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Old 03-02-2020, 09:08 PM   #1
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Lessons learned from my first trip

This past weekend was the first time I have used my new 2020 Rockwood Freedom 1940LTD camper. This is the most important things I learned.

1. The awning was fun to figure out how to setup. The videos don't have the same style of awning. One person can setup the awning without a lot of effort. However, stowing the awning is a PITA for one person. Rolling it up is not easy and kind of like rolling up wrapping paper. It is not easy to get it even on the ends. Not sure I will do it again by myself.

2. When plugging in the 30A connector check to see if the green indicator light is on. Two hours after I setup I discovered the breaker at the plug was turned off (as it should have been). After I turned on the breaker lo and behold the refrigerator and AC unit started working.

I am interested in replacing the awning with a manual crank version. Guess I'll contact the dealer to see what options they have. I plan to do a lot of traveling alone.

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Camping with an RV is a learning experience that continues from purchase to selling
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I always make sure the breaker is OFF before I plug our cord in, more a safety thing
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Welcome to FRF.

Before spending a lot of money at the dealer give the membership here a opportunity to provide suggestions as there are lot of very cleaver and experienced members here and it is very likely someone has found a solution to any issue you may have.
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replace a brand new awning? certainly I would NOT contact a dealer about it... There are so many options to putting a cover over your outdoor space that do not involve an awning. And if you do use an awning, you do have some storm/wind support poles so the awning does not wrap itself over the roof if a storm should catch you napping or away from the trailer, don't you?

INFO here or make your own poles from PVC or electrical conduit but Old Coot's brackets are needed and well worth it.

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The OP has a popup, therefore a bag awning. So this won't work for them.
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When we had a pop-up, we quickly learned to leave the bag awning home and just carried an ez-up canopy tent for shade. Much less frustrating
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The OP has a popup, therefore a bag awning. So this won't work for them.
a popup awning does not have arms that support the awning from the camper?

You cannot add Old Coots' brackets to the ends of those arms? for a second point of attachment to the ground?

I looked at a picture of a bag awning and it appeared there are arms that attach to the lower side of the camper...

I do NOT attach my stand-up poles permanently or carry them on the awning while traveling, but I certainly do use Coot's brackets as handy attachment point for the awning to ground pipes that I use for wind protection.

What am I missing? confused?
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a popup awning does not have arms that support the awning from the camper?

You cannot add Old Coots' brackets to the ends of those arms? for a second point of attachment to the ground?

I looked at a picture of a bag awning and it appeared there are arms that attach to the lower side of the camper...

I do NOT attach my stand-up poles permanently or carry them on the awning while traveling, but I certainly do use Coot's brackets as handy attachment point for the awning to ground pipes that I use for wind protection.

What am I missing? confused?

there are two possible orientations for the poles, one is to attach to the sidewall of the camper. The other is for the poles to go directly to the ground. If they go directly to the ground, there is no need for the extra brackets and poles.
back when i had my popup - i always had my poles go to ground and simply tied them down.
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One item you left off your list.

Most people realize after their first trip that they took WAAAAY too much stuff along they didn't need.
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Old 03-03-2020, 05:37 PM   #11
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back when i had my popup - i always had my poles go to ground and simply tied them down.
thx for the explanation...
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This past weekend was the first time I have used my new 2020 Rockwood Freedom 1940LTD camper. This is the most important things I learned.

1. The awning was fun to figure out how to setup. The videos don't have the same style of awning. One person can setup the awning without a lot of effort. However, stowing the awning is a PITA for one person. Rolling it up is not easy and kind of like rolling up wrapping paper. It is not easy to get it even on the ends. Not sure I will do it again by myself.

2. When plugging in the 30A connector check to see if the green indicator light is on. Two hours after I setup I discovered the breaker at the plug was turned off (as it should have been). After I turned on the breaker lo and behold the refrigerator and AC unit started working.


I am interested in replacing the awning with a manual crank version. Guess I'll contact the dealer to see what options they have. I plan to do a lot of traveling alone.

Leroy
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On our ole Palomino Popup we would role the poles in the awning and it rolled up perfectly. Maybe you can / can't do that.


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I completely feel you on the awning issue - unfortunately there isn't much to the roof of these popups so you're greatly limited on options there. I'm not sure a popup roof will withstand much more than an bag awning. One piece of advice I can give that helps us when putting the awning away is to lower the camper down half way then roll the awning up. It really makes a difference!
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I completely feel you on the awning issue - unfortunately there isn't much to the roof of these popups so you're greatly limited on options there. I'm not sure a popup roof will withstand much more than an bag awning. One piece of advice I can give that helps us when putting the awning away is to lower the camper down half way then roll the awning up. It really makes a difference!
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Old 03-12-2020, 07:08 AM   #16
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I gave up on the awning on our 206LTD. The hassle of it plus trying to get the screen room attached too. Just too much PITA for me!
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I found leaving awning to last was best when 1/2 way or more down.. putting out when 1/2 way up too. I am always alone so I feel your pain. I have a 2516g , now for sale.
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Thanks for all of the responses. Just to be clear my issue was not with the poles. it was the effort it takes to manually roll the awning back up to store it in the bag. I will try waiting until almost done before repacking it. Maybe I will practice at home (what an idea).

As for taking too much, I knew I did but it was on purpose. If I didn't touch it I won't take it next time.

You guys are great.
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