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Old 04-17-2008, 09:46 PM   #1
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Under the Awning - Outdoor Living

We love our 22' AS. The size is not limiting; I enjoy being outdoors so much. Sitting outside. under the awning, in day or night, seems like the real way to go. I'm trying to come up with ideas on how best best to configure our "patio" for the road; and I thought some of you might have some great ideas to share with others and us. Maybe even pictures!

I kept our big "astroturf" fake green lawn from the 34' M/H days. Putting it out front under the awning with a couple of chairs and a table between gives it a nice "homey" feeling. Last trip I tried some sun screen fabric hanging from the awning. The clothes line clips worked okay until the big wind came up. So I need some other solution. (Possilbly welding clamps?, LOL). I think the fabric, besides giving us a break from the sun, affords a little privacy, and maybe will keep some bugs out. We bought some nice string lights to ornament the awning, but still need to find the best way to attach those. I guess the welding clamps might work for that too.

Any ideas or pictures to share?

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Old 04-17-2008, 10:23 PM   #2
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We pull Lucy's awning out, sting some rope lights along the ground, and it's Miller Time. If we are going to be somewhere for a couple of days, we put out the M&M lighrts on the awning. We use white plastic clips that we found in the laundry department in Wal-Mart.
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Old 04-17-2008, 11:06 PM   #3
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That is really agood question and one I've thought about many times, what do the rest of you do? We spend most of ours daytime outside unless its Sunday a football game of interest is on or there is an NHRA event showing and the first part of evening as well is spent outside. As far as attachment for awning lights installed in the awning itself, easy up easy down. Enjoy your travels.
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Old 04-18-2008, 05:47 AM   #4
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Quiet secluded wooded site with a babling brook, rope lights on awning, two comfortable chairs, tables between them, rug under foor, grill, cooler close by for your favorite beverage and one in hand, and soft tunes coming from the stereo. My wife in one chair, me in the other (both of us with margaritas in hand) and the dog curled up on the carpet...It just doesn't get any better than that.
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Old 04-18-2008, 06:36 AM   #5
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Quiet secluded wooded site with a babling brook, rope lights on awning, two comfortable chairs, tables between them, rug under foor, grill, cooler close by for your favorite beverage and one in hand, and soft tunes coming from the stereo. My wife in one chair, me in the other (both of us with margaritas in hand) and the dog curled up on the carpet...It just doesn't get any better than that.
You're absolutely right. It just doesn't get better than that, with the margaritas being the icing on the cake.

And Excella3287? Very nice-looking setup as well - great site too!

I know that ZipDee makes a "Tropical Room Screen Enclosure" that has these waterfilled anchor bags to keep it anchored no matter where you are. I have no earthly idea how much it would cost though.
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Super ideas. My husband is traveling to have our ZipDee awning installed today. Looking forward to upcoming planned trips. Enjoy Aria
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Old 04-18-2008, 07:29 AM   #7
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Thumbs up Great idea for a thread!

We treat our space under our awning as an extension of our trailer interior. There is room for a small table, a couple of chairs and a grill to fit in the event of rain. We always eat out side in the good weather. We use a gray indoor/outdoor carpet on the ground too.
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Awning out, Lafuma/zero gravity chairs, grill, tiki torches for night time, homemade camping light (flower pot), my Wife's "floating butterfly",dog under the picnic table-Life Is Good.

We started using one of these mats a few years back;
Leisure Mat - Camping World

Much easier to deal with than the cheapo fake grass, clean up nice (sweep it/hose it at home if needed) and folds up small enough to fit in the side compartment.

We are always outside too, regardless of weather...unless it is real nasty!

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That is our '06 30' with a slide out on our permanent site at Penn Wood Airstream Park last year. We got the '87 34' last fall to put on this site and use the 30' as our travelling trailer. The '87 is at P&S Trailer Services outside of Sandusky, OH right now getting an exterior makeover and polish. We pick her up on 05/02/2008 and then she will sit on the site in the picture for the summer. I CAN'T WAIT Neither can the wife and dog.
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Old 04-27-2008, 07:18 PM   #10
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The Tropics Room price probably varies from AS dealer to dealer. I've heard them priced from $1,250 - $1,700. Lots of netting all around - even along the base of the trailer so no bugs, insects or other creatures get inside the "room" from the opposite side. It is well done - well thought out and a very good protection from "no see-ums", giant black flies or mosquitoes. We have one but we carry it around more than we use it. Only if we'll be in the same place for quite some time do we bother to set it up. It is a major time consumption project - putting it up and then, again, when it's time to take it down. It comes in a nice large carrying case that holds the entire room. But, when it's time to use it - there's nothing like it. It's certainly worth it.
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Just ran across this as well...seems like another nice screen room alternative, and it's a good bit cheaper than the Tropics Room.

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We installed grommets every two feet along main awning.
And a few on the others for hanging stuff.
I did this while they were off, I know would be tough to set up for doing while on side...would be worth it though.
They really come in handy.
Would add more if doing again.



Great to hang movie screen from too...
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Just ran across this as well...seems like another nice screen room alternative, and it's a good bit cheaper than the Tropics Room.

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Thanks for the link! In looking at the awning though, I'm not sure it would fit the contours of the Airstream.
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I kept our big "astroturf" fake green lawn

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I wish I could help and I'm looking for a great thread, but I have a question, where do you stow the turf? Man, I'm stuffed for room in a 25 footer. Thanks in advance-michael
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