Wind Blocker or Privacy Room

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  1. John Rowe

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    That is the question! Which one should I opt for?
     
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    Wind blockers are lighter
    privacy rooms are a lot heavier ..and not really suited if you're moving around a lot
     
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    When we bought our first m/h we thought we needed a privacy room so purchased one ..... soon realised it was too heavy, bulky and restricted moving the van so it never got used and soon sold it at a loss.

    We now have wind blockers,which although seldom used, are at least light weight and compact.

    Unless you intend staying on site for long periods and need the extra space I would definitely recommend wind blockers.
     
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    As above but also think which one is easier to sort out if it's wet.:)
     
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    Wind blockers every time. Light, quick to put up, take up no space when stored so always with me. I did buy an awning, used it twice in 2 years, spent the rest of the time in the garage.
     
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    We bought some wind blockers anticipating strong sun in France this June, what fools we were:D
    Anyway, one afternoon my wife suggested trying to put up one of the sides, I moaned and groaned saying it would take ages and we would have an argument etc.
    Blow me, it was up in 10 minutes including the unpacking, no arguing and it was really effective.
     
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    We've looked at both and went for a quality 5m wind break mainly because we don't stay at one place very long.
    Wet silver screens are bad enough to pack away a wet privacy room no thanks.
     
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    Wind blockers also cut down the rain, you can sit within a meter or so and not get wet (unless really heavy), it's quite pleasant, surprisingly relaxing listening to the rain but remaining (mostly) dry. It also means that you are not totally restricted to the van. And I certainly agree that they dry quick, which means you can take them down just before you leave. They are a little too expensive and could easily be made at home for much less, however.
    We use a Fiamma end-blocker, as our van is small.
    We have made our own Safari room using a discarded awning, and suspended the sides in the same way using expanding washing line props. Much cheaper.
     
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  9. John Rowe

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    I take it most people favour lillypads?
     
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    I'm sure there's little difference but we got ours from Parrotsol.
     
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    We bought wind blockers some 5 years ago. Still as good as new. Brilliant for cutting down the wind but can also be used to provide additional partial shade. Quick to dry, fast to pack up and minimal storage space required. No brainer really.
     
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    We've got both a safari room and windblockers. We no longer take the safari room finding it heavy and cumbersome compared to the windblockers. However there are areas in which it is better. Some call them privacy rooms and for good reason as the sides are solid and therefore in my opinion more secure from prying eyes. The one we have is a Fiamma Zip and it is far more robust especially in strong winds, there is non of the flapping by the awning which you get with windblockers. It is easier to effectively seal a safari room, therefore less draughts. In winter it is much warmer than a windblocker. So why don't we take it? Convenience. If we are going to a sight in winter for any length of time then we will be taking the safari room, otherwise it's the windblockers.
     
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    Another vote for the wind blockers, we have the Lilypad ones, absolutely brilliant, very light, dry quickly and are easy to put up.
     
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    We have both the Lillypad wind blocker with inner membrane and Thule safari room sides.
    The Lillypad is fine in still or a light breeze, any more and it`s a waste of time.
    The Safari room sides are excellent in any weather, we don`t have a front section just the sides and there is hardly any difference in time to put up, yes the safari sides are more bulky as you also have the aluminium poles and roof rails, but they can be used in stormy conditions.
    The biggest set back is you require a set of step ladders to put the Safari side up.
     
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    Like others, we thought we needed a safari room.
    The best advice we were given, and that saved us a lot of wasted money...
    Next time you're on a camp site, have a look at how many motorhomes have a safari room. The answer probably be zero (or close to). Lots get bought, but few get used. ;)
     
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    What about on a sunny site?
     
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    Typo corrected (y)
     
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    We have the fiamma side panels, a small porch awning and a quality Jormax solid windbreak. We can pick and choose what to use depending on conditions or length of stay.
     
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    We have both use blockers all the time. I have light sensitivity so direct sun is no good. Blockers work great. Privacy room we both like but wr are never in one place lo enough. So blockers win for us.
     
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    this is what you call a heavy one AWNING VIEW.jpg
     
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