Drive away awning??

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  1. fbuey

    fbuey Read Only Funster

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    I have been looking for a drive away awning, and have seen a Movelite xl and a Kyham motordome. Do any of you campers out there have a drive away awning? We would really appreciate some advice. The Movelite xl is much cheaper than the Kyham but is it inferior??? Our motorhome is a coach built one.

    Your comments please.:Wink:

    Cheers xx
     
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    Hi,
    get ready for a can of worms when pappajohn comes home:Rofl1:

    I have the movelite xl. My wife forces me to put it up by beating me with a stick untill I have done so. It takes me 10 mins to put up :Blush: although other funsters seem to think my watch is wrong:Doh:

    It weighs just 13kg, and the advantages are as follows. We are a family of 4 and a large dog (i mean large) it gives us so much living space its untrue. Its great in the summer as we have aquired a blow up air bed from Patrick (member on here) and now inflate it and leave in the awning. The kids then sleep on it and think its great. Its much better in the wind if you put it up properly. I never use it if we are stopping for just one night.

    disadvantages are-
    Its hard to put it up at first.
    Its hard to get back in the bag :Angry:
    it's a pain in the arxe.


    However all in all we are pleased with it, although we use the throw over straps which someone commented looked like we were tie-ing down our van. check my blog out for some pics of it.
    Papajohn may have one for sale.:Wink:
     
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    Hi,

    We too have used a Movelite XL for the last twu seasons, and the assembly time reduces the more times it is assembled.

    We also considered the Kyham motordrome, it is heavier, and it could be said stronger, however, we found it could not be used with our Bessy E760. The width of the entrance tunnel did not allow the locker to be opened, so that discounted it, no such problem with the Movelite. It does bleach in the sun, but its advantages outway sun bleach.:Cool:

    We also put it up for stays of 5 or more days, roll up the internal wall, and you have a 4 x 3 metre area, very useful.:thumb:

    Nomadic
     
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    We have one for sale on Classifieds bought it last year when we had an Auto trail M/H but it don't fit our new m/h as the habitation door is right behind the drivers door so we have to come out of the m/h and into the awning (Not practicable) also the tie down ropes come over the habitation door.
    Maureen
     
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    We bought a Khyam Motordome Excelsior 3 years ago and have been very pleased with it.

    We use it for extra space at certain times, rather than as a drive-away.

    Graham
     
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    We also have the Movelite X L and also have to go outside to get into it. We do not find that a problem because we can still cook in it, eat in it and sit and. relax in it. We have had it for 3 years and would not be without it. Also it means we can leave chairs etc in it if we are on site and want to go out. :thumb:
     
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    get ready for a can of worms when pappajohn comes home


    Aaaaagh!!!!!

    says it all dunnit?:BigGrin:

    actually it isnt a bad bit of kit once you get it erected.

    as haganap says....

    disadvantages are-
    Its hard to put it up at first.
    Its hard to get back in the bag :Angry:
    it's a pain in the arxe.

    but once erected it is soooo useful.:thumb:

    i also used the throw over straps but iv since bought a drive-away kit so it may be a little easier.

    i did time paul at the fishing meet and it took 11 or 13 mins for basic erection then extra time for anchoring it down.

    definately not a one man job getting it folded up and back in the bag though:Angry: i can see a nylon holdall / tote bag on the shopping list.
     
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  9. dshague

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    we have one yes it can be a pain in the butt .but when you need to sit on your own with a tinny and a good book you cant beet it .:Smile:
     
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    Sorry but what is the point if you have to go outside to get in it ??? You may just as well buy a Gazebo - cheaper :Doh:
     
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    But you don't have to go outside to get in to it?
    well certainly not in mine anyhow. the idea is we can throw everything in it and go out in the van in just 10 mins, :thumb:
     
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    We have the Movelite and, as we have a Fiamma awning we use that with the sides attached, then put the Movelite on the other side of the van. Our grandaughter slept in it at Skegness last week. I think it's my turn is over the New Year! Yes, it does take a bit of time but it is useful for both sleeping and storage. Mine came with an internal bedroom as a promotion offer.
     
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    see above posts Paul...explains all.
     
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    We bought the Royal Blenheim XL drive away awning and used it for the 1st time at the june stratford rv show, which actually put it through its paces, because as other folk here will testify it absoluted chucked it down at the week end. Not one leak!! :Smile:

    Best deal was at Camperlands at £129

    http://www.camperlands.co.uk/store/erol.html#11280X53158
     
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    I bought a movelite xl last year and have'nt managed to put it up yet. anything stronger than a light breeze and it blows away. I'll sell it to you if you like. We never seem to stay anywhere long enough to use an awning anyway.
    Happy swearing
     
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    how much??!!
     
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    Hello all... In case anyone is interested in the Movlite XL, I have just bought one from here http://www.jacksonscamping.com/?pc=/product/3378/ They have both colours and the 'Drive away kit' for Fiamma and Omnistor roll out awnings... £180 for the tent and £15 for the drive away kit...also managed to get 10% off that too as my mate is a Captain in the boys brigade :BigGrin::BigGrin::BigGrin:. If you are, or know of someone in the scouts/brownies/boys brigade etc etc then it is well worth it! It ended up at just under £175 for the both:Wink::Smile::Wink:
     
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    Movelite XL

    I had one of these earlier this season but sent it back due to ingress of rain.
    The fabric itself is extremely waterproof and the extra space is useful....but when raining , light or heavy, water found its way through the zippers soaking my chairs etc. Due to the shape of this awning this means that usable floor area was reduced by about 400mm alround :Angry:
     
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    A drive away awning is of no use in this day and age of thieves what can you leave in it why do you need it, you have a motorhome for travelling not sitting on a site, it seems to me there are a lot of ex tuggers out there who can't quite shake off the bonds and maternal ties to the CC.
    :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Point taken Roger, but some of us have rapidly growing earlyteenagers that we want thrown out the van.:BigGrin:

    And it's not the ex tuggers, for me it brings home camping.
     
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