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Old 02-29-2016, 05:52 PM   #1
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Awning drop shade screen

I'm considering getting one of these for my 5th wheel. I have spent several trips with the afternoon sun blazing under the awning, and making it uncomfortable to sit outside. Most of our trips are 2-4 days, so is this just one more thing to spend money on, and another thing to find a place to store? I wonder how hard it is to install (pull the awning roller down within reach, thread the shade into the slot, etc.) What about high winds? Is it better to remove it and roll the awning up, or is it best to have the shade anchored to the ground?

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Old 02-29-2016, 06:19 PM   #2
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yep

We bought one for the full length of the awning. Works great and adds a little more privacy when outside. Ours came off EBAY, cheap and is 8 ft. tall so you don`t have to mess with straps, just tent stake it to the ground
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Old 02-29-2016, 06:26 PM   #3
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Good info, thanks! I am looking at one for $70 on ebay. 15 x 7.
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Old 02-29-2016, 06:32 PM   #4
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Bought one from CW for our Dutch Star MH. Never used it and traded the rig in last year and it won't fit this one. It's in a stack to be sold in a garage sale this summer. Nope, not going to try and sell it on any forum due to size/shipping weight.
Our favorite site at our favorite campground faces the west next to a lake so the full sun hits when low, thought more shade would be beneficial.
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We have a Prompt RV Awning Screen ( http://www.rv-sunscreen.com/htawnings.php )

We bought one in tan fabric to match our rig.

We use it occasionally. It works well. We use bungee cords along the bottom grommets staked to the ground. In high winds or if we are away, I remove the bungee and roll it up with the electric awning. I do not travel with it rolled up.

It is not difficult to put up or take down. It's a 2 person job to put up, but can be removed by one.

Folds up and stores easily. I do not regret purchasing it and will use again, just not every trip.
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I appreciate the feedback from you guys. I'm sure I wouldn't use one often, but I'm sitting outside every minute I can be. The description for the one I'm considering said it was for manual awnings, and when I asked for clarification the seller said it would work with electric awnings. The difference being that with the electric shade, there is a short piece with a zipper that can stay in the roller groove while the screen itself is zipped off for storage. I'm guessing the difference is that the manual roller is closer to the ground, and so it's easier to slide the shade into the slot. I don't think I'd like it rolled up with the awning always.
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We use bungee cords for light winds. If it gets too windy we take it off and roll up the awning. Easy to set up and take down. Takes very little space to store. We also have one for the " end cap". Love ours!
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....The difference being that with the electric shade, there is a short piece with a zipper that can stay in the roller groove while the screen itself is zipped off for storage. I'm guessing the difference is that the manual roller is closer to the ground, and so it's easier to slide the shade into the slot. I don't think I'd like it rolled up with the awning always.
I have a Dometic electric awning. It is not difficult to access the roller tube from the ground. If I had a Carefree, I'd get the zip on model, because the tube is not as easy to reach from the ground.
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Your best awning drop will come from Sunpro MFG. in a variety of colors to match your RV.

They offer a zip-off model which is really simple to install plus the small portion that remains on the roller can be rolled up with the main patio awning.

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We assembled our own from a few inexpensive components.

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  • Valterra A77040 Awning Accessory Hanger ($13, eTrailer)
  • WindscreenSupplyCo Heavy Duty Black Knitted Mesh Tarp with Grommets 60-70% Shade (8 FT. X 16 FT.) ($45, Amazon)
  • 12" tent stakes and spare rope if necessary ($10?)
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I wouldn't say that using the screen adds much in the terms of wind resistance to the awning - you have to be prepared to take it down and roll up the awning if you are going to see much wind, though firmly staking the bottom of it does allow it to withstand a small bit more.

We additionally use CareFree of Colorado's 902822BLK anti-flap kit which provides supporting arms and stake our awning, and that combination allows us to keep it out in just about any amount of wind. We usually leave it out until winds begin to exceed 40mph and sit under the shade screen daily. It's all nice to have, but probably not worth spending much money and time on if you aren't using it all the time.

I would suggest at least considering eye bolts through your awning arms and staking them with springs and ratcheting tie-downs, to increase stability in wind. You don't want to be in a situation where winds are picking up and you can't get the shade out so you can roll it in before the wind mangles your awning arms. It's a little work to install - not bad - but worth if it you are going to be in one place for at least a couple days. I'm 6' and require a step stool or ladder at a some sites to reach and assemble everything, but our awning is way up there.
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We have an awning shade. we use tent stakes and bungee cord on the bottom. It makes it easier to release and roll up should a quick storm wind come to our area. In the SE, summertime thunder storms can be very localized, and destructive.

I do not like to do it, but we can roll up the shade with the awning if needed.

Do you have automatic awnings? If so, shut them off if you stake out the awning. I have the old style manual awning. Stronger than most automatics, but still will not like 40+ mph gusts or updrafts.
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I give it a . If you use bungee cords are have a quick way to release it if the winds kick up that would be best. I used screw anchors which work great.

I used dog leash type connectors to unclip fast.

I think it goes in the track easy enough.

Of all the things you carry, and store this is one worth having I think.
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I'm considering getting one of these for my 5th wheel. I have spent several trips with the afternoon sun blazing under the awning, and making it uncomfortable to sit outside. Most of our trips are 2-4 days, so is this just one more thing to spend money on, and another thing to find a place to store? I wonder how hard it is to install (pull the awning roller down within reach, thread the shade into the slot, etc.) What about high winds? Is it better to remove it and roll the awning up, or is it best to have the shade anchored to the ground?

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I would say get the zip blocker. We use it and leave the small section on the on awning all the time. In high winds we have left the awning anchored down and it has survived in gusts about 40 mph.
We store our in a duffel bag with the bungee cords and hold down stakes.
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I would say get the zip blocker. We use it and leave the small section on the on awning all the time. In high winds we have left the awning anchored down and it has survived in gusts about 40 mph.
We store our in a duffel bag with the bungee cords and hold down stakes.
Agree. We have a metal encased awing so I opted for just the one foot drop as I didn't want to possibly hinder the space rolling up the awning. The permanent drop that attaches to the awning with the sipper is wonderful. Its super easy to install. Its a quality heavy duty zipper that works well. We attach the bottom of the screen with three stakes and bungees into the ground. That gives the awing some wiggle room in lighter winds. In higher winds or storms unzip it and let it fall to the ground and retract the awning. the screen can lay on the ground until you extend the awning.
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