Testing Awning

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  1. Milliemobile

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    I got dealer to throw in a drive away awning with our new van. A Vango, kela ll tall.
    We have never had, used tried putting up/on an awning before.
    I have booked 4 nights at Seacroft CC site at beginning of July so we can test the awning.
    Now the question is how easy, hard, impossible are these things to put up, bearing in mind will be on a CC site :)
    Do we try it out at home in garden without Mh or go for it on site :D

    Lin
     
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    I would go for the garden routine. There's nothing like a 'staff training day' before you go live. You can iron out any snags and look like the consummate professionals when you get on site!
     
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    Yes garden looking likely, unpacked the thing earlier Nige adamant no instructions, frantic search, no instructions. Then we realised they are sewn onto the actual awning. Assume so you can't loose them, which probably means you need them a lot :)
     
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    go on, give 'em tuggers a laugh :ROFLMAO:
     
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    I second that:whistle: Stan
     
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    After an hour of watching I normally call out "contestants, you have five minutes remaining". :LOL:
     
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    If it takes more than 20mins will be sacking it off and going to the pub :D
     
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    Pub it is then...:drink:
     
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    If you do it in less.than 20 mins you are amazing.
     
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    image.jpg CLAIMED put up time about 15 mins
    First time I tried it took nearly an hour! Mind you gave the tuggers opposite some entertainment.
    Bought it on tour, so no option to garden erect first.
     
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    Should have said. Ensure you take out ALL strengthening bars out of sleeves BEFORE trying to pack away, more amusement for tuggers!
     
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    You can't beat a garden erection ;)
     
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    Cheers, how long does it take you now?
    Do you get much use out of it?
    First one we have had and was free, thinking it might be useful when we go away to Spain over winter.
    Will practice in garden before we test in July, I'm sure with Nige in charge it will be rehearsed with military precision until perfected. :D:D:D

    Lin:)
     
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    :smiley: There is usually a clip on youtube showing how to erect awnings done by the manufacturers and they make it look very easy. We did the garden erection bit first with our new drive away (not a Vango) and it was pretty much like the video showed except for the wind factor :smiley: which did mean our awning took on the qualities of a very big kite for a while ::bigsmile: However, on the rare occasions we now use it we do look fairly competent and often disappoint those who settle in to watch the ensuing arguments and offer the well worn advice "hope you've got a good divorce solicitor" ::bigsmile: Recently we helped a young couple who were having problems erecting their Vango when we realised it was inside out ::bigsmile: We all had a chuckle over that and they realised putting it away properly is key to sucessful future erections ::bigsmile:
     
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    Not nice either when it gets caught in a zip! ;)

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    Lin:)[/QUOTE]
    how long does it take you now?
    Do you get much use out of it?
    First one we have had and was free, thinking it might be useful when we go away to Spain over winter.
    Will practice in garden before we test in July, I'm sure with Nige in charge it will be rehearsed with military precision until perfected. :D:D:D

    Lin:)[/QUOTE]
    I eventually got it down to 40 minutes, but due to illness in early 2014 haven't been able to get out in MH for over a year. Hope to try again in July, like you.
    If I'm fit enough I will practice in garden first.
     
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    Erecting the awning is only the first of your problems! Wait until you try to drive the pegs into what you think is just gravel hardstanding - thats when things get really heated amid bent pegs and broken mallets.
     
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    how long does it take you now?
    Do you get much use out of it?
    First one we have had and was free, thinking it might be useful when we go away to Spain over winter.
    Will practice in garden before we test in July, I'm sure with Nige in charge it will be rehearsed with military precision until perfected. :D:D:D

    Lin:)[/QUOTE]
    I eventually got it down to 40 minutes, but due to illness in early 2014 haven't been able to get out in MH for over a year. Hope to try again in July, like you.
    If I'm fit enough I will practice in garden first.[/QUOTE]
    Oh, hopefully you will be well enough now to continue, good luck with the garden prep :)

    Lin
     
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    Have to concur, watching people arrive and attempt to erect tent/awning, then get into an argument, things being thrown around etc. is my favourite pastime whilst on holiday. Usually happens at least once per day, the wife and I will grab a G&T and sit outside and take in the entertainment, much better then TV :D
     
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    We've got one of these that we use when staying somewhere for a week or so. Got it down to about 20 minutes on a good day, depending how hard the ground is. A good set of heavy duty pegs is well worth having.

    We actually do use it as a drive-away thing - it's useful sometimes to be able to leave stuff like tables and chairs etc in the awning rather than lug them around all the time, and it's pretty easy to drive back and hook up again, as long as you are careful about ending up in more or less the same place.

    Very nice to have the extra space when you're settled for a few days. We've had ours up during pretty high winds and it's been fine - I'm sure the air frame is the reason - it gives in the wind rather than resisting.
     
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