SheltaPod New Awning For Campervans & PVC

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  1. Wombles

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    Came across this innovative new awning & thought that might be of interest to Funsters who have campervans & possibly PVC owners? Julie Ritson designed this awning as she couldn't find one that suited her needs & after developing prototypes she will hopefully be bringing it to market soon using Kickstarter:
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    Hmm, brave attempt, horrendous colour, footprint too big I think.

    But on the positive side there is indeed a need for a compact awning for PVCs and when someone makes one we might buy one.

    For us it needs to be no bigger than a table and a couple of chairs and sit close to the vehicle.

    Edit: it is possibly smaller than it looks as the vehicle it is attached to in the pictures is quite small.
     
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    I can't decide if it will be a good thing or not - I suspect the price will 'kill' it though as IMV it's a bit over complicated/designed. To use it as a sunshade means unpegging the front edge and then lifting it up, then reversing this to close it up again. Internally there isn't actually that much usable space.

    I can understand the overall design, like a pram hood, but in use it would be much better to be a square shape with a large flap that unzipped. There are actually quite a lot of smaller awnings on the market so the choice is out there, eg:

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    It's designed so as not to obscure the view out of the campervan & all the online discussions I read thought this was a great U.S.P. The (perhaps younger :imoutahere:) campervan owners mostly loved the colour & suggested other bright variations so I was probably showing my age suggesting grey :) Us not having been able to find a suitable small, quick easy porch (without poles against the walls) at motorhome height led to us helping to develop the Sunncamp Swift 220 Motor so it looks to us that this may fill a similar gap in the campervan awning market.
    Like the fact that Julie made the first versions herself on her sewing machine without the support of a major manufacturer & with all the interest will hopefully get this produced. The awning market (especially for motorhomes) could certainly do with some new ideas as apart from (expensive) air awnings there seems little interest in improvement & it's still too caravan focussed.
     
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    Not a fan of its looks and I can't see it coping with much wind but good luck to its developer.

    We made the mistake once of buying a suncamp porch awning. Luckily it was cheap but what a waste of money. Made of rubbish material and no quicker to put up than our old drive away. We used it once and on that occasion it developed two small splits in the material. Threw it away and reminded ourselves to buy quality not save pennies next time
     
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    I like it!
    I wish them luck with it(y)
     
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    Surprised to hear about problems with a Sunncamp awning @sdc77 - we had many over the years when we we had caravans & they always performed well with no rips or tears. Agree that heavier duty fabric like Tencate is more durable than any lightweight awning material as it is designed for all year round use on seasonal pitches but bulky, heavy & expensive.
     
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