Post by Gone Kayaking on Jun 13, 2013 10:05:23 GMT -5
On our Fallen Leaf Lake campout this past weekend, there was a smaller R Pod (basically the same size as my 1500) with the dome set up. It slides into the awning rail just like our awnings do. I'm thinking this might be a great option for inclement or especially buggy weather or to accomodate an extra sleeper on a cot. These are a couple of options--one from the manufacturer and one from dometic though they look the same to me. Restrictions-- Max Height of Rail 8' Max Length of rail 144". Wondering if it would be too long as my rail is quite a bit shorter than this.
My main concern would be the vinyl "smell" - but perhaps I am more sensitive to those fumes than most. One of the main reasons I don't own a popup! Wow, that link to the Aussie trailers was really interesting - particularly the rollers installed at top of door to avoid ripping the canopy. Might have to borrow that idea.
I have one of these, actually purchased from that seller on eBay. I have lost my more recent photos of it, but have some of the older ones. It was set up on the Airflyte last fall before I began tearing it down.
I bought this originally to use on the 16SC, even though the roof is flat on the toaster shape, it still slid in the awning track easily. Unfortunately, the camper was parked on a knob when this was set up. I think it still would be a little short, but still could be anchored down to work. The arch forms with a set of poles much like are used in a dome tent.
It is quite lightweight, and it folds up into a nice carry bag. It's made of a nylon material like a dome tent, no vinyl smell. The bottom edges are almost like a tarp where it is supposed to lie on the ground.
It zips all shut for privacy or to keep the rain out:
All of the shades will roll up and tie to make it into a screen room:
No photo, but everything unzips out so the screens can be removed and it becomes an awning.
It doesn't come with proper supervision, you have to supply your own:
Last Edit: Jun 13, 2013 15:43:41 GMT -5 by chris2620
I did have this set up on the '64 Airflyte. I think the camper is still a little tall, but it still should work. One thing that surprised me about the Airflyte was how "flat" it actually is across the main part of the span of the awning. There was enough awning channel to accommodate it though, allowing for the door to clear it and to slide in ahead of the wing position.
thanks for update - if not "smelly" then seems like a really good solution to me. Here in Texas the mosquitos can quickly make camping unpleasant! I'm going to measure the height on my 1500 as well as length of c-channel.
Like buying shoes (mostly for women) you have to choose style vs. comfort. Same with accessories for our trailers. I LOVED the Aussie versions of adding outdoor space. But some of them I wouldn't be caught dead in the middle of the woods with nobody but bears to see!
Post by hellonwheels on Jun 14, 2013 9:26:32 GMT -5
I would like to get a netting enclosure to drape from my Marti's awning; maybe she'll come up with someting that will velcro to the scallops and zipper in the front or side. Dang, I wish I wasn't so afraid of the old seving machine in the garage - don't even recall how to thread a bobbin anymore.
Well, the supervisor looks suitably not impressed...
She is a hard one to impress....she is 16 years old now, about 14-1/2 at the time of the photo. She was least impressed trying to keep up with me and the camera. It took a while to convince her that it was not about her....
Squeekie sends her luvs to Mow Mow...it was a series of head rubs, including a "butt", and an open-mouthed purr without any biting motion, and a soft squeeky "mew"...I am not sure exactly what was said, but no humans were harmed in the transmission of said message...so I assume it was all about affection. It was also during the process of overseeing the cabana setup again.
Okay so the rope-end that feeds into the c-rail is a full 11' (131 inches, give or take...)
The only trailer I have now with awning capability is the Compact. The cabana hangs out the ends of the channel on it...
A couple other features that did not show up in the other photos I had...
The top is supported by 3 collapsible poles, which snap into the cabana under the rail, and clip to the arched frame.
To use it as an awning, the sides roll up and tie, and the end zips completely off.
It is supposed to be anchored along the sides by snaps, but I am not too sure I will be screwing them onto the siding.
It also has a screen panel, designed to hang from a c-channel, and supposed to mount along the trailer side so keep out the insects. I am thinking about mounting a c-channel up underneath on the Airflyte, so it is not exposed, but the screen is usable.
Post by Gone Kayaking on Jun 17, 2013 13:13:07 GMT -5
thanks Chris....plenty to noodle on here. My channel is 11ft but that goes quite a way down the sides...not sure if it's a full 11 ft but certainly on that part the height will be well below 8ft....more like 5.5ft at the lowest point, wondering if that would be okay.
1956 Shasta 1500
Can't wait to go campin'