Blow Up Awnings !

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  1. Stephen & Jeannie

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    Are they a useful piece of kit ? Opinions please for or against ! I was thinking that they are better if it's very windy !:cheers::dogthanks:
     
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    Hi

    We have hade one on our caravan and loved it (even the wife could put it up). Will be getting one for our MH when we pick it up
     
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    Recently purchased a freestanding one and used it just the once so far. First erection took about 30 minutes to work out, the dis-erection ( ?!? ) about 10 minutes. I can see these times improving dramatically now i know what's what. It packs away easily enought too, but the bundle is about twice the size of a similar sized pole awning. Overall, very pleased with it.
     
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    We also have a vango kela airbeam very quick to inflate, we are really pleased with it. The only thing with these awnings is that the makers state they shouldn't be used for long periods of use, as the sun's rays can degrade them, and warranty will not cover this kind of use.

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    We have a couple of friends who have them and say they may cause damage to the windout when after loading the awning into the groove they are heavy to wind back up , not tried it myself so only hearsay, but one sold theirs. Pete
     
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    Blow up awnings?

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    It's for my caravan !:whistle2::whistle2::whistle2:
     
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    One of these on the side of an Auto-trail on a site we're on. http://www.kampa.co.uk/air-awnings/rally-air
    Been up for a week or so. Apart from that couldn't tell you much more.

    Not looking to "drive you away" from Fun (you'll see the light eventually!) but seem to recollect there was a debate on a caravan focussed forum (Caravan Talk) a year or so ago about inflatable awnings. Might be worth a look there.
     
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    Only time I just might just about use one is long term in Spain, and for that I don't see these standing up to the conditions (sun & winds)

    No. if I wanted one I would buy one of the many (abandoned through lack of use in garages all over this land) frame/cotton models on sale from an auction websites :)
     
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    Check out my messages, had a MH for 10 years!:whistle2::whistle2::whistle2:
     
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    I have the Vango Kela, it's brilliant, I can put it up on my own and it has had frequent use for over one year in all weathers.
     
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    I have just purchased a Vango Kela. Took 30 minutes to put up the first time in the garden. Haven't had a chance to use it with the MoHo yet but will next weekend when we are off to Lossie and Nairn for a week. No intention of driving away but thought a free standing one would suit our needs better i.e. a room for getting the dog clean and removing dirty footwear before going in the van. The additional outside seating area for nice days is a bonus. Going to use the over-roof straps because I don't have an awning or rail. Bought for £360 + £7.50 shipping from United British Caravans. Will report back more after next week.
     
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    Just want to add that it is quite bulky, almost identical to a Duvalay if you know what they look like rolled up. It does however fit nicely under the nearside bench seat but have to load internally because it won't fit through the external locker door. Still plenty of room in there for two small tool kits, levelling blocks, two deckchairs, collapsible trolley and a few other odds and ends so, all is good(y)
     
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    looked at them during the NEC show , I do admit I was impressed ,ive used awnings on caravans and find the concept of the quick erecting most attractive , wet soggy dogs and muddy boots in either a caravan or a MH are not a good idea , having a dry space that you can use to clean up in ,ticks another box​
     
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    Started seeing some caravaners with them know. Allmost as quick getting the kettle on as the Motorhomes now. One here on site at the moment and even though it's been blowing a gale for the last 24 hours it's all looking good.
     
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    Just be carefull and don't over inflate

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    That will be ok then pulled through the groove. Pete
     
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    With Vango Kela the pump supplied as a pressure release valve which wont let you pressurise above the stated pressure, but if using a different pump like Peter says be careful.

    John.
     
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    Friend of mine had one on his caravan here in Spain for the winter.

    Came back one day after a trip out and one of the main pillars had burst, due to the support fabric, having split.
    He had it just over 12 months and the sunshine had destroyed the fabric.
    Neither Maker or Retailer were interested, claiming that the material was not made for continued exposure to the sunshine and the awning should only be for weekend use, or at the most 14 days at a time.

    Needless to say he has a "proper" awning now.


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