Advice for newbies

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  1. DoctorD

    DoctorD Read Only Funster

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    We're brand new to motor homing having just bought our first small camper an Autotrail trekkerCan anyone give us some advice about the best type of awning to buy?
    The camper is fitted with an Omnistor 5200 pull out canopy
    Any advice greatly appreciated as we are on our own in terms of friends with campers!
     
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    I am sure JC moor home - Peter will be along soon with advice

    I am sure Peter of John Cross motor homes will be a long before to long to give you some advice on the awning issues. They sell Fiamma and are at many of the shows... otherwise check them on on the internet.. base in Kent.


    Bob
     
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    John and Cheryl Read Only Funster

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    Hello and welcome to the Fun, they are a helpful and friendly bunch.
    Hope you have fun with your Motorhome. someone will be along soon with help
    John :Smile:
     
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    Not really, we don't know what you want to do with it.

    There are 3 main variations.

    Safari Room sides and front for the wind out awning.
    Awning that "leans" on your MH.
    Drive away awning.

    Have a look here:

    http://www.riverswayleisure.co.uk/acatalog/AwningWorld.html
     
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    Hi and BIG welcome from down south:Cool: ( I.o.W.) Terry:thumb:
     
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    Boy J C motorhomes bit slow off the mark

    Boy.. Peter must not be well, .. a golden opportunity and he has not picked up on it.:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:


    Bob:Blush:
     
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    Since joining the Funsters you now have an endless supply of friends with experience of motorhoming!

    It might be worth finding out how much you actually NEED an awning before rushing out and buying one. Have you been away in the van yet? If not try a few trips first. We were all for buying one when we first had our M/H but realised that we manage quite well without. We have considered a safari-type arrangement (side and front mesh panels that attach to the wind-out awning) but still can't be sure whether to bother or not.

    Motorhoming has some subtle differences from caravanning and I believe that this is one of them. The practicality of repeatedly attatching/detatching an awning doesn't fit in so well with a motorhome as it might when staying pitched on a site for a week or two.

    Wyn
     
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    Hi Wyn

    Thanks for the reply. We've managed 4 weekends so far and were keen to add an awning as we only have a 2 berth camper and feel the extra space would be useful.
    i do take your point about the time required however having watched a couple spend 90 mins putting up a large awning at the weekend!

    We really want to try and get an uncomplicated, easy to erect, version hence my post to the forum for advice.

    Kind Regards
    David
     
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    a drive away type may be the answer for you as its basically a frame / dome tent with an attachment to make it fit the motorhome and most wind out canopies have a channel to slide it into.
    and with the drive away kits you just pull a piece out and drive off leaving the awning stood on its own.
    although lining the van back up with it can be a bit tricky.


    they can be got at reasonable rates second hand too many funsters have bought them to find they don't use them so check the classifieds on the left hand side of the home page.
     
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    I don't think they've made that one yet !

    The other thing that may surprise you is the weight/bulk of them. Ours has to live in the shower.

    If you are stopped for a few days they certainly are great, so far we've never had to take one down in a gale, but dread the thought. I managed to take our drive-away down single handed once ( had to ) but not much chance of erecting it single handed.
     
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    Hello and welcome
    Safari room , Great in the winter-virtually daught proof and we use a small heater luverly.
    However, bulky and takes about 20 mins to erect once practised.
    Summer time we use windblocker sun shades, fits in a carrier bag apart from two small poles and goes up in five mins without practise.
    You pays yer money ect ect


    cheers nige
     
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