Severe Weather Warning!

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  1. 3319jane

    3319jane Funster

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    Hi there

    We are new motorhomers booked on our third ever trip to Somerset this weekend, with our brand new, never used awning, which my sister will be sleeping in.

    Forecast for Saturday is severe gales and torrential rain - eek!

    Has anyone used an inflatable awning in this sort of weather? Any advice, other than cancelling and staying at home!

    Cheers,
    Jane
     
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  2. Gorse Hill

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    Make sure you have a set of storm straps and position the van so the prevailing wind hits the van first offering some protection for the awning
    We are down here at the mo and they have been known to get it wrong weather nr bude is lovely for now anyway
     
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    Park it so the awning is downwind of the MH if you can, but away from trees because of the danger of falling branches etc. But given the forecast it's not a great weekend to be away.
     
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  4. The Wino

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    Check if you can use it as an inflatable boat if required!!
     
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    Well I would not put an awning up with that forecast. Nothing to stop you sheltering in your MH though.

    Even if the awning survives you'll not sleep a wink waiting for it to escape. Trust me, we've been there more than once.
     
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    Agree. . If a storm is forecast why risk it
     
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    Either leave your sister at home, or all cuddle up together in the van, I wouldn't leave any sort of awning outside all night when you don't know what might come.
     
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    as said above its its windy then little chance of sleep. If it get real rough then its best not to put it up. But still use the van, its nice inside when its rough outside.:)
     
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    Get yourself a small two man tent. Erect it outside the van and peg it down. She will be as happy and as dry as a bug in a rug. You can pick them up for peanuts and they pack up very small..(y)
     
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    I live near coast in somerset if it blows it blows dont take chance
     
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    Agreed, a small pop-up will cost less than twenty quid.
    We never leave our awning out in a storm, seen too many incidents and had a few near misses ourselves...
     
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    the inflatable awning will probably survive quite happily, we have one and it can sometimes partially collapse but then immediately re-erect itself, no harm done to it, but not sure I would be happy to be sleeping in it
     
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    Severe weather warning in August. Bloody typical.
    I've just worked through a week of glorious sunshine with a weekend in North Wales booked to look forward to !
    Now it looks like we're going to be either blown or washed into the river Mawddach.
    Grrrrrrr British weather !
     
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    I don't recall these sort of storms pre Brexit.

    Is it a sign?
     
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    Of course it's the result of Brexit innet? The BBC 'as got pissed off with the Meteorological Office because they forecasted sun and light after Brexit, FOR EVERYONE THAT VOTED TO STAY!!!:cheers:
    So!:boxing:

    They gave the contract to bloody Johnny Furriner in Dutchland, an' ee's gonna make us pay innet!:doh:

    Do try to keep up Christopher!:hi5:More effort dear boy! more effort needed!
     
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    I hate being called Christopher.

    My Mum used to use my full name when she was cross with me, now my wife does it.

    Why not just Chris all the time?:(
     
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  17. phase3begins

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    Be the perfect hosts and let your sister have the van and you in the awning.
    I wouldn't but that is beside the point....
     
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    Pegged out properly with storm straps I agree... they are designed for rough weather .. unlike roll out awnings which are fair weather only..

    I'm hoping for some rough weather to test mine this w/e .. we are in south Wales so may cop it..... I have every confidence it will be fine..

    will post findings ..
     
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  19. Sas r us

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    Where's your sense of adventure....! If its Somerset you'll probably be in a valley and Cornwall will take the sting out to it by the time it gets to you, just make sure you are well pegged down and you'll be fine...:coolest:




    :pray:
     
  20. Lot lover

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    If you have any spare rain pls send it to me. We returned home from Spain about a month ago and have had very little precipitation since then. Don't worry about sending any wind, I have my own.

    Enjoy yourselves and if necessary use the awning as an ark.
     
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