Message posted by Mucker1884 on 12/1/2018 at 6:45pm
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Karsten 350+Awnings &2x Kampa Classics
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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 21/1/2018 at 10:05am
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Karsten 300 FFW CA EA RA
Rossendale Valley UK
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Quote: Originally posted by Mucker1884 on 11/1/2018
I was fast falling in love with the Pod + CA set up (for weekends), but outside of summer, that massively long CA takes some drying in the house... especially with a wet pod aswell, of course. Not a problem in the summer... wait a few days for it to stop raining, then lay it out in the garden! At this time of year, or even spring and autumn, the days can remain damp even without rain. OK, RA + 2 x side walls is the same amount of canvas, but so much easier to deal with in 3 separate parts. Also, the Side-wall set up offers a deeper area than the CA, and therefore a little more shelter from wind/rain, so great for those of us that prefer to sit outside, even with fleeces and coats on!!
Slight bug-bear with that small gap (a good inch or so?) where RA meets Side wall meets pod... but any rain drips onto the front wings then trickles down to the ground. It's impossible to drip on your head/chairs/furniture due to the curve of the pod front, so a very minor bug-bear! (Obviously that's when attached to pod. It will let a little rain in when attached to CA/EA).
It goes without saying the fully zipped Combi sits better, seals better, and looks better, but I'm not half as bothered now I have them!
I had plenty of spare poles from G.O... black & steel they were, and actually more adjustable than the Karsten poles... but I failed the test (!), and it didn't take long for me to purchase 4 more poles from James (to go with the 2 I already had with the RA) and lob the G.O. Poles in the shed... all 7 of 'em!
When I first put my side walls on, there was already (only) a slight shade difference, due to the well-used RA being 2 years old then, but either they now match, or I just don't notice!
Depending on how you store them (the side walls) it can be difficult to know whether you have the right or left one in your hand until it's almost opened out. (One side has the zip puller on the actual RA, the other side has the puller on the side wall panel) Not a problem if you are putting both on of course, but if planning on only wanting one on (shelter from a side wind?) it may be worth marking them or putting in separate/different bags? Just something to think about... or have a different coloured panel for each side!!
All in all, I would seriously be astonished if anybody has read this thread, bought them, then ultimately found them to be a negative in any way. It's clear they are not perfect. It's obvious they are not as pretty as "The real thing". But € for €, they are an absolutely fantastic addition to any Karsten Pod Set-Up, doing exactly what it says on the tin, so to speak.
I'll certainly get more use out of my side walls than I will my CA, EA, or FFW!
Sorry missed your reply.
Before we decided on the two side walls option we were really happy that your comments on the setup gave a good review on the pros and cons of it and took into consideration about that gap. It's not ideal but we felt we could get over that with the many pro points. We to like to sit out in the cold...sometimes and although we do like to use that front wall as a wind stopper we liked the idea that we would not need that CA, as you say, on "out of season" camping. For us also on a site we visit regularly it may work better for us.
We were set on buying a used Sunport awning off Maarktplaats but some advice by James at CTS settle on the two sides.
Those Karsten poles are very good indeed (I even really like the colour of them) and we may well end up with more but the extending Robens version are going to get a run first.
Helpful info on which sides are used where. Did not think of that as I envisaged using both sides but clearly there will be times only one would be the answer. One thing I can say....if I wanted the right hand side only and there were no differential markings on them 9 times out of 10 I would always get the right side out.
Regarding the cost of the Combi I did not really factor that in during the process (not sure of it's cost) as whilst I liked the look of the Combi it just felt, for us at least, not what we needed despite it's loveliness. As you know yourself the two sides are by no means a "cheap" option in themselves but just to have the option of being able to have the RA altered and two sides colour matched is where the cost is forgotten.
We do retain the right that we may change our mind at some point though as when we called in at one of the shows of CTS it's clear the Combi is a showstopping add on to the tent.
2017 : 9 Camps 52 nights
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