Freestander awnings

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  1. Dave and Ginny

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    In our search for an awning to overwinter in Spain with, I was having at look at these Freestander Awnings that do not require any fixing to the van. Has anyone got or had one and have any views or opinions on them?

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    We had a Ventura freestander a couple of years ago, it was the steel pole version and weighed a ton ! It still had to be fixed to the edge of the fiamma rail though, but was a drive away awning. We have a Movelite family, which is easier to put up, but I find is too wide for most pitches. We now just use a Khyam day shelter 200, enough space for the chairs etc. and a hell of a lot quicker to put up.
    These are the ones we had/have
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    We'll have a very similar looking drive away one on sale in Wrenbury, was worth it's weight in gold for three weeks in Spain, not used since. Now got a safari room.
     
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    We've got a Lillypad safari room for the Fiamma which is brilliant but it's not going to be much good in Dec and Jan in Beni I'm thinking. I've also read on here that the lightweight awnings are not suitable for extended use, although I have to say that is what I'd prefer. I know the Freestander or similar are going to be bulky and heavy, but as it's going to be a drive down and back so I'm thinking that won't matter so much.

    Still very undecided though!! :confused:
     
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    Had this one for my Spanish winters and found it very good.

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    Sold it a few weeks ago. It's called a Valley Lodge, and it's by Outdoor revolution.
    The trouble with the cheap ripstop type is they deteriorate in the sun.
    This model was originally a Harrison and mine had Harrison labels in it.
    A mate of mine had the original Harrison one that lasted over 15 years in the sun, so a good bit of kit.


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    Looks a great set up, do you have a track fitted below the wind out? Also, our Hymer is a B544 with habitation door at rear, would you think this style of awning would fit over the doorway to step straight out into awning? Our door position looks to me as though it could be an issue with many awning types.
     
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    My door was at the rear Starline B640

    I had a Velcro fixed J rail under the Roll out awning. The Drive away stands away from the MH so the door can open into the space between.
    Even though the the fabric between Drive away and MH is weather proof, I had the roll out over it as extra insurance as you can see.
    It is a genuine free stander and the Velcro J rail was quickly detached.
    My mate had a permanent awning rail fitted to his MH and Turn Buttons to hold the fabric to the side of the van, a bit of over kill.

    I also had the tall extension as a kitchen and extra storage, for the Golf Clubs and Trollies.


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    I see there are some on Fleabay.


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    That's where I've been looking...a possible couple of bargains :)
     
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    Sorry, you need to tell me more about this...was it a DIY job or an accessory?
     
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    The Velcro J Rail kit came with the Awning and the fabric was fixed to it, with 3 slide in/out figure 8 strips.

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    We took a Ventura Freestander to Spain two years running. It needed to have the tunnel part well secured to the van roof due to the Spanish winter winds, which meant throwing the ties over the roof or, usually, having to get up on to the roof to fix them securely. Even so, we had several nights of sleeplessness as the wind tried to carry it off. In wind, it flaps noisily against the van too.

    It weighed a ton - 24kg for the canvas bit and 12/13kg or so for the steel poles. It was a bugger to erect and it became easier to do without it and finally we threw it in the bin.
     
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    :eek:...I'm slowly going completely off the idea of any kind of awning apart from the Fiamma and our lillypad sides. Easy to pull out, creates a nice sun trap and cuts out the wind and most important...easy to put away for a peaceful nights sleep!
     
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    Isn't that a tent?
     
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    Not a tent, but they don't necessarily have to be attached to van using a separate track or the track built into Fiamma or Orminster wind outs.
     
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    Is Freestander Awnings a brand or just what you call them? If the later you might find a larger choice using drive away awnings in your search.
     
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    No Freestander are a brand made by Ventura. This is one below.

    This is an old thread by the way, in the end a very generous Funster gave us a Dorema Highlander Awning which is almost identical to the Ventura, except that it attaches to the Fiamma rail. We used it for almost five months in Benidorm and it was excellent.

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    Lol and i was taking the mick just yesterday with somone not looking at a thread date. Doh! I keep looking at the drive away myself as i fancy one but my small self build is to small and its only a short lived van as i intend getting larger soon so buying an awning to fit may be a waste of money. I am honestly thinking of just taking a gazebo with me and hooking one side over the vans roof rack.
     
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    Your probably thinking along the right lines; although the Dorema we had was great, I would only ever consider it practical for a long term stay. Erecting the steel frame and then pulling the awning over it is hard work, harder I would say than putting up caravan awning where you feed awning around rail and then erect poles from under. We saw lots of free standing gazebo type tents that looked great, and of course you don't have to have it against the van!
     
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    What about just buying a second hand frame tent, I got a good bargain
    off Gumtree, only £25
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