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Old 02-07-2012, 04:30 AM   #1
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Any Thoughts on the Awning option?

Hi All,

We recently ordered our 2012 25FB Flying Cloud. At the time I did NOT get the Awning option. However, recently I read a few posts that make me think I should add it.

What do folks think about the awning option? Have and never use it? Use it all the time? Don't have it, wish you did?

Price (in the grand scheme of the overall cost) is not really a consideration.

Thanks in advance,

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Old 02-07-2012, 04:42 AM   #2
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I use my awning all the time!
I would imagine that having it addded after the fact would be a PITA and is another possible opportunity for scratches/damage to the aluminum (depending on the installers, of course)
I have found that the more awning the better in the South GA summer heat. My vote is to add the awning package!
Wow, a brand spankin new AS! Sounds exciting! You must post pics when you take delivery!

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Old 02-07-2012, 04:54 AM   #3
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The awning certainly helps keep the AS cooler, but we rarely use it. No matter when we extend it, it suddenly gets very windy and it has to be put away. We learned early with an old SOB not to leave it up over night to avoid having to jump out of bed and rush out to put it away in the middle of the night. We tend to be out doing things during the day so we don't want it up all day either. We might use it more if it was one of those electric models I've seen.
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Old 02-07-2012, 04:55 AM   #4
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We opted for the the awning package when we ordered new and are pleased that we did. The two additional awnings were most useful in the heat of the southern states last year and, as we encountered a lot of bad weather, we were pleased that they were very simple to retract, too. As to the cost, we thought it was worth it but that's obviously a personal issue.

Additional awnings deployed in Georgia last summer:

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Old 02-07-2012, 04:57 AM   #5
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I would also say YES, get the awnings. All of them if you can. Makes a big difference on cooling, especially if you dry camp in sunny, hot locations. The main one extends the living area, keeps sun & rain off the "porch". Probably would help with resale value if / when that day comes. Most, but not all, folks really like them. John
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Old 02-07-2012, 04:58 AM   #6
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You'll be sorry if you DON'T get it. Really, it helps keep the sun off your trailer and thus keeps it cooler; also gives you a shady place to sit, set up your BBQ, etc. The only time we don't use it is if the wind gets too strong, alas too often in Idaho, but we have added awnings all the way around just for the sunbreak. In Texas you must surely need the sunbreak?

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Old 02-07-2012, 05:11 AM   #7
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And don't forget that awnings give you a place to hang some twinkle lights...
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Old 02-07-2012, 05:12 AM   #8
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We drove the AS back to JC a year after we bought it ti have the rear and street-side awnings installed - and have never regretted it. The additional shade makes an amazing difference in keeping the interior cool in the noon-day sun. We also bought the sun-shade add-on to the main awning from Zip-Dee for when the sun dips below the awning and is still warm enough to heat the trailer and the patio area - easy install and easy use. Also, with all awnings deployed, the interior of the AS seems to be a bit more 'private' and enclosed.

Best of luck with YOUR new AS - be sure to post pictures of whatever configuration you decide on!
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Old 02-07-2012, 05:35 AM   #9
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We wouldn't be without our awnings. Our trailer had them when we bought it. The Argosy motor home that we bought last year had no awnings. But, we don't want to camp without them so we're dropping the money on zip-dees all-around before we start camping in the motor home this year.
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Old 02-07-2012, 05:39 AM   #10
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Old 02-07-2012, 05:41 AM   #11
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It's not a camper without an awning.

That doesn't mean I use them all the time every trip, but I do put them out as much as I can.
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IMHO....Two necessities.

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Old 02-07-2012, 06:19 AM   #13
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Old 02-07-2012, 06:56 AM   #14
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Full awnings all around should be standard on Airstream. We use them all the time for the many practical reasons stated above. They also look really good on the Airstream.
The roadside and rear awning can take a lot more wind than the big curbside sail.

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