Best drive away awnings

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  1. Kait

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    We're thinking of buying a drive-away awning for our Hymer B584. Any recommendations? And what is the general opinion on self inflating ones? Thanks in advance.
     
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    We would never have one we tend to move on after one or at the most two nights as we like to tour (must have some Itinerant in us) but would suggest the best one is one you remember to detach before you move the Hymer
     
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    Might look interesting on the motorway :)
     
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    Glad you brought up the subject of Drive Away Awnings @Kait

    How far do they go on a tank of Fuel? anyone know? Is it very easy to get them converted to LPG? Can you get a Turbo Diesel version?
    You mentioned "inflatable", can you fly them then?

    AH! Just had a thought, the man with the knowledge would be @eddievanbitz

    Just thought it would be interesting to know eh!
     
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    As said, do detach before driving away!

    At a motorcycle event a few years ago a TOP journalist turned up in a FREE to him/her MH, set up, erected awning, sides, the lot.
    Weather got a bit iffy, what did he/she do.

    GOT IN AND DROVE OFF.

    Did about 10 yards then saw the devastation.
    After a right good laugh at this up their own bum person did any body go to help

    NO. Sat there for about 3 hrs until a group turned up in a van, cut the canopy, rolled up the sides etc, then scuttled off, with us still laughing, after even more ale.
     
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    We have a kampa rally air pro.
    It's awesome .. do a quick search on here.
    We also have an older movelite xlf ( large one with the extra bedroom pod) drive away awning with the family pod that were probably going to sell for 60 quid.
    It's not bad but you need a good strong marriage to assemble it.
    We now have our kampa rally to under 10 mins. We bought some screw in pegs for it in a fit of laziness.
    We find it useful if we're staying somewhere for 2 days or more.
     
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    We have a Kampa inflatable from our last motorhome, which didn't have a wind-out awning. It was extremely quick and easy to put up, and very spacious in use, but a bit of a faff to pack away. We never really got the hang of the drive-away bit, so just used to throw the awning sheet over the motorhome roof, and tie the guys to the ladder at the rear, and the driver's mirror at the front - worked like a charm! One very nice feature is the groundsheet, which you either toggle in, or leave, depending on the weather.

    Highly recommended.
     
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    If you ever come to Scotland when it's midge season I recommend one of these http://www.vancomfort.co.uk/bug_free_zone_tent.htm
    Also useful in Norway/Sweden and Finland as its mozzy season up there in a few months......its a full drive away unit too ;)
     
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    have had all sorts over the years, and the very best driveaway we have ever had is the khyam motordome. takes a few minutes to erect and pack away with a built in umbrella pole system. take it out of the bag, unfold the fabric, then lift the middle and the legs clip in easily.

    video shows a smaller version, but they are all the same.
     
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    We also have the Kampa inflatable Rally Air Pro, which is quick to erect and makes a useful extra room / dog prison if we are staying somewhere for a few days. But I didn't think they marketed this model as "drive away" though? Probably my ignorance...

    Before this we had the Movelite XL, which is definitely "drive away" as its fully framed and can be sealed up all the way round. Prefer the Kampa though.
     
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    No it's not.. You're right I didn't read/think before typing
     
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    Our Kampa add-on was a Travel pod mini AIR tall, which is finitely drive away, and stands alone quite happily, in downpours and gales!! In fact, it's main use now is as a zip close "gazebo" for dry storage, when rallying with friends.
     
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    We have a Movelite XXL with a bedroom pod for when the kids visit, not the easiest to erect to start with but gets quicker with practice and substantially cheaper than the airframe types. We also have the 'daisy screens' which have been invaluable over the years providing a fairly decent windbrake and respite from the sun (when we get it) and very easy to attach to the wind out awning.
     
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    Would love an Air one for the occasional long stay but needs to be 3m high to go over the door! Anyone know of one please advise. Thanks
     
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    As someone who came from being a tugger with a huge Isabella awning with extra bedroom and end flyscreens I thought we could not manage without a drive away awning. We bought a Movelite XL but its had very, very little use. We have not used it on either of our 2 holidays abroad of a month each. Its been put up in the garden to learn how to do it and one other time when we went away to one site for a week and my daughter and a friend came to stay for a couple of nights in the awning.

    Think carefully how you intend to use your MoHo as you might be able to save yourself some money.

    The air inflatable ones are a better quality product but I heard of one stolen when the owners were off in their van for the day so I decided to buy a cheap one which I was prepared to lose. My van is also high and I don't think that there was one suitable at the time I bought my Movelite XL. The Kyham took my eye as easy to put up but you pay for that convenience.
     
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    They do a taller kampa air pro ... as I found to my cost.
    If the op @Kait wants our movelite xlf they can have it for £50.
    (You will need patience and 2 people at least)
     
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    I do not understand Drive away awnings, Are they that bad you leave them behind when you go? or do you just leave them hanging on the side when you go 'cos you forgot them? The last one I saw in action I swear was going to end in divorce as SHE was trying to fold it up and HE was having nothing to do with it, as SHE said, SHE would do it without help from HIM. SHE was rolling around on the ground on it to get the air out and he was going to suck it out with the pump on suck, It was going to come to blows and I left so as not end up as a witness to murder (HIM by HER).
     
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    I've taken a look but they don't seem to be inflatables. Or are they?
     
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    not inflatables but they have a lightweight frame attached, much like an umbrella. none of the inflatables i have seen have been particularly substantial and wear out very quickly
     
  20. Kait

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    I've taken a look at the Kampa on
    That's interesting. I'd like to take a look at one. There may be a stockist in Kent somewhere. I've also been told that the Vango Airstream Idris is a good one to consider.
     
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