Wind Blocker Awning Enhancement.

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  1. G1YDQ

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    Hello All,

    We are just back from the Bristol ballon fiesta. This was our first "funster" meet, we were a little apprehensive, but all was fine, and we met some lovely people.

    One of the people we met was "silkcut1105" Stuart, who helped us out with the fridge settings for gas on our 1997 Sundance 500. This was our first time without a "hookup" and yes, we did mess up.

    In general convesation, Stuart mentioned our newly aquired "Wind Blocker" awning suround, and suggested that rather than peg the bottom of the "WB" with tent pegs we might try using lenghths of bamboo canes through the loops on the bottom of the "WB"

    So, fresh back from the rally l was thinking of what Stuart had said. l had some electical plastic conduit in the garage that l thought might do the job, to this end l cut the three lenghths to size, one for the front and one for either side. l then cut each one in half and inserted a short length of metal tubing into one half of each. l glued this in place with epoxy resin, the reason for cutting each side in half was for ease of transportation. l then drilled holes in each piece for the tent pegs.

    l have uploaded a photo of the sections so as you can see what is what. l hope this might help.

    Regards,

    John
     

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  2. berni109

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    Excellent, bit of lateral thinking and a ureaka a fine solution.
     
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    We use long bungee straps (an idea of another Funster several years ago) which do the same job and pack up mere easily than canes or the like.
     
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    Another job when we get back home....................... Bugger!
     
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    we use adjustable clothes props through the elastic loops have done for a couple of years now ,
    They can also be used as clothes props .....

    we also had a piece of waterproof material sewn onto the top of the end blockers and thread the spring tentioned poles through it , this keeps the wind out even better .
     
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  6. Dorwyn

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    Where are the photos?
     
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    Bungee cords for us-when we can be bothered to use the windblockers-I'm afraid ours have joined the ranks of the 'Drive Away Awning' :D
     
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    We've got windblockers and like them but I'm confused...What's the benefit of the bamboo, poles, bungies? Aren't pegs quicker to put in and easier to store. Is it to hold the bottom of the mesh sides taught when it's really windy?
     
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  9. John Laidler

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    I was wondering that. I guess if you have very good ground you need only a couple of pegs to hold the bamboo pole. But the downsize is you need to carry bamboo poles around. We'll stick to a bag of pegs. :)
     
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    Have been told that the loops that you peg through on the bottom of the nets tend to break off easily so better to thread through a piece of bungee cord & peg that down.
     
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    Ours came with separate bungie cords that hoop through the loop. Did you get these as well? I used ours once on holiday, but no breeze but was hoping it would shade me a bit. I think i will attach some material to it when it is sunny to get a bit more shade :)
     
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    Ours didn't come with bungy cord but might give that a go this weekend out of interest. Though haven't had a problem with just using pegs so far. We bought ours from Malvern show last year and got the one with shower proof liners which would also keep out the sun.... Haven't needed to roll the liners down yet though & can't see what's going on when liners down :D:D
     
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    We have used bungy's for quite a while now, if a wind comes with just the pegs they strain on the loops but with the Bungy threaded through the loops and a couple of pegs securing the Bungy no pulling and straining on the loops a altogher more solid job.
     
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    Dorwyn, at the bottom of the post.
    John. :)
     
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    If it is windy, I just go and sit inside...

    JJ :cool:
     
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    The advantage of bungies is that you can peg down both ends and the front with just 4 pegs in total.
     
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    Oh well, you do yer best, and l should know that other's always know better. l was doing me best to pass on information that l found helpful. lt was to me, and l thought l'd pass it on. To those that might find it helpful, great, to those that don't, well, l'm just trying to help.
    John.
     
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    @G1YDQ Thank you for posting your idea John - that's what the forum is all about, trying to help & share info. & ideas with each other. You will see from the other threads that Funsters all have different ideas & don't agree all of the time - sometimes that is what makes it interesting! Even if no-one comes forward & replies with something positive (some only read the comments & never post anything) about our ideas you can be sure many more will read it & hopefully some will find it useful although we will never know - so far this thread has had 555 views but only 17 comments.
     
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    @G1YDQ I thought it was helpful too which is why I was watching the thread to see if it was worth doing the enhancement. I'm going to try the bungy idea though as not much space for extra poles & I wouldn't have known about that without your post so thanks (y)
     
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