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  1. Jim et Lou

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    I am looking to buy a drive away awning. The one I had in mind is the Outdoor Revolution Cayman XLF. Now here is my problem, on my Laika Ecovip 4L the Hab door is set high and just 15cm below the Fiamma wind out awning. Would I be able to open the Hab door without too much trouble or am I just looking at something that will not fit. I have attached a photo of the MH
     

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  2. phil1946

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    Peter of John's Cross is a member and gives a good discount. I recently looked, on line, at a Vango inflatable awning that is both light and strong. Importantly they do two heights and their tallest is suitable for a rail up to 190cm from the floor - most awnings seem to have a maximum of 150cm. Worth a look and Peter, or one of his team, will be able to answer your particular question.
     
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    They key is not only whether the tunnel height is sufficient but what angle it will be at when attached, some that are tall have such a steep angle that the habitation door catches on the roof in use so it can't be opened fully. :Doh:

    I'd suggest getting a good second hand one off ebay etc so that if it doesn't fit well you should be able to sell-it on for the same price as you paid for it so won't lose a load of dosh in the process. :thumb:
     
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    We dabbled with drive away awnings, the problem we had was getting anywhere near a fitting back to MH, we now have a Kampa Air which attaches to the wind out awning which is then retracted, but this is not a drive away, the gap from our door to wind out awning is very similar to yours

    If you are getting a true drive away the 'connection' seems to be a throw over sheet with ropes that you tie / peg down on the far side, this will therefore be much higher so less of an issue

    We bought an Isabella drive away first which luckily we managed to return as the poles were not right for the canvas, but the fit was awful on our MH

    Good luck
     
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    This is partly true, with most drive-away awnings you have the choice of attaching it either by:

    • using a Kador (figure of 8) kit which you thread into the front edge of your existing wind-out awning (if you have one) and the tunnel of the drive-away awning itself - this is fairly easy to do and to detach it is just a matter of pulling out the figure of 8 plastic strips and when you return just slotting them back on again once you've lined your MH back up (you need to mark where the wheels needs to go BEFORE you drive off!).
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    • using long straps to throw over your van and secure it on the other side - this again is easy but they can snag on stuff on your roof and have a tendency to rub on the roof edges too.
    We've done both methods and the first is by far the best and more secure.:thumb:
     
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    Damn they started fitting engines in awnings now what next:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    We did try option 1, but struggled to get at it, we have an A class nearly 3m high, then even when connected the joining 'flap' seemed to just sag, or we could move the whole awning further away from MH and have an even poorer 'seal', actually a big gap between MH and awning. We felt we might as well put up a separate tent

    My opinion of course, thankfully we all have our own minds, but I think the variation in heights make the connection between the 2 the weak link, hence us going for a permanently attached awning
     
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    It will, of course, depend on what MH you have and what make of drive-away you have as to how successful the 'attachment' will be as they do differ quite a lot (we've had loads of awnings!).

    The other option of course is something like a safari/privacy room (or panels) that utilise the existing fully-extended wind-out awning.

    Another thing to watch out for with an 'attached' type awning is that they don't have any strengthening material in the upper corners next to the MH if this is where your habitation door is as this can again foul on the door ... as we found out with a previous one! :Doh:
     
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    Thanks Peter but they are all of the same ilk. most only up to 250/260cm rail hight. the Tourer is up to 290cm
     
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    Vango Kela Tall is 290cm and would be my choice if I was going down that road (again).
     
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    Hi
    I can see you're in Sheffield... But if you find your way down London way in the near future we have a outdoor revolution XLF which we used on a van just under 3m high. You could give it a try.. We don't need it any more and are looking to sell it.. But if you just needed to test it I don't mind you trying it if it helps.
     
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    That is so kind and thoughtful of you at the moment I can not see me getting down that way. However if you are thinking of selling it and if the price is right I would buy it from you then if it is slighty out of sinc with the door I could adapt it in some way or other.
    Thanks again for you kind offer
     
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    IMV not a good choice as the only difference is the height of the tunnel, the main awning is still relatively low so the problem with the angle of the tunnel will prevent the door opening. Whilst at the Peterborough show I did notice that the new Outdoor Revolution Oxygen awnings are taller so therefore the tunnel has less of an angle.:Smile:
     
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    It is not the hight of the van that is a problem it is will the door catch the awning on opening, as the door is only 15cm lower than the wind out rail.
     
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    I think we have both covered your internal height concerns (reference to door / roof)

    You have at least a choice of 2 that should work on yours, ours is the XL Kampa Air which you would need
     
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