at the end of the inner bar and insert a pin (picture below) through the whole thing. The arm cannot collapse with the pin in place.
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Hello everyone, we received our new Wildwood 31QBSS this past December and for its first trip we went to Disney Worlds Fort Wilderness Campground....what a great place, great campground....a little pricey but then again it's Disney World. I have noticed on most of the posts from newbies that pics are requested so I figured I would try and post a few right off......hopefully it works.
We camped at Fort Wilderness on our 3rd camping trip in 2000 for 15 days. We spend a lot of time at Disney. We stayed in the dog loop because we toke our yellow Lab. This is one of the best campgrounds we have stayed in and I highly recommend it to everyone just for the experience.
While we were there the grounds crew check on everyone's site and pic a "site of the week" for neatness and it just so happen we were chosen, they placed a sign in front of our camp site that said "Camp Site Of The Day" and gave us a certificate with our name on it stating the same and all the ice we wanted. To stay in the dog loop it was extra. In 2000 it cost us $55.00 a night. It is a great place to camp, Iam glad you spent some time there.
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