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Message posted by lumpy06 on 17/2/2009 at 8:26pm
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having now brought a full awning for our small van we now have to try it on for the first time. Has any one got any tips for the first time, I know about colour coding the poles, do you start in the middle or with both ends first . All tips much app

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Message posted by sweetpeaheidi on 17/2/2009 at 8:35pm
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We always put center pole first then the ends,put in all the panels,peg down,fully tension poles. The point at which it falls over,I swear at the wife and say I am never putting it up again,the wind gets in it seem to vary in sequence every time.

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Hi

I came across this video on the Towsure site HERE the quality is a bit poor, but the principle is the same for most awnings.

Its the way we put ours up.

HTH

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I always lay the poles on the floor near where we'll need them, ie left side ones at the left end, centre roof & upright in the middle and so on, it takes about a minute to do and saves so much hassle trying to sort them out when your inside and balancing the awning on your head!

I also sit on the floor at the start of the awning rail and  make sure its all straight to thread through & OH does the threading. It takes us about 40 minutes from unpacking it to knocking the last peg in.


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When we first got our awning, we colour coded the poles at home. Also found this for you.



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Hi Lumpy

The best idea is to have a few beers and give the wifw a bottle of wie first, then you chill oot first and avoid the usuall arguments of !! well everyone else will know what i mean.

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Hi Lumpy........1) spread your groundsheet/eco-mat in position in front of the van     2) slide your draught skirt and wheel cover into it's rail and stick a couple of pegs in (helps to break the wind)      3) Lay out your poles in rough position of where they go on your groundsheet (you should have a diagram with the awning - if not get or ask for one) keeping them a couple of feet from the van to allow the awning to drag past them as you feed it through the awning rail. TIP - if it's a large awning,remove the front and side panels before erection - or on a windy day, you might find yourself on the roof or, up a nearby tree.    4) clip the fix-on brackets onto the awning channel if it uses them.      5) hang the roof bars onto the fix-ons with the locking screws slackened     6)Slide the left & right front  roof poles into the centre pole T piece, slip the locating spike through the roof eyelet and get the wife to hold it tensioned and at a slight angle while you insert the centre roof pole between the caravan and the  centre pole and extend it, then extend the centre poleand stick a peg in telling her to hold on like hell as this is the point that sometimes leads to the breakdown in marriages.     7) Insert one of the corner poles into eyelet, and extend front pole into it's socket and the end roof pole into it's socket and repeat with the other corner pole making sure you stick a peg in the corner poles as you go for support. zip in the side and front panels and square every thing up.....tension all your poles and peg out, dissregarding all the giggles of your neighbours and give the wife a big kiss for playing statues with the centre pole.

There is another way to do it..............throw the awning bags on the ground........shout HELP......and watch all the neighbours wade in and do it for you, but this might cost you a few beers......Good luck.



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Esther1 - do you have a UKCS pennant - we are going to Pillaton Hall for Easter just wanted to say hi - if you didn't mind?

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This months' Practical caravan has an awning expert explaining how to put up an awning in written instructions and a series of pictures  I didn't realise how technical it was to put up an awning!

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Every one seems to do it different, once it is up sit back with a drink and watch others do it........ you can see who argues and who does not just by the strained looks at each other through gritted teeth. Love it, works every time, such a good pass time!!!! he he he

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Quote: Originally posted by Alison Collier on 18/2/2009


Esther1 - do you have a UKCS pennant - we are going to Pillaton Hall for Easter just wanted to say hi - if you didn't mind?

We've got a sticker in the car window, we're on pitch 12 which is the far side of the big pool, Hubbys car is a burgundy Renault Laguna but we're probably easier to spot with the 2 gsd's and jack Russel!

Which pitch are you on? Will be nice to meet you, there's another member from here there too for Easter, the above poster "canvasquivers", and theres a big UKCS meet there in September.


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Some chairs and drinks for spectators would be welcome.

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Saw the instructions for putting up an awning in this months mag, wish I had had it first time itried, spent 20 mins messing tryingto put it up, then neighbours came over said they couldn't watch much longer and had to help, took them about 15 mins to get it into position, now i can almost do it without help. I thought the instructions were good though sop may try it that way next time, got to be better than my attempts usually anyway, at least it will look as if i know what i am doing, OH won't think that though.

 

 

 

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its getting it in the awning rail that gets my back up every time! everything else is a doddle!

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Hi,

Mrs UM once described our awning as "an argument in a bag"!

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Putting up an awning? Some donts, for you.

Erect when windy.

On your own.

Put up the poles tight to start with.

"DO the curtains",they WILL be done again.

1 DO for you all ENJOY YOURSELFS.

 



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