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Message posted by theKingCat on 03/11/2013 at 12:36pm
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Maybe a little over the top on the title, but it wasn't fun!

Arrived at our campsite with the trailer tent on Saturday afternoon, the weather was fairly sunny and we proceeded to put the trailer tent up on our HARD STANDING pitch (mistake number 1, never book hard standing ever again). The rock pegs we bought just pulled out of the ground in some cases, not good. We had pegged ALL the guy ropes too.

Then came the wind!
By 10PM I had repegged most of the tent, but 10:30, the awning had blown up and over the rest of the awning, poles in the air and lying everywhere and bent and broken, a huge gash in the front of the canvas.
We had to get our of bed, get dressed and pack the whole thing down in the dark, with stupidly fast winds, thankfully the rain had ceased.
I have been caravanning and camping many, many times and I have never known it to be this bad lol

Only our 3rd outing in the TT (Sunncamp 400SE), glad it wasn't our first outing as I think we would have been put off for life.

All in all a terrible weekend!! Just hope the insurance covers it all. (we had literally just purchased the insurance on Friday afternoon)

Wife and I are sat here at home now laughing about it, but it wasn't fun last night!

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Apologies for my first ever post on the forum being a moany one. I have been reading for many weeks, just never had cause to post before today.

And thankfully the campsite have offered us a credit for a weekend of our choice next year, which was nice of them.

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Moany? I thought you were very understated given the circumstance.
Glad to see you have not been terminally put off; as you say, a very rare experience thank God.

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Definitely very rare Alec.

Just hope carvanguard are understanding that our claim is genuine.

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Sounds awful...we've endured some pretty bad winds in the past, but never suffered any damage thankfully.

Hope your insurance covers it...we've just taken out new insurance on the caravan and they specified that the awning is not covered for storm damage, we're expected to take it down.


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well i am assuming (alway dangerous I know) that the awning and poles would be covered as they are sold as part of the standard Sunncamp 400 Holiday Se, not an add-on like with a tourer.

Thats what I am hoping anyway. We've only had the trailer tent 3 months or so, and can't really afford to pay for repairs ourselves.

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As far as I am aware the trailer tent is classed as one unit including the awning
If you had a side extension they would probably class that as an extra, the same would also apply to a sun canopy.

We once pitche at a site where the main fields were water logged, they offered us a hard standing pitch, witch we accepted, the rock pegs were not long enough to ge any real purchase, so we gathered large stones and put on the outer flaps.

Fortunately it was not windy but really rained, we need up with a foot wide river running through he kitchen sid of the unit for 12 hours. Never pitched on hard standing since, always use grass.

Hope everything works out ok.

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Thanks Tony,

Yeh I think we will stick to grass pitches where we can in the future.

Aside from european adventures that we have planned for next year, where I have heard most european sites are hard standing so might have to get some better pegs. Assuming we have the TT fixed/replaced by then.


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If the insurance say no to pay out I have a full set of 400se awning poles for sale just make me a sensible offer

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Cheers Russ Boy, I will let you know what they say.

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Quote: Originally posted by theKingCat on 03/11/2013
Thanks Tony,

Yeh I think we will stick to grass pitches where we can in the future.

Aside from european adventures that we have planned for next year, where I have heard most european sites are hard standing so might have to get some better pegs. Assuming we have the TT fixed/replaced by then.


Never been on a French site with hard standing, but down in the South, with all the heat, some of the pitches are pretty rock solid


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Quote: Originally posted by theKingCat on 03/11/2013
Thanks Tony,

Yeh I think we will stick to grass pitches where we can in the future.

Aside from european adventures that we have planned for next year, where I have heard most european sites are hard standing so might have to get some better pegs. Assuming we have the TT fixed/replaced by then.



Not sure where you are going in Europe but we spent 6 weeks in The Netherlands earlier this year with a trailer tent and had grass pitches on every site.



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Well the plan is to go to North eastern france (actually not sure, its Camping La Forge Sainte-Marie) for a few days before heading off to Italy for the Italian GP at Monza and then off to Rome for a week.


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Message posted by Tom C-S on 03/11/2013 at 9:49pm
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For your trip next year, I can't say much about the exact campground in France or Monza, but you might try Camping Tiber in Rome.. Just on the other side of the Tiber river and had direct train connection to the center of the city.

About the "hard" sites, you might try carpenters nails, say 12in.... I did that and they held and went into all types of ground, even with lots of stones.

I was in Wales when I met up with a force 10 storm. Ripped my guylines out as if they were nothing, so we crawled out of the tent, laid what was left flat then crawled into the car for a 6 hour rock and roll adventure. There were some 20 campers on the grounds and we got off as well as all the others, some getting it worse when the tent was blown over the cliff...we were at Lavernock Point... After the storm, they gave us our money back and we went on to the rest of our trip with B&Bs   

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That sounds horrendous Tom. I think the one thing we have learned from this trip is that for us Trailer Tenting is to be a summer to early Autumn activity.

Will definitely look at those nails. The pegs we got were these Blue Diamond Hard Groumd Pegs but they just didnt seem to get any purchase around most of the ground once the wind got up. May also invest in an awning strap/storm kit, the big strap type thing that goes over the awning to hold it down.

Not expecting the same strengths of wind during the summer on France or Italy (touch wood). And will have a look at that site near Rome, thanks.


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You could cross guy your TT
On the interior corners attach guys in the opposite direction it saved us when we were in Carfai Bay St Davids
Also we have used Delta pegs on our main guy points
I was over cautious as my parent lost a big frame tent over the cliff somewhere in St Davids in the late 70's

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