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Message posted by jsparkes201148 on 22/6/2012 at 5:08pm
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Just bought a Caravavstore , I have a Fiamma storm strap.Has anybody used extra padding to protect caravan from bag when travelling?Also will metal ends chaff bag when travelling.Any special precautions when putting it up.

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We have used Caravanstores for about 6 years now. Not had a problem with chaffing. When I got my new Caravanstore about 3 years ago it came with 3 large sticky pads that attached to the rear of the bag which help protect the caravan paitwork.

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We have one on our Bailey like David it has the pads, we also had our local caravan company open another awning gap along the top straight of the awning rail so that the Caravanstore can be removed rolled up rather than opening it out to navigate the corners.

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Boycieb,that is a very good idea,particularly since my caravan does not have any awning rail entry points except at each end.

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New to caravanning and thinking of a caravanstore rather than a full awning. We are swapping from a tent so having to put up an awning defeats the purpose of swapping. How sturtdy are these in high winds?Do you put them away if high winds are forecast?

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Quote: Originally posted by issym on 27/2/2013
New to caravanning and thinking of a caravanstore rather than a full awning. We are swapping from a tent so having to put up an awning defeats the purpose of swapping. How sturtdy are these in high winds?Do you put them away if high winds are forecast?

They are not really designed to withstand high winds and anyway they do become noisy when they start to flap. On our 2 month trips we usually have to roll it back in two or three times.

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Always keep mine on van. You need awning rail stops fitted to stop it sliding up and down on road and when parked. Big plastic hand clamps stop it flapping at all times if put round end bars. Tie down straps should only be put over the bars and not the cover as this will split them. Guy ropes should be fitted at 45degrees from front. Never had problems with chafing. I do take it in when the wind gets very strong as they can be lifted over the van and cause damage. Hope that helps.

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Thanks everyone. Do you guy it every time or only if it's a bit windy?

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Every time, it helps a lot when peeps lean on the uprights, and you never know when your going to get a sudden gust!

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Hi there, we have the caravanstore zip with sides/front.  We absolutely love it, so much so that we have sold our traditional full awning.  A couple of tips though - make sure you have all your pegs, mallet etc ready in place before you roll out the awning, so that you can get the uprights nailed down asap because it only takes a slight breeze to blow the canopy around, and poss over the top of your caravan.  Once all the sides etc are pegged down, we always put storm straps on as an extra precaution and it has withstood some really quite considerable winds.  We have been very impressed and it is much more robust than we thought it would be.  Also, if you have the extra middle roof pole (as in the bigger sizes), put a piece of high density foam between the pole and bag/side of van so that when you tension you don't risk it denting the side of the van.   The two side roof poles already have foam protection behind them on the bag, but it is quite thin, so you could add a thicker piece on top, just to be sure.  We weren't sure about getting one originally, as you don't see many of them in the UK compared to more traditional awnings, but we are so glad we did - it is a doddle to put the canopy up and just as easy to slide the sides and front in as well - no more arguments over putting the awning up, with two impatient children in tow - hurrah!

Hope that helps.


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Great help everyone, thanks.

The tips about the end stops and foam were beneficial, I'll make sure we do that, and purchase the tie down kit as well.



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If you buy the proper fiamma storm strap kit, it also comes with an attachment so that you can attach the storm straps to the front rail of the canopy if you're using the canopy on its own, as well as fitting the straps on the side panels if you're using them.

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Great bit of kit but watch the forecast and if high winds are forecast roll it up. Twisting the storm straps stops them vibrating noisily in breezy conditions. Good shelter from rain or sun in fact we often use the fiamma on one side of the 'van and a lightweight awning on the other the caravanstore doubles as a car port and can keep the car cooler

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Always put the guys on it and take it in when very windy. Ours went over the van once when we were putting it up.

We found ours good but sold it because it was really too heavy to roll in by one person.



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I was originally thinking of just using it for shade, then thought it would be good to stand under and unlock the van when we have been out when it's raining. Now I'm thinking with rain comes wind, so maybe best not to leave it up if it's a bad day. Would I be better of with an Isabella sun canopy? Would it be more stable? The caravan store looks easier to put up, but my criteria has changed since I first started on this thread.

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Quote: Originally posted by issym on 02/3/2013
I was originally thinking of just using it for shade, then thought it would be good to stand under and unlock the van when we have been out when it's raining. Now I'm thinking with rain comes wind, so maybe best not to leave it up if it's a bad day. Would I be better of with an Isabella sun canopy? Would it be more stable? The caravan store looks easier to put up, but my criteria has changed since I first started on this thread.
[/QUOTE] we had caravanstore but sold it and brought isabella shadow canopy, which we much prefer, very well made and so light and easy to put up and down


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