The R Pod has a similar "canned ham" shape as the early Shastas. For under $175 you get a light weight awning with screen room and privacy flaps. I'm going to try one. Just have to figure which size as it seems that awning channel length is critical.
Here is an image of one attached to an R Pod
Last Edit: Jun 11, 2012 9:47:43 GMT -5 by crowelle
I purchased the Cabana on EBay. Mine is an 11 Ft wide model. You have to be pretty careful and not go too big (wide) or else the awning will not fit. Better to err on the smaller side. I have it on a 14 ft. Shasta Airflyte. It took about 10 minutes to set up. Very easy. Took it down today and it was a 5 minute task. I am pleased with my purchase. I bought from Bannerbeeze (yes, that is beeze, not breeze) on EBay for $159 which included free shipping. I got it in 3 days. I would highly recommend. I did not get a picture of the cabana with the arch side open, but it completely opens in the front and you can store the unzipped front panel when you are looking more for an awning experience.
Post by safetybruce on Jun 16, 2012 21:37:10 GMT -5
Marti...you are so talented, why not design a competitor and offer them in the much cooler canvas colors and patterns you have for your terrific awnings.
That being said to support those that like awnings...I don't want to toss a spanner into everyone's euphoria, these are very useful, but darn it, you still can't get around the fact that you can no longer appreciate the lines of our campers when any of these are attached. Of course I live in Mississippi and have come to terms with the skeeters and other bugs...those that bite but don't kill me are my friends, so who needs a screen room...send the kids out to find 2 trees with a jungle hammock.
I do love the classic look of your awnings Marti, and would also encourage you to create your own version! I was glad to at least be able to match color of my '60 but it be really cool to have the look of your awnings with the design of the Cabana. I am also glad that the awning can be completely removed so that the lines of the Shasta are not compromised. I have the awning/screen room when I want it, but the great looks when I don't -- and, the price was right. Not much more than I would have spent on a tent for the kiddos.
Last Edit: Jun 17, 2012 8:04:16 GMT -5 by crowelle
Love this idea! I have a 19'. I'm wondering if I can fit the r-pod 16' awning/tent! Have to measure this weekend.
I think that the crucial measurement is from the beginning to the end of your awning channel. I have a 14 foot camper, but found that the 11 foot awning was perfect for the length of my awning channel, which is shorter than the total length of the camper. That being said, I did not take the screen room all the way to the end of the channel in the front (it was about 9 inches from the end). So if anything, you want the cabana awning to be a bit shorter than the length of the channel. This way you can kind of "center" the whole thing where it fits best on the outside of your camper. Too long of a cabana screen room would simply not work because you would not have anything to support it on the camper side.
Post by thetreeplanter on Jun 21, 2012 10:17:09 GMT -5
Thanks for the info. Now I just have to decide if I'm going to go for utility (& lower cost) or one of those beautiful awnings made by Marti.
I admit I was all set to go the utility route until I saw my husbands reaction to it. I didn't realize he was so "proud" of how the trailer look! He immediately said, "you don't want that, you want one of those cut stripped awnings." Funny since he is the one who suggested a tent room/ awning for the kids to sleep in and I was feeling proud to have found an inexpensive solution, thanks to you
Marti any chance of adding sides to one of your beautiful creations? Perhaps with a Velcro on/off option?
Mine came with screen panels that would slide into a rail under the bottom edge of the camper, and help close it in.
Chris -- I have been trying to figure out how to incorporate that bottom screen section -- have you done that with yours? I don't really want to put another c-channel rail on the exterior. Suppose I could try to put something along the bottom edge -- trying to do what I can to enclose the space to make it a second sleeping area and keep out bugs -- as Minnesotans our state bird should really be the mosquito and the blasted things can find the smallest holes to get in...