Awnings - which is best

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  1. clecker

    clecker Read Only Funster

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    We have a Fiat Ducato Highlander motorhome and would like to get an awning to store walking gear in and also as extra bedroom space when we take family away. Not sure which would be a good buy. Any tips out there?
     
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    http://www.riverswayleisure.co.uk/acatalog/Motorhome_Drive_Away_Awnings_1.html

    Check out awnings here, if you go the stand alone/drive away option there are plenty of different styles some with bedroom pods/annexes.
    With these sorts it is easy to disengage the awning while you go out in the van and the awning keeps your pitch for you, come back and just reverse back next to the awning and re attach. Once yo know which sort you want you can keep an eye on ebay/preloved etc and get a used one for a lot less than new prices, unless of course you want a new one.
     
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    I just spend 2 days researching awnings on ebay, preloved, gumtree, even joined preloved to get access to new adverts, only a fiver so I thought why not and what did I do, made an offer on one unseen without knowing the weight just the size and they accepted my offer, had a worry when I re-read the ad and no mention of poles so emailed them and asked them were the poles alloy or steel phew, theydid come with poles!!!
    Now we are awaiting delivery of a normal caravan awning and have bought the driveaway kit to attach it to the van.
    As we dont drive off and leave it, we use the car thought we didnt want to flap that goes over the van to be flapping all night keeping us awake, we bought a normal caravan porch awning.
    Hope it all fits otherwise it will be back up for sale the next week.
    Should make some money on it too as long as it sells of course.
    We always do lots of research and then but one unseen, what are we like???
     
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    I can thoroughly recommend the Outdoor Revolution range of motorhome drive-away awnings. The ones that might be most suitable for your size of van are:

    Movelite XL = 3m x 3m plus the 'tunnel' part, meant for vans with a rail height between approx 2.2m to 2.9m

    Movelite Square = 2.4m x 2.4m plus 'tunnel' for vans with a rail height of between 1.9m to 2.3m (although we found using it on motorhome with a 2.4m rail height worked perfectly).

    These sometimes come with an inner tent already.
     
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    If you call one of our shop staff Matt, Darren, Nic, Jon or Lynda and have a chat to them as they will be able to answer all your queries easily on 01-580-883062 and take an order if needed.

    We have a wide range of awnings and annexes to suit all vans, all with Funsters discount!:thumb:

    If the lines are busy you can also ring Jan at our Hastings warehouse on 01424-437525 and ask her

    Regards

    Peter
     
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    Forget an awning get a tent - a nice strong one.

    We have seen awnings and fiamma 45s etc etc go over top of motorhomes and caravans in strong winds and ruin peoples vehicles.

    Get a stand alone tent (an old fashioned cabanon if you can) - yes they are heavy yes they are thick canvas but no they dont tend to blow away in a storm.
     
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    Have a look at Kyam not the cheapest but so easy to put up and take down.
     
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    I will second that. I have a Kyam Excellsior, 4 years old and still going strong.
    Makes a good Gazebo in the garden as well.
     
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    We bought a Khyam Excelsior 6 years ago and made good use of it but found it too big sometimes. Definitely the easiest range to eerect and take down though.

    We subsequently bought a couple of Panorama porch awnings on eBay which were OK but not perfect and tended to be noisy when it was windy. They gave us extra space we needed with our Autoquest but the thing I hated about all of them was packing them up in the wet.

    The Burtsner had an Omnistor awning fitted before we bought it so we've bought some windblockers, which aren't as bad for packing up wet. Haven't used it much though because we have more space in this van.

    The Khyam has now gone to our son for use with his camper - and seems to fit it better than it did our Autoquest. Both the porch awnings sustained some rips as a result of the wind so the fabric parts have gone to the dump. Kept the poles just in case.
     
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    windy weather

    Had a week in Barmouth recently and on the last couple of nights the wind got pretty unpleasant.I was using a Royal Traveller 4 awning and it plapped so loud all night and slapped against the inner tent so violently I didn't get a wink of sleep..
    There was no damage to the tent as there seemed to be to a few other unhappy campers next day.
    A very pleasant guy who worked there said he'd been watching very carefully on the site to see which awnings could take the strain and he said the pyramid-type ones(like mine) were the worst and the best ones appeared to be the arched ones like this
    [​IMG]not endorsing this product(don't know what it is) just the shape.
     
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