Inflatable awnings

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  1. Jandek

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    We are thinking of getting an inflatable awning for our Autotrail Apache. Looked at some at the shows but would really like to hear any opinions or advice. Plan to use in Spain so needs to be decent material that will withstand sun. Thanks
     
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    I think they are a constantly improving product, we have a Kampa Air XL, it is heavy and puts quite a strain on the awning when extended to fit

    I am seriously considering a lightweight awning with flexible poles to replace it at a fraction of the price we paid

    edit, ours is nearly 4 years old
     
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    and that's your biggest challenge..

    I've seem many awnngs almost in shreds after a full season in the sun... and I've had several that have succumbed to the UV .. they all do eventually .. so I don't think there is such an animal..

    as to your question.. I've just bought the Kampa Rally Air Pro and am very impressed by quality of the tube and awing materials.. and how easy it is to erect.. as said.. it is quite heavy.. but much easier to put up than one with a bag of poles like a Rubiks cube.. .. otherwise known as a divorce in a bag..

    not had a chance to use in anger yet, I need to fit an awning rail as my wind out awning is too far back to have the Kampa over the hab door..

    this was a trial and not pegged out, and you can see the problem

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    Thanks. Seems to be a bit of a mine field and also what could be expensive mistakes!
     
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    Our Kampa Air Rally inflatable awning withstood the worst weather that the Spanish winter could subject it to. It endured a 24 hour deluge of torrential rain which resulted in local flooding. It also withstood strong winds gusting at 70 - 80 mph. It stood solid as a rock for five months. I am very impressed and pleased with it.
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    We have a Vango Kella tall inflatable, drive away, used it for a month in Portsmouth last summer no problems. Works best when used as a stand alone as it can be noisy when it's windy, and would have concerns about damage to van if attached to wind out in even moderate winds.
    Quick and easy to put up can position it unattached close to any door. (and little noise when unattached)
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    Pic is it attached at York Marina, but rarely use this way now, preferring it free standing.

    Lin :)
     
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    We also have the Kampa Rally Air Pro ours is the 260L 2015 model weight 18kgs It's so easy to erect, we extend the awning rail out just an inch or two and feed the bead in, this can then be pulled across easily standing on the ground, then all it requires is about 4 mins pumping air into the beams (a 12v electric pump can be used) then peg out.
    We're well pleased with it and seems a quality item.

    Pete
     
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    Hi, have ordered the vango galli tall from @johns cross, not received yet so cant comment on it. Looks like good piece of kit, it runs parallel to van so can fit in smaller pitches. We also had the vango kella which we liked but lost in a house fire a while ago.

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    Whilst discussing inflatable ones, does anyone have one where the zips open to to bottom?
    That's one annoyance with ours you have to unzip the sides including fly screen from bottom to top so no option of having them unzipped to finish about waist height, with the dogs it would be a lot easier when it's hot to be able to keep the lower half zipped to stop them wandering out. If could find one like ours that zipped other way would change, other than that very happy with it.

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    yes.. the Kampa front panel zip gliders are at the top, you can roll the panel down to half way .. veranda style
     
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    Ah great, thanks will take a look, other option is I'm wondering if @Terry amazing seamstress friend might be able to change our zips to two way ones?

    Lin :)
     
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    yes.. I guess anything is possible with a Singer :D

    zips may be expensive though..
     
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    Yes, she might be able to reuse them just turn them upside down? Not sure:D
     
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    We brought ours after struggling with old one....2 hrs later and we was nowhere near managing to put it up The inflatable was up in minutes...just fab. Unfortunately, we have now upgrade our van and its too short for the new one....only used it once:devil:
     
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    Hi Lin been away at Thetford with no signal since Thursday so only just catching up --Not seen Julie yet but I would think it should be an easy enough job -She buys zips on a roll and puts her own pull/zip ends on /2 ends is not unusual but heavy zipper/zips she would have to order in -only keeps stuff for cushions -Will mention it to her when I see her in the morning -
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    Great thanks Terry :)
     
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    Hi
    We opted for the Quest Aquilla and are very happy with it.
    Single room, good size tunnel, low height fits my Benimar 286 perfectly, picture ofit on another post in awnings, posted about 3 weeks ago.
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    Thanks for all your replies. We really like the Kampa air rally pro 390. Only query is our fiamma awning is 240 cm at front and 245 at back. The Kampa awning is 250cm. Might sound daft question but would it work if we raised that side on levellers to 250 ?Only thing would be would have to use 4 levellers or would be tilting sideways. Just trying to imagine it...
     
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    We have just bought a Kampa Air pro CL it fits up to our windout at 2700
     
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    5 cm is only a couple of inches.... the height isn't that critical .. The L: fits 250 - 265 cm .. so I don't think it would be a problem,..
     
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