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Message posted by Sleeper17 on 11/1/2018 at 9:27pm
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Quote: Originally posted by quilly101 on 11/1/2018
Quote: Originally posted by Sleeper17 on 11/1/2018
I could see why it could be the poor mans combi but due to it's ability to go direct to tent, unlike the combi awning, I am thinking it more of "Practical Wo(mens) Awning"




Have to disagree about the combi not going direct to pod......
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Ah ah.
Quilly

Am I right in thinking that you have attached the top section only? I am presuming that the sides don't zip direct on or have I got this wrong?

I was going off the fact that I thought it needed a straight edge, so to speak, of the CA or EA?

Looks lovely though it can't be denied.


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Message posted by purplebean on 11/1/2018 at 10:20pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Mucker1884 on 11/1/2018
Colour coded caps for the valves... they're a must!


...Or is that just me!





Pretty sure that is just you Mucker



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Message posted by quilly101 on 12/1/2018 at 8:54am
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Quote: Originally posted by Sleeper17 on 11/1/2018
Am I right in thinking that you have attached the top section only? I am presuming that the sides don't zip direct on or have I got this wrong?




In that picture I have the combi centre connected to the rain awning connector, and one of the combi sides connected also (raised up on poles). This allowed me to keep the front area more open and my camping fridge in the shade as the weather was nice that weekend. If I need side cover for a weekend I use the comfort awning with whatever combi parts I need for wind protection. I haven't used my rain awning since I bought the combi, as the centre part of the combi covers a larger area than the RA.
Hope that makes sense!

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Quote: Originally posted by purplebean on 11/1/2018
Quote: Originally posted by Mucker1884 on 11/1/2018
Colour coded caps for the valves... they're a must!


...Or is that just me!





Pretty sure that is just you Mucker





I told hubby about the coloured valve covers he looked far too interested



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Another question about awnings and guys.

Just been looking at the photos I have on my computer, mostly from James' shows.

I have one where there is CA, EA, FW and RA as far as I can see the only guys are on the RA. Does this sound right or is it better to put a couple on the CA or EA as well.

Do you have your awning guys on carabiners as well?

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Personally I guy out the RA then zip on the FW & RA and guy out the RA also. I wouldn't be too confident having the CA & FW guyed off the RA as currently my guys are only looped over the pole spikes. If anyone has a better method I would much appreciate any advice.

p.s. I also have colour coded valve caps (hangs head in shame).

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Hi Purple

I would recommend guys on the CA and RA rather than just the RA.
At the last Karsten camp something ate right through a guy line in the night. Luckily the critter picked the guy doing more of less nothing, the one on the SE top. If they had munched a RA guy and you didn't have anything on the CA it could be trouble

We have carabiners on everything including the CA and R.
I just put the RA carabiner over the top of the pole spike instead of just looping over the guy on its own. This is useful when you double guy the RA as you can just drop another loop into the carabiner.

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I've had Pod, CA and RA, with just the two guys at the very back (of the pod), and two on the RA. And I'd be happy to do it again, for a similar peroid (weekend) and similar conditions (calm).

When set up fully (ie the above plus the EA) I think I've had guys on all 3 awnings, plus front and back corners of the pod, but that's because we are there for the fortnight, so no need to be too complacent!

I'd imagine FW would also strengthen the awnings, as I presume it helps pull them all forward? Obviously I stand to be corrected, as I only have the Flat FW.

None of the above is taking into consideration any acts of wilful vandalism or any other jealousy related stratagem from vermin, be they non-human or otherwise!!

A calm weekend... no guys on the CA...




A fortnights holiday, full set up (Top guys to pod corners plus all 3 awnings)...




Storm Mode (70kph/43mph gusts, apparently)...



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Message posted by Sleeper17 on 13/1/2018 at 4:37pm
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Quote: Originally posted by quilly101 on 12/1/2018
Quote: Originally posted by Sleeper17 on 11/1/2018
Am I right in thinking that you have attached the top section only? I am presuming that the sides don't zip direct on or have I got this wrong?




In that picture I have the combi centre connected to the rain awning connector, and one of the combi sides connected also (raised up on poles). This allowed me to keep the front area more open and my camping fridge in the shade as the weather was nice that weekend. If I need side cover for a weekend I use the comfort awning with whatever combi parts I need for wind protection. I haven't used my rain awning since I bought the combi, as the centre part of the combi covers a larger area than the RA.
Hope that makes sense!



Most certainly makes sense.

Just shows how flexible this system can be. I can see how the purchase of the RA would not be required with this and it may be a good point to remember should people be looking at this item as this would reduce the total cost.

The Combi Awning is more finished, stately even.






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Message posted by purplebean on 14/1/2018 at 10:57pm
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Hubby told me that with the new tent we need a practice pack of the car. I told him if we were going to do that it would be rude not to drive up the road and use the tent at a local campsite for the night

He agreed

Watching the weather now every time we have a free weekend

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