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Old 10-31-2011, 11:40 AM   #1
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Full length curb side or indiv. windows?

I meant to state in the title "street side" rather than curb side but program will not allow me to change it.

I camp a lot in deserts where there are often high winds--so high that I can't have curbside patio awning open. Want some kind of awning for street side to cut down on heat.

am I better off going with two small awnings (one for the two big side windows) and another for the small window in the bedroom, or one full length street side awning?
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Old 10-31-2011, 11:51 AM   #2
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I camp a lot in deserts where there are often high winds--so high that I can't have curbside patio awning open. Want some kind of awning for street side to cut down on heat.

am I better off going with two small awnings (one for the two big side windows) and another for the small window in the bedroom, or one full length street side awning?
I am having a hard time figuring out why you can't use the curb side awning, but a street side is OK.

If I understand the problem, maybe some mechanical modifications to the CS awning that allowed it to open partially would help. I don't have our trailer here to look at, but it seems to me that a brake that stopped the awning roller from moving when desired and a couple fabricated arms might work.

If you are trying to cut down on heat, one long awning would work better because heat is being transferred through the skin as well as through the windows.

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Old 10-31-2011, 11:59 AM   #3
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The street side awnings I have seen have much less fabric (when fully extended) to catch the wind and that's why I'm considering a street side awning.

I understand the point of shading the skin as well as the windows. I had no idea how hot an AS would be compared with my SOB fiberglass sided trailer.
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The street side awnings I have seen have much less fabric (when fully extended) to catch the wind and that's why I'm considering a street side awning.

I understand the point of shading the skin as well as the windows. I had no idea how hot an AS would be compared with my SOB fiberglass sided trailer.
That is true about the less fabric on the SS awnings. I wish I had our trailer here to look at. It seems to me, that if you could some how stop the CS awning roller from letting any more fabric out when you reach the size you want and then a way to hold it there. that might solve the problem for that side.

We have awnings on both sides and the back. On the SS there is a longer awning that covers all the forward windows, and then a shorter one for the bedroom window.

Here is a link to a trailer identical to ours. It has pictures showing the side and back awnings open.

Colonial Airstream NJ - 2010 Airstream Classic Limited 31'

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I understand the point of shading the skin as well as the windows. I had no idea how hot an AS would be compared with my SOB fiberglass sided trailer.
I know what you mean. Our previous trailer was a white very well insulated Bigfoot. I was amazed at the difference between it and the Airstream when it came to maintaining a comfortable temperature. We camped in the Bigfoot comfortably for few nights at -20F. (Christmas in Iowa)

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The street side awnings I have seen have much less fabric (when fully extended) to catch the wind and that's why I'm considering a street side awning.

I understand the point of shading the skin as well as the windows. I had no idea how hot an AS would be compared with my SOB fiberglass sided trailer.
Usually, the 2 street side awnings will cost more than 1 full size.

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I called Zip Dee and was told they could make a custom size awning for any dimensions which is information I thought others might want to know.

Also, the price for a 16 ft. street side awning is $800 plus "hundreds ofdollars for shipping" (direct quote) as it has to go by truck. The price for the rear window on my pan window is $346 plus shipping.

At this point I'm thinking NOT to get the full size street side awning as I would hate to invest nearly a thousand dollars and then have the same problems I experience with the patio awning and winds.

BTW, I asked to speak with the AS specialist and was connected with a lady named "Linda." She was able to quickly give me the info. I requested, but seemed very impatient w/my call--in fact her tone was downright rude. I really like to avoid dealing w/ companies whose employees have "attitude," but there isn't any other choice in this instance.
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On our trailer, we went with the full length street side awning since it would shade windows and refrigerator. Has worked very well. I would suggest the rear awning as well. Have done well in brisk winds. Cost for both on a 28' was about $1500 as I recall. Had it done at the Airstream factory.
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I called Zip Dee and was told they could make a custom size awning for any dimensions which is information I thought others might want to know.

Also, the price for a 16 ft. street side awning is $800 plus "hundreds ofdollars for shipping" (direct quote) as it has to go by truck. The price for the rear window on my pan window is $346 plus shipping.

At this point I'm thinking NOT to get the full size street side awning as I would hate to invest nearly a thousand dollars and then have the same problems I experience with the patio awning and winds.

BTW, I asked to speak with the AS specialist and was connected with a lady named "Linda." She was able to quickly give me the info. I requested, but seemed very impatient w/my call--in fact her tone was downright rude. I really like to avoid dealing w/ companies whose employees have "attitude," but there isn't any other choice in this instance.
I have known and worked with "Linda" for many years.

She is extremely well qualified to answer just about any awning question for any Airstream.

But, Linda is human, like all of us, and can have a bad day, just like everyone else.

As yet, there doesn't seem to be "pills" for a bad day.

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As yet, there doesn't seem to be "pills" for a bad day.

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Oh Yes there are, but it's illegal to take them without a prescription .

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I was just today thinking of adding two curb-side individual window awnings to complete that side of the TT . . the winds being what they are here in the Coastal Bend of Texas, I really don't want to even partially unroll the main 22' awning.

And, with the big windows on this late production Silver Streak the smaller awnings provide privacy when one wants light, but doesn't quite want to be on display in a campground with close spaces. Gives options, in other words.

A long list of things to do before I get to this point.

But no doubt awnings are useful and look pretty danged cool when done right: dappled shade, the awnings out, the jalousie windows catching the slight breeze, sounds of others of us heard, but not seen -- the inside brought outside, and the outside, in -- well, does it get any better than that? (as memories back to childhood attest). Awnings really make the trailer.

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