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Subject Topic: Drive-away Awnings - How Much Hassle ?
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Message posted by Bad Penny21/9/2012 at 1:09pm
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We're looking to buy a campervan when we eventually find one it will be our very first) don't want a very big MH type vehicle for various reasons ,  but would like as much space as possible !  (I know I know,  can't have it always...17)  thinking a drive-away would probably be the best solution for us,  but....

OH said from the pics he's seen they look to be about as much hassle as pitching a tent 17  !   Is he right ???

Help please ! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Message posted by feeblecat21/9/2012 at 1:30pm
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Yes and no. Our drive away awning was a bit of a faff putting up but 4 years on I think you can get easier to erect ones (kampa springs to mind). But, once up the extra space really was a godsend. And very easy to leave/re-attach to campervan.

Message posted by pepe6321/9/2012 at 2:56pm
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We bought a Movelite driveaway awning when we had our first van(Duetto)but we sold it without using it in anger(..after trying it out on the drive,I decided it was too much like putting the tent be up again...and we switched to a "camper" to get awy from that..)

The quick erect Kyham awnings are supposed to good..pricey..but good... 

We use a simple canopy(Outdoor Revolution Easicanopi)and a pop-up Quechua Base tent...


Message posted by sandya21/9/2012 at 4:38pm
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We bought a Kampa travel pod about a month ago have used it once on a four day stay quite easy to erect [there is a video on Kampa website]only two carbon fibre poles, took us about 25 mins first attempt, extra space worth the effort if staying put for a few days

Message posted by supertrooper7821/9/2012 at 4:46pm
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well worth the extra room.

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Message posted by pepe6321/9/2012 at 5:51pm
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Bad Penny..

If you do go for an awning of any sort,it's worth taking a look at secondhand(Free ads on here?)..because they are the sort of item that can get bought,rarely used...and then sold on....


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We bought one this summer. I was a bit unsure as to if we'd actually use it, or if it was more bother than it was worth to put up, as you see so many for sale with 'used once' in the ad.

Ours was supposedly 'very simple' to put up if you believed the blurb. Its not 'very simple' at all, but the more we use it, the easier it gets. Im glad we got it now, as it gives you a bit more 'outdoor' time on a chilly autumn evening.

With a smaller 'camper'-type van, id say one would be almost an necessity in most cases, as the extra space would be a huge bonus.

Message posted by Bad Penny21/9/2012 at 9:17pm
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Used a quicky porch awning with the caravan,  was great.  We'll need the space even more when we get a camper/MH as will have  a lot less overall space than we had with 17ft caravan + vehicle....

But we got a caravan mainly because putting up a tent (especially in wind & rain) was too much hassle....  arrrgh !

 

 

 


Message posted by Bad Penny21/9/2012 at 9:46pm
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Quote: Originally posted by pepe63 on 21/9/2012

Bad Penny..

If you do go for an awning of any sort,it's worth taking a look at secondhand(Free ads on here?)..because they are the sort of item that can get bought,rarely used...and then sold on....



Cheers for that !  Will do... 

We also have a quechua pop-up btw,   great aren't they 17   would really like something `joined on' to the vehicle though,  sort of increases the space more and the dog can wander in & out safely/lie in awning out of the way when we're making food etc.

Thanks to you and feeblecat and someone else (sorry can't remember name 1717 with the suggestions, shall google those makes & see how they look) might just land up using the  quechua after all though .... 17


Message posted by bigtoe22/9/2012 at 2:09am
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Love the Quechua. We use one with our campervan and would never now use an awning - we moved to a campervan from tenting to avoid the hassle of pitching a tent after a long drive in France.



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Message posted by pepe6322/9/2012 at 10:45am
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..and it is also worth thinking about just how often you're actually going to be "driving away"...

Prior to our current Quechua/ *EasiCanopi "combo",we used(and still have) an Outdoor Revolution EasiPorch.Admittedly,it was a bit "saggy" just hung off the gutter on the side of the Transit  ..but as you know these type of lightweight "caravan awnings" are really easy to put up..so maybe worth thinking about(..just consider the fixing heights and the clearance for the sliding door travel...) 

 (  *This is what we use,with the Quechua tucked under the one end...  http://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/membershop/bd_easicanopy.asp )



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Message posted by Bad Penny22/9/2012 at 11:09am
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Wouldn't keep the dog in though (& would be terrified when the breeze gets up in the mountains !) Pepe 17 ..... thanks very much for all the suggestions though - I feel rather embarrassed at turning them all down,  but if you don't mind going to the bother please keep em coming - eventually the right one for us may just turn up 17

Message posted by pepe6322/9/2012 at 11:34am
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You're both welcome.. 

..we only shifted from tents to a "camper"(then MHs)about 5-6 years back...and we're still trying to fathom out the ideal  set-up...

The touble is,that "ideal" changes depending on what the curent use is...and if you're not careful you end up buying a miriad of different awnings,canopies/tarps,shelters...

...and lugging about a selection of 'em, "just in case"..

(..I'm with your Hubby on this though...the less faffin' about that's involved,the better..!)


Message posted by Bad Penny22/9/2012 at 8:20pm
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Yep I doubt there's such a thing really (ideal set-up) especially if you intend to vary your trips away ie some short stays some of a week or more in same place.   We're really looking forward to a bit of both iykwim. ...

I think our best plan is probably to go for as big a campervan as poss whilst keeping mpg good  (so something like a LWB Transit van conversion) so we stop over just one or 2 nights without needing to put up anything or maybe using the quechua.  

If everything works out & we decide to keep on campervanning  (sounds like one of those ruddy awful films lol) we can always look out for a 2nd hand drive-away awning for the times we want to stay in the same place for a week or more.  Sounds like a plan !!


Message posted by bordercaz23/9/2012 at 2:38pm
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I used a Quecha Base with my Transit Autosleeper, pitched up close to the side door it was virtually connected as the flap on the quecha kept the rain off when getting in and out, and with a step in the space between the tent and the van even the dog stepped in and out easily. Most campsite wardens thought it was an awning, not a separate tent.

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Message posted by pepe6323/9/2012 at 6:53pm
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Although I was singing their praises earlier...one thing to consider with the Quechua,is their size when folded...

...they're not exactly the sort of thing you're going to keep packed away, out of sight, "just in case"......



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