Joining tent to a campervan...

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  1. IonaBongo

    IonaBongo Read Only Funster

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    Hello, I could do with any pointers for ways of joining an existing family tent to a campervan. I can find plenty of tent awnings/porches and plenty of campervan awnings but none which act as a go between the two!! I would like a gutter rail joint that joins to the van then a small porch then a way of joining over the existing tent.... Any ideas...?? Please!
     
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    http://www.johnscross.co.uk/c-section-awning-rail-1-2-m-x-3-pieces.html

    Providing your 'tent' has an edge that will slide into the C section, if you do not have a tent try these

    http://www.johnscross.co.uk/awning-annexes.html

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    Peter
     
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    could use a caravanstore as the attatchment to the van, add sides or windbreakers nudge tent up to it . You don't say what size or shape tent is. sorry that's the best I can do. Good luck
     
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    it depends if you want to be able to detach easily and drive off or not.

    basically fit an awning rail to the van and use a caravan porch or driveaway which you pitch door to door and tie down the flysheet over the joint to weatherproof the top. nobody makes a purpose made joint, but a marquee company would be able to make something to fit. look in yellow pages or google companies near you
     
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    Thanks for that! My problem is that we have a normal non-drive away tent which we spent a lot on. Now we have camper and would like to 'convert' the tent into something we can link up to the van. If we could find a tent porch which had a campervan gutter skirt on the other side then that would be great. But cant find any!!
     
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    I'm thinking this is only option, or just stop being tight a buy a drive away. Just seems such a shame to waste a good tent. Also seem daft no-one has made a simple joint porch as I'm sure I'm not the only one out there with this problem. Gap in the market!
     
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    porches need to have a firm connection to the van at the top, hence the advice to fit a C shaped awning channel to the van. it will make it possible and cheaply available. figure of 8 gutter strips wont hold firmly enough
     
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    its not a gap in the market if they can sell you another awning instead of your tent:Wink:
     
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    Bingo
     
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    Try asking on the 80-90 Club forum bet someone on there could help :Smile:
     
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    The only way I can see to do it is to fit some sort of sun canopy to the van then position the tent doorway under canopy then hold down canopy with guy ropes.
     
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    i have the tunnel type drive away awning for use with the vw and to be perfectly honest i dont even bother fixing it to the van anymore ! the theory of having it affixed, is that it should provide a passageway through to the canvas, keeping you out of the elements. the reality is that in high winds the sides rub against the van [keeping you awake ] and when it rains, the top fills with water and becomes a giant waterbomb waiting for the first bleary eyed camper to emerge from the side door!! trying to line it all back up with the van when you return from a trip out can be a right faff as well . my advice would be carry on with the tent you have, it will do exactly the same job. regards garry
     
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    As I said before.. We were in your position.. And we bought a driveaway awning and now keep the tent as a spare for friends and family etc. Or awning worlks very well.. Isn't noisy and doesn't collect water.. And it's huge.
     
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