Awning and microwave advice for Jayco Eagle Outback?

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We're pricing the Jayco Eagle Outback and have received opposing advice regarding awnings/annexes from different dealers.
One dealer tells us the Fiamma is best. Another says it's problematic and we should look at the Freedom electronic bag awning, or just the regular bag awning.
I'm chasing advice please! We won't be closing it in (putting sides on it). Just needing it for shade.

Also regarding microwaves - the Eagle doesn't come with a microwave but we would possibly like to put one in. Any advice on what to buy? Is it difficult to find a microwave to fit the small space under the cooktop/grill?

Thanks heaps!
-Lauren B.

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Reply By: Meridith D - Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013 at 19:17

Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013 at 19:17
We have an Eagle and changed the bag awning to a Fiamma. We found the setup on the bag awning involved too many poles etc, we love the Fiamma. The only downside is we roll ot up when the wind comes up (takes 30sec).

We also bought a microwave and it never made it into the camper! It's still sitting on the shelf in the shed.
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Reply By: graham B9 - Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013 at 19:50

Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013 at 19:50
Hi Lauren,

The truth is no one has come up with a good strong awning for a eagle yet. The problem is the height increase from packed away to open is to great for a regular roll out awning. So you have the two that have been mentioned. Bag awnings are stronger but take longer to set up. Fiamma are quick to set up but weak in the wind. Sure they pack away quickly but if you are away for the day and a storm or strong winds comes up it will break and damaged something else with it.

Omnister are a different brand to Fiamma ( Italian) but they are stronger than fiamma. If you choose this way to go then try them instead. Do not believe the salesman. have a look at this link.

I used to firt awnings to caravans for a living.
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Reply By: Shany - Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013 at 20:08

Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013 at 20:08
We bought our hawk with a bag awning but we were quick to swap for a fiamma much easier and quicker, I even made up shade walls for it out of an old trampoline net, it worked a treat, we also pegged ours down just in case a surprise wind came up. We also bought a microwave but it also doesnt make it off the shelve in the garage now, we do a lot of freedom camping, couldn't stand the noise of the generator so it doesn't come with us, everything can be done with gas or on the camp fire
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Reply By: Member - John and Lynne - Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 08:02

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 08:02
You need more space than you realise at first for a microwave and an external vent if it is going to work well and safely. It probably is not worth the trouble in a camper which is short on storage to start with. We didn't miss one in ours, especially as you can only use them when on 240 volt power. If staying in caravan parks most camp kitchens seem to have one but we have never really needed one. We just got used to doing without. Now we have a van with a microwave but use it mostly as a bread bin! We like to camp away from 240 power and rely on our solar panels.
Our camper had a bag awning whish was a bit of a pain to put up but gave us no trouble. We were glad of the awnings over the beds to keep water and bird poo etc off the canvas that had to be folded into the camper on top of the bedding! Lynne
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Reply By: Lauren B - Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 08:23

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 08:23
This forum really is brilliant! I was convinced we would need a microwave but now convinced otherwise (yay! a saving!). Feedback on awnings has been great - thanks very much. We'll definitely go for something like a Fiamma or similar alternative rather than the bag awning.

Just a matter of pricing around now! My husband doesn't like to sign the dotted line until he's certain he has received the very best price... Let negotiations begin! Then the wait... Then the fun!
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