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Old 01-18-2006, 09:41 AM   #1
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Full or partial awnings

Hello troops,
I'm considering an ZipDee for the curb side (for tempature controll) on my 28 footer. Should I go with a full length or 2 partial awnings for the forward and bedroom windows.

What are your thoughts and experiences!

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Old 01-18-2006, 09:52 AM   #2
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We have a full length awning on a 30'. Way too long, very hard to work with. Should have been shorter with a small awning over the bedroom window. Just our opinion.

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Old 01-18-2006, 09:58 AM   #3
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Thumbs up Awning

Well, not to be contrary, but we have the full length on our 345 and we love it. It cools the unit down a lot in the hot sun and gives a large shady area to sit around in. It is really surprising how much awnings help when the sun is really hot.
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Old 01-18-2006, 10:00 AM   #4
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We have the single long awning along that side on ours. I like it--only one battle to engage when setting up or taking down. I'd still opt for that-also because of the long continuous shade and really cool appearance. I'd not like the single small unless it were one of the simple pull outs such as we have on the street side (2). Again, sharing my opinion
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Old 01-18-2006, 10:09 AM   #5
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We added a streetside awning on our '01 Safari and also went through the two awning or one decision. Cost difference was minimal so we decided to go with one awning to help cut down on the heat gain on that side of the trailer. We always felt that the A/C unit was marginal in very hot weather so anything that could shade the trailer would be a benefit. It was very easy to operate, not more than pulling down a strap and placing it around a hook which is mounted on the side of the trailer. Nothing like pulling out the curb side awning.

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Old 01-18-2006, 10:18 AM   #6
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Mine is a 34' with two awnings one 14' and the other 8'. They are easy to use and can be left out even when the wind pipes up.
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Curbside awning

If you are the social type, get a big one. Good place to set around and talk in the shade. Also less heat gain to the trailer. Also a good place to set up the picnic table and outside cooking if you are just the family. I would not leave it out if you are leaving the area for more than several hours. Wind in some parts of the country can rip them up, even with tie downs.
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Our traailer came with the long patio awning curbside. We added full awnings all around. We had it done at the Zip Dee factory in the Chicago area. We asked for their opinion on how best to do it.... one long, one short, two short, one extra long... whatever! They suggested strongly we have two on the curbside! One from in front of the front window to slightly past the refigerator, and another for the back window. This way the refrigerator was shaded but not the closet area. Apparently shading the fridge area makes it more efficient. Went with their expertise and opinion, and been very happy. I forget at what point it is that travel locks traffic side are recommended, but do be sure to get those and install them! One of life's sickening feelings is driving down the road and watching the awning try to deploy!
The window awnings are much easier to use than the patio ones and well worth the investment!

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I had the long awning on the street side and I agree that it helped to keep the interior heat down by keeping the sun off the windows/siding. I never entertained outside the trailer on that side because the awning did not extend far enough out and that was usually the power/water supply/sewer side.
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We have the standard long awning on the curbside, and two shorter ones on the street side. I would have liked to have had a single long one on the street side, but large awnings are a big no-no in really windy places, like the entire state of New Mexico.

We have only one serious dent in our rig, but it came from someone else's awning. We were parked at Oshkosh for the big fly-in last year. A thunderstorm blew up one evening, and everyone who had a big awning out lost it. One of those blew into the side of our Airstream. So we've been a bit careful with the big awning on the curbside ever since.
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They suggested strongly we have two on the curbside! One from in front of the front window to slightly past the refigerator, and another for the back window. This way the refrigerator was shaded but not the closet area. Apparently shading the fridge area makes it more efficient. Elizabeth in Iowa
That pretty much how we planned for two awnings also. It just ended up that we were concerned enough about trying to minimize the sun exposure that we went with the full length.

The important thing to understand is that the full length awning on the street side is just a window awning and nothing like the curbside patio awning. You are going to shade the windows and some of the trailer but you aren't going to sit out under it for shade or to stay out of the rain. The nice thing is that if the heavy weather comes in, its a quick roll up since you have no adjustments to make on the arms. Just unhook the strap and hang on to it while it rolls up. You obviously can roll one up faster than having to do two.

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nothing says airstream and rv livin' like awnings!

hi michael and others

big fan of awnings here.....the more the better. the older cloth options were more fun with the big blue/white stripes or the multi stipe versions from the 70's. the solid colors used now are ok....just not as fun looking.

someone here posted pics of the short single window style they'd recently added and they looked very sharp on the vintage coach....now who was that....moderators???

the longer streetside one does offer more "shade value" and fewer holes for support arms....i like the look on mine with 2 (one long/one short) instead of 3 shorter ones.

i do like the 5 awnings that come on the long trailers....lots of good reasons to have them or add them....and folks considering sobs often don't factory this cost item.

for me opening them is just part of setting up, like plugs and jacks, so i deploy all but the biggie every time i overnight....

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I had the long awning on the street side and I agree that it helped to keep the interior heat down by keeping the sun off the windows/siding. I never entertained outside the trailer on that side because the awning did not extend far enough out and that was usually the power/water supply/sewer side.
I forgot to mention that during a rainstorm without much wind, it is nice to keep the short awning out and leave the windows open for ventilation if not using the AC or boondocking.
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