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Subject Topic: Dandy- putting it up Post Reply Post New Topic
23/5/2008 at 8:25pm
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Thinking of  buying one of these, but am wondering if I could put it up/down on my own, ( possibly with an 8 yr old's help!). All advice appreciated.



23/5/2008 at 9:56pm
 Location: Leeds
 Outfit: Swift Silhouette
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Hi Hollyvan, I managed it with an older one (28years old) and it was a struggle but I did it. However it was not something I wanted to repeat. I managed it with my 13 year old son much better. Don't know if the newer ones are easier though.

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23/5/2008 at 9:57pm
 Location: Essex
 Outfit: Dandy Designer
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Gas struts definately make life easier.

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We dont stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.


23/5/2008 at 10:24pm
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Thanks for replies. What are gas struts?



23/5/2008 at 10:48pm
 Location: Essex
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They are attached to the sides that open up the beds and help with the lifting. Someone far more knowledgeable and technically minded that me will be along shortly to explain properly. All I know is that we have them and wouldnt be without them becase I am a wimp and the bedboards used to defeat me on a much lighter nonDandy unit that didnt have them. If you get a unit without them I believe they can be fitted afterwards. Again someone who knows what they are talking about will be along shortly.

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24/5/2008 at 12:47pm
 Location: St ALBANS
 Outfit: Riva(Dandy) Destiny. Peugeot 5008
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I can put up and take down the 2004 model Destiny on my own.  You just have to be organised so that things like roof bars are to hand.  Of coarse it is quicker with an extra pair of hands.

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24/5/2008 at 1:46pm
 Location: Slaving away
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I put our 1989 one up and down one day when cleaning it out in my parents garden.

OH got funny with me so I said watch this - and did it all on my own to prove a point with him watching on.

Its better with two but can be done if your 'dander is up'.

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24/5/2008 at 7:56pm
 Location: Cheshire
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I find our Designer quite easy to put up on my own.  Putting it down I find trickier as the roof material needs to be kept clear.  I get a helper for that bit.

Steve



24/5/2008 at 9:27pm
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I am encouraged by the fact that it is obviously possible.  I am 5ft 2,  will this make much difference?



24/5/2008 at 9:42pm
 Location:  kent
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I'm 5ft 3. I could put my old Dandy up on my own and it didnt have gas struts. As others have said, it is quicker and easier with 2, but def possible single handed.

 



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24/5/2008 at 10:30pm
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Thanks. Thats really useful to know.  Just need to research differences in Dart/ Destiny/Designer etc now!


08/6/2008 at 10:16pm
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Hi, look here go to the "files" section.  There you'll find an article outlining what the models look like called "which Dandy" that I wrote after I did some researching when I bought ours.  You'll also find an article I wrote on how to fit gas struts.  They are a big help & make assembly a one person job.



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27/7/2008 at 8:37pm
 Location: liverpool
 Outfit: dandy trailer tent
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Hi    im desperate for someone help me. I was given a Dandy last year and had a lovely holiday in it with the 2 kids.  The rain was terrible and the awning just perished so i threw it away, it just could not be repaired.  I am going to use the Dandy next week  and was wondering could  use a gazebo as i cannot get a Dandy one and the alternitives are 2 expensive for me the colour of the Dandy is orange brown and white.

 

                                Thankyou eleanor 



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28/7/2008 at 6:09pm
 Location: liverpool
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I managed it with 2 kids under 8 it was a struggle but we did it.I managed to get it down havent used it since. Going to this week i will keep my fingers crossed Just have a go you will get there

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03/8/2008 at 6:36pm
 Location: Norfolk
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Look for a motor van awning on ebay. the drive away ones seem to fix easily to a Dandy.

Julian



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03/8/2008 at 8:06pm
 Location: Glos
 Outfit: Dandy Designer
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I use a Dandy and can put it up on my own.  Gas strutts are invaluable.  Also polising the inside roof on a regular basis helps so it slips easily over the hoops.  The one situation that does present a challange is windy conditions particulary if the wind is changing direction. However my experiance is that if you are on your own that people will help if you are stuck. Often campsite owners will offer. 




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