Originally Posted by desertwilde
My dealer wants $900 for the awning which I think is rediculous, but the awnings designed to attach to the a frame provides more protection than does the portable awning I already own.
Can anyone out their provide their thoughts and experiences on this subject. I really don't want to spend $900 on an item I already own at $100.
I'd appreciate your input
After a rocky start due to some setup issues (Thanks to LM for helping us resolve them.), we've enjoyed using the matching awning for our A Frame. We feel that it doubles our usable living space on our trailer, and it effectively keeps out the critters.
A couple of caveats: The site needs to be wide enough to accommodate the awning, and we plan to use it only if we are staying more than one night at a site (due to additional set up / take down time).
We negotiated the awning as part of our original purchase price. I don't think I would let it add $900 to my purchase.
However, if I had to do it all over again, I would
purchase it. It is well made, packs back up easily, and is reasonably well thought out. It can take up a significant amount of cargo space in the trailer due its length.
I think I made the comment about using the grill under the awning. I have
used our grill under it under very controlled circumstances with no problems. However, I plan to purchase a 10' hose extension for the grill to safely move it out from under the awning. Also, we have moved and used our front dinette table outside under the awning as a substitute for a covered picnic table.
With all that said, I would say that if you don't get it, a nice screened EZ-up type room would be a good substitute at a much lower price.