Lillypad windbreaker solution needed

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  1. mikekaren2

    mikekaren2 Funster

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    image.jpg We are looking to buy a set of Lillypad windbreakers, while we were measuring up we came across a potential problem, our MOHO is a left hand drive and the habitation door opens towards the front of the vehicle, the awning stops about 6 inches over the opened door.
    So how do you get round the fact that when side panels are fitted the door can't stay completely open? Have any Funsters come across this before & if so what's the solution.
    I did think that fitting a door stay catch that kept the door at a right angle to the MOHO is one solution, but hopefully someone has a better idea.
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    Mike
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    Cal54 Funster Life Member

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    Unless you can manage with the door only open 90 degrees I can't think there is a solution. I have a similar problem with my PVC, i.e. The sliding door when shut comes parallel with the wind out. I was unable to use a lightweight awning so sold it. Now I just use a windbreak or freestanding gazebo when necessary.
     
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    Oppps What a shame they didn`t fit the Awning further along to save fouling the door, you should be able to slide it further along on it`s fixings.

    The lillypad side panels don`t fit to the side of the M/H so you will be able to have the door fully open by pulling the awning aside then moving back into position when the door is fully open.
     
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    Mind's similar, only got about 8inch overhang but I manage using the door just over half open. What I have done is use Velcro on the ends of the side walls and on the van to hold the two together. Yes, if the wind is blowing hard and pushing the netting in under the awning it can be a bit of a problem however you can lessen the effect by moving the bottom of the side panal "out". We find them really useful, regardless of these minor problems...:happy:
     
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    No Windbreaker is going to be fully weather proof, but they are a great asset. We've used them for years and really rate them. The end of ours is just above the sliding door, but if you pull the bottom outwards with the peg, you have some cover, and, well live with it, the benefits outway the negatives for us.
     
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    Coachbuilt MH habitation doors nearly always open that way, regardless of whether they are LHD or RHD. Its a shame that a longer awning wasn't fitted originally, or that the one that is fitted is further back than appears to be necessary. You could try loosening the screws holding the awning into the brackets on the side of the van and sliding it forward a bit but not too much as they have, I believe, specific areas where the brackets are supposed to be placed although there is some adjustment.

    Failing that do as has been suggested and open the door fully then re-peg the windblocker tight against the van afterwards, or only use the door partly open.
     
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    I would see if you could move it as the other end looks like it is over the window and locker.
    Lee
     
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    Thanks to all who have replied, I am now thinking that I will investigate if I can fit an additional bracket just passed the door and move the awning over, if not then the re peging will be the fallback solution. Just got to search the internet for a Omnistor bracket.
     
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    If it has been fitted correctly you don't need to remove the awning. Check where the front mounting bracket is and if it is further from the front end of the awning than the amount by which you need to move the awning. If it is you can remove the self-tapping screw(s) from the bottom of the bracket(s) then tilt the awning box & slide it rearwards (needs two people to ease it along). You can then mark a position for another rear bracket, slide the awning forwards, fit new bracket, slide it back into its final position & refit self-tappers.
     
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    Our weather panels are pegged in on elastic bungee cord. So you could unattach one from a peg fold the door back then reattach to the peg.
     
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    Buy a wider awning :)
     
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