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Old 04-27-2012, 07:18 PM   #21
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Thank you for sharing the video.
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Old 04-30-2012, 01:10 PM   #22
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It held up very well in some pretty good wind the last couple of days so I'm pretty impressed. Good luck with your new camper.

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We received one of these as part of the deal when we purchased our camper. After just surviving a hail storm in the old camper, I was wondering how easy it is to take down in bad weather? We always used the old EZ UP in the past and had taken it down in anticipation of a thunderstorm...we didn't know the hail was coming too. The hail penetrated the awning of the camper next to us with enough force to dent his portable fridge that was under the awning. This was the heavy roll up type on a TT. He said he tried to roll it up but the hail was pounding him.
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Old 04-30-2012, 02:21 PM   #23
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We received one of these as part of the deal when we purchased our camper. After just surviving a hail storm in the old camper, I was wondering how easy it is to take down in bad weather? We always used the old EZ UP in the past and had taken it down in anticipation of a thunderstorm...we didn't know the hail was coming too. The hail penetrated the awning of the camper next to us with enough force to dent his portable fridge that was under the awning. This was the heavy roll up type on a TT. He said he tried to roll it up but the hail was pounding him.
It won't break down as quick as an EZ UP that's for sure...but it's not difficult either. I could get it down in a few minutes by myself. Putting it up is where I would choose to have assistance...mainly for convenience sake.

The benefit of the system is that it is integrated into the camper, thereby having a continuous space without a break in between the two spaces. A hailstorm is an random event so hopefully you already met your quota on that one.

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Old 05-07-2012, 02:48 PM   #24
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My Awning Experience....

I set up my OEM awning this weekend.

Likes: Well made... decent color... great concept... well packed... Nice Bag (easy to repack).

Dislikes: (As set up on my A128S.. )

This, as much as anything, serves as notes to myself. I am assuming (and hoping) that I set it up correctly.

Note: I've owned and set up many different kinds of tents over my lifetime of camping. IMO, this was not easy to set up. However, I AM sure that it will be easier the next time.

My wife and I carefully cleaned the camper surfaces with alcohol before applying the Velcro per loganmartin's advice. (After assembling and setting up the awning, I wondered if we could have applied the alcohol to a better use?)

Main problem. The receiver sockets on both sides at the abase of the "A" frame that receives the support poles were hard to position. The awning was either too short or too long from the peak to each of the sides. This took quite a bit of adjustment and I am still not quite certain how I should be positioning them.

Poles! --Lots of them and long. Get the push out section of the pole in the correct position between 2 sleeves. Make sure all ball locks at the pole are lined up and clicked in place or the "curved" pole's section will shift and cause you grief .

Other notes:

If you keep the sides down, it was hotter than the outside as the mesh screens restricted the air flow. If you let insects under the enclosed awning, then it will act like a "funnel" to bring them inside the camper when you open the door (horse flies, wasps, etc.).

We can't use the really nice grill under it.

After our experience DW (who really wanted it) said it really wasn't worth putting it up. Most likely, we will reserve the use of this one to longer than 2 night trips.

I was actually smart enough to get it down before the thunderstorm hit or we would have had to dry it out when we got it home.

Otherwise, it was kind of neat...
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Old 05-07-2012, 03:02 PM   #25
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lol...it will get better with time.

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Old 05-07-2012, 06:41 PM   #26
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Even if you don't use the screen portion, it seems that with the awning attached to your Aframe would be nice for shading the door or step out when it's raining.

Are you able to use the grill, without the screens in place? Can you attach the grill on the section closer to the door to get the heat away from the sides? Hummm, on second thought, the gas line might not reach... a quick connect extension for the gas line might be needed. We have a quick connect gas line extension so that Gary can put the grill on a picnic table if he chooses.

Or is the problem with using the grill the sloping sides collecting the smoke?

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Gas Grill under the awning...

Deb: I think that it is a great awning that will certainly protect you from rain. I believe that there were warnings on the grill or awning or both not to use the grill with the awning in place. I guess the heat could cause a fire or melt the material (especially if I'm cooking...).

The hose extension seems the way to go. I think the rack that holds the grill to the trailer can be placed on the ground and used as a vertical stand.

To loganmartin: Did you have any problems positioning the awning's support sockets on your trailer? We had to "gather" ("bunch it up" - in southern talk) the awning to pull the flap out from under the end covers/cap of the roof.
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No...seems like the placement of the support sockets kind of take care of themselves. The video is kind of misleading in that you would think that the ends of the awning go underneath the roof corners all the way around the endcap when in actuality they kind of pop out and around the square roof corner where it meets the box. The only way I knew this was because my tech's had the awning set up when I arrived for the inspection.

If I am understanding your question, you start at the apex and work your way down the edge of each side panel (me in the camper and my wife outside) until you get to the point where you go out and AROUND that square part of the roof panel where it joins the box and then over to the velcro that runs down the side of the box at the very edge of the diamond plate....so yes, there will be that small section that is not attached with velcro where it bends over the square piece.

I hope you can make sense of that. Maybe I can get some pics and have my nine year old show me how to post them. Technology really left me behind

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Old 05-08-2012, 09:25 AM   #29
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Thanks DGrissom, for your feedback on the awning. After 3 weeks, mine arrived yesterday. I initially thought they sent the wrong one (box says "Cabana Lightweight RV Dome Awning") I opened it up and found directions from Dometic stating the awning is the 'A Frame Awni
ng and Screen room'. After reading the set up and user directions, I will admit that I am now less than excited about using it....seems more work to set up than I imagined...told my spouse it would be faster to pop up the EZ up and enclosed sides (which has held up to windstorms extremely well, staked down of course) My excitement completely died and coincidentally after reading your note, the stars have now stopped shining for the awning. LOL
My husband said its not going to be that bad...but I am thinking of user friendy and fast set up, especially since I will be using it by myself when at the shows. sigh...I can pop up my EZ up alone...I can put up my SUV Napier tent alone...but this awning may be my challenge yet....again, I really appreciate the feedback...I havent even used it, just read the directions and I am leaning toward agreeance with your spouse haha....maybe if it had already been placed on my unit prior to purchase, I wouldnt be feeling this way...will report our findings if I decide to put it on....
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LM - I think I will hold your encouraging words in mind...really glad to read that you are liking your awning more as you use it! Thanks for your words too!
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