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Subject Topic: Storm strap? Post Reply Post New Topic
02/3/2014 at 7:06pm
 Location: Leicester
 Outfit: Vango Columbia 600 & Sunncamp 400 SE T
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Hi. I'm new to TT camping, and I'm getting our kit together to make the most of our 2nd hand sunncamp 400 se this summer.

I'm wondering what the consensus is on Strom straps. Is this a necessity for a TT with a big awning, or something that's really just a waste of time and money?

Also, what kind of pegs do you recommend? Generally for decent grass pitches, do the standard wire pegs suffice?

Thanks.

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02/3/2014 at 7:16pm
 Location: Reading. Berkshire
 Outfit: Terrano 2 + 2004 Avondale Dart 556-6
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A storm strap is the piece of kit that you hope you will never need but could save your unit if you do. I always carry one and have needed to use it a couple of times. Bit like insurance.

I always carry a selection of different pegs as you will encounter varying ground conditions. The standard wire pegs are OK in good ground but will bend on stony or hard ground. They can also work out and rotate, thus causing the guy rope to come off. Get Y or X shaped pegs as they won't rotate and some rock pegs for when the going gets tough.



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Phil

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02/3/2014 at 7:55pm
 Location: Birmingham
 Outfit: Pennine Pullman Folding Camper
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A storm strap saved our Conway trailer tent more than once when camping in North Wales....
We used to put it over the legs furthest from the trailer and it worked a treat. Best 6 I have ever spent on Ebay!
The trailer will not move but the other end does and as said it worked well and saved our tent.

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02/3/2014 at 8:40pm
 Location: Stockport
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Saved our bacon at least once. We used it under the canvas so to avoid damage.

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02/3/2014 at 8:41pm
 Location: Lichfield
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I have owned a couple of TT's in the past but storm straps were unknown back then (which would have been useful) but now owning a caravan (mainly for health reasons) and having an awning with sewn in storm strap clips I have found the use of storm straps to be beneficial on more than one occasion in windy weather. There is however more support when the material is permanently fixed to the caravan side so evidently if the storm straps are useful on a caravan awning I would definitely say yes they are worth every penny using them on a trailer tent. Try to avoid letting the wind take possession of your pride and joy because once it gets hold it can be so destructive that it can distort and mangle poles beyond repair.


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02/3/2014 at 9:33pm
 Location: HAMPSHIRE
 Outfit: ISUZU 3.1 CONQUEROR 530
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Storm strap saved our full Awning twice, Just remember to put a twist in it or when the wind catches it, it is all you can hear and is annoying, we now use Tread pegs and put the in with a 18v drill, so quicker than banging in pegs that always bend,


02/3/2014 at 10:42pm
 Location: None Entered
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I'd agree with the above for just a few quid a very useful last resort.

When using however I tend to strap opposite from what you'd think. Rather that just repeat the existing guying with a stronger strap I implement triangulation. By that I mean I loop around the outter front poles and then peg back to the center.


02/3/2014 at 11:48pm
 Location: South Wales
 Outfit: Conway Crusader
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We used crossed guying as advised several years ago on this site, at the front of the awning attach & guy in the opposite direction & peg.
The trailer body will hold sturdy & crossed guys will support the awning in high winds.


03/3/2014 at 9:57am
 Location: Northern Ireland
 Outfit: Sterckeman Alize Concept CP480
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Yes, to a storm strap.
Check out Peggypegs here, I use them more than any other in my collection.


03/3/2014 at 10:12am
 Location: Birmingham
 Outfit: Pennine Pullman Folding Camper
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Delta are a must for main guy ropes, impossible to pull out and if you mention UKCS you used to get a discount.

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Jan and Simon and Jet and Amber


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03/3/2014 at 10:29am
 Location: North Surrey
 Outfit: Bailey Unicorn Valencia S3
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Love the Peggypegs site Kelper, think I just found my next purchase!

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03/3/2014 at 9:31pm
 Location: Northern Ireland
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Yes ... we love them ... hard to pursuade the Delta converts, though.
I think a comprehensive set of pegs should include both!


04/3/2014 at 5:02pm
 Location: North Wales
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will be getting a strap for our awning,, but the best prevention of losing/damaging an awning, (in my opinion) , is to check the weather reports..


04/3/2014 at 7:19pm
 Location: Northern Ireland
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But boring to take it down whenever inclement weather is forecast???



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