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Old 12-05-2015, 08:10 AM   #1
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Purchasing a new trailer and wondering about adding awnings. What are your opinions on just the entrance side or all sides?


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Old 12-05-2015, 08:16 AM   #2
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Unless you intend to spend a lot of time down south I think the main patio awing is all you will need.

In the 20 years I have had mine I think I have used the driver side awing 3 or maybe 4 times.

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Old 12-05-2015, 08:58 AM   #3
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We travel widely throughout the country, spending 6-7 months in our Airstream. The awnings keep our Airstream cooler, the fridge compartment cooler, and our Airstream looks cool with them deployed. The optional awnings are very easy to use and stand up to wind very well. We use them at least 90% of the time.
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Old 12-05-2015, 09:02 AM   #4
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We live in Florida and frequently camp in warm sunny environments and believe the street side and rear awnings make a significant difference in keeping the inside comfortable. We have not found a need to retract them when it rains (their angle allows the water to run off), and often the rain cover they provide lets us keep the street side and rear windows open when it is raining. Best, Joe
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Old 12-05-2015, 09:06 AM   #5
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We live and camp mostly in Florida which is warm and sunny most the year. We want to camp in hot months and without blinds, multi layer curtains, AC, Reflectix, AND the awnings which all combined keep the interior moderately cool... it wouldn't be possible. If we camped in cooler temps most of the year, I wouldn't consider anything other than than a large passenger side awing necessary.
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Old 12-05-2015, 09:21 AM   #6
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The patio awning is a must have. The others are most useful if you plan to camp in warmer sunnier spots.
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Old 12-05-2015, 09:43 AM   #7
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In the Az desert wind comes up unexpectantly, blowing 15 to 25 mph or more.
No one leaves the awning out unless it is heavily secured, and I'm talking about SOBs here, way stronger than my zip dee.
This is why I didn't even think about adding them to my rig.
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Old 12-05-2015, 10:19 AM   #8
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We have awnings on 3 sides; curb, street and rear window on our '76. The trailer is much cooler when all are out in the summer with the windows open for good cross flow. Also it's nice to open the windows when it rains. The rock guard in the front acts like an awning.

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Old 12-05-2015, 12:27 PM   #9
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We did not have the driver and rear on our 25 at first and after traveling throughout Country added them. Kept the trailer considerably cooler and helps maintain refrigerator efficiency. When we went to the 28FC we made sure that all sides had awnings. With the ease of putting the drivers and rear sides out, it is well worth it and as others have mentioned, you can keep them out in rain and allows windows to be open with good airflow.

As a suggestion, get it when new as adding down the line when you decide you want them is pricey.

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Old 12-06-2015, 09:39 AM   #10
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Thanks everyone. Appreciate the input.
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Old 12-06-2015, 10:22 AM   #11
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My Awning package from the factory cost me $995.00 after the dealer mark up was removed. Thats the full street side plus the rear awning. If you do it after delivery it will most likely be double that. It's something I don't use every time I set up but it's there when needed, It looks great, keeps the trailer cooler and adds value. Just my 2 cents.

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