Windblockers/Awnings

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  1. irnbru

    irnbru Funster Life Member

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    I have been instructed to buy some sort of shelter for next season. At the moment we have the Thule privacy room. Its too heavy for us to put up and takes too long, besides for me I think its bloody pointless since we rarely stop more than a few days somewhere and most of the time we wild camp so it will mainly get used at rallies.
    Mum quite liked the look of the Kampa rally but for me its like going back to camping erecting poles. As far as I believe the air rally takes up too much room so its been suggested maybe the Lillypad windblockers might be our solution.
    Looking forward, mums a fit 75yr old but time moves on so what do you lot suggest?
     
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    We bought Lillypad windblockers this year and I "modded them a little and now have put privacy room in storage locker. Easy and quick to put up and they really do block of the wind, but allow a greater amount of light in. Worth the money I think.
     
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    We bought a set from one of the shows last year. Fantastic, and as DQ says, with a little bit of your own modification to suit yourself.........Can highly recommend. :xThumb::xThumb::xThumb::xThumb:
    EDIT. We went for the set without the added inner rain covers, they seemed quiet heavy. And anyway, nothing wet seems to get in, the nets stop the rain to a greater extent, and dry off in no time.
     
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    These I think sound perfect. Means mum can sit and nosey out. :)

    So how much rain proof and windproof are they really? Would they rip it too windy?
     
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    @Tootles states not worth the extra inner rain covers, as when it rains the nets stop most of the rain coming in unless it's driving rain. They are strong enough for a bit of abuse and as far as wind strength, we wind our awning in when it gets windy!
     
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    Good stuff. Quick, simple and take up little space. Does what it says on the lid. Had ours for many years now and still in good nick. Highly recommended. :xThumb:
     
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    Not sure, IB. The rain tends to run down the nets, (they do get wet), but it dosent seem to blow in. Not sure about the wind thing, but I did notice plenty of peeps leaving them up in the strong wind at Malvern, and they didn't rip.With anything like that, caution is needed. Rule of thumb might be, if it's too windy to wind out the awning, then leave everything well tucked in. The great advantage is that you can just put one net up if you like, to block the breeze from that direction.
     
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    As it attaches to poles under the awning it would not be advisable to have the awning out in really strong winds anyway. We have used them in reasonably strong winds and they have bellowed but not torn. The key thing is to ensure the poles are held firmly so that they don't move with the force of the bulging netting ( bit like a sail!!).
     
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    Others have beaten me to it but as to how much wind they cope with was answered on a bad weekend in Yarmouth in November when the canopy nearly took off and bent our tension rafter in the process. If it's too windy for the canopy the noise and flapping from the wind breakers will suggest it's time to take it all in.
     
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    Good point about not having the awning out in the wind. Don't think the rain running down sides would bother mum as she really only wants it to sit in and be able to leave shoes at the door oh and banish the dog to as well.
     
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    I modified the sides so that the pole can be folded with the nets still on, then the lot rolled up around the folded poll, and popped into a spare pole bag. That way, you don't need to re-thread the loops every time.
     
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    I just shorten the extending poles, roll each side one up on itself then along with the folded front section just stow them away. I also glued strips of Velcro to adjoining edges so that they can be sealed together when required. Works really well. Another tip is to use extending poles ( like the two top poles) to go through the loops at the bottom, that way ( providing the wind is not too strong) you only need a couple of pegs to hold each section down. Great stuff..:xThumb:
     
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    We got some at NEC and have used once so far, very good, we were debating between them and a Thule privacy room, and decided Thule too heavy and bulky for our pvc. We got them with the extra membrane to make them waterproof and a bit sturdier. As you can roll up the membranes to just leave nets on summer it seemed like a no brainer as not much extra. We also bought a couple of extra tie downs which slide into the front of the awning and have a heavy duty tie down strap which we could use over width of awning if needed. They fit very snug to the sides of van and can be overlapped where you choses your door, which is great for keeping our dogs contained. Though Boston did try to treat them like a fly screen and just walked right at them! We will probably need to put a barrier over entrance long term to stop her doing this. We had the magnetic fly screens at home in the summer, so it's understandable she was confused :)
    They pack away very small. When we bought ours at show another couple were just collecting there's after having an original net set altered to include the membranes, so they can be added later if not bought originally.
    We went for black which are quite dark to keep sunlight out with the dogs, buy they come in lighter shades too.

    Lin:)

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    Pic is with all membranes down which makes it impossible to see inside. With Just nets it's very light.
     
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    We couldn't get the black without having the plastic inner sheets, and so went for the blue. BE CAREFUL you don't lose the side poll springs, they can slide out and drop onto the grass when you separate the polls. I always make sure I remove/fit them first. We had a Fiammi Zip privacy room, but it was so heavy to put up, we sold it.
     
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    Oh goody, the loft treasure funds are being spent!:xThumb:

    Go for the cheaper and quicker option and get mum these -
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    One of the reason we got a 6 berth caravan and then motorhome for the two of us was so that we did have the bother of putting up awning \ etc but interested to hear what some of the gang are saying about them here.:xThumb:
     
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    I cant be bothered either @Gellyneck but I fear the constant ear bashing will continue if I don't at least make the effort to come up with a compromise.
     
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    I had a Fiamma clip system so adapted the wind blocker so that the sides slide into clip with piping sewn along top then you clip to wind out awning there is no gap along the sides at the top,in effect seamless joint between awning canopy and sides works really well.
     
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    WiFi, or is that Wify! hated the awnings in our tugger days. This IS the compromise!! Easy, quick and lightweight. Les can be drinking her well earned cupper after we arrive ( I do the driving, navigating, setting up, what else is there!!?) and then erect the wind blockers if required. No more nagging...got to be worth it!!xroll:
     
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    We have a couple (okay three) awnings, one of which came from our very first van and is too short for newer van so we are donating this to the village events committee - it's a drive away. We also have two Sunncamp awnings with the shock cord poles. The larger is a drive away, takes an inner tent and we can put it up in about five minutes but it takes two of us to do so. Putting away again about 5 mins but only needs one person. The other awning is a porch type affair and hasn't been out of it's box yet..... similar to the larger awning but should be a single person jobbie to put up as there is only one pole.

    People say to put the awning up and then attach to the van but we found it's much easier to attach to the van first :)
     
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