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Subject Topic: Drive-away Awnings - How Much Hassle ?
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Message posted by Andy-M24/9/2012 at 10:48am
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AS with most things these things seam a good idea at the time, bought one and only used it a couple of time, now hardly use the wind out awning as well, even thought recently had a larger one fitted

Message posted by Davemw27/9/2012 at 10:01pm
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Hi,

  We have a VW t4,and we first bought a Khyam driveaway sleeper,the first time , it goes up  is really good,Then you Drive away !! fine,but when you come back it can be a right old game to get it as it was,well neally ! The the wind and the rain came next, leaked in 3 places,and at 3 am I was taking it off the van to stop it banging and keeping us awake.

Next morning we found that a pole had broken,as well as 2 guy ropes had ripped out of the tent.

We then bought a Khyam Driveaway XC awning..put it up in the garden to find the ground sheet was not fixed together.

We then bought a small 4man tent with metal poles etc which is great used it for 4 weeks this year in All weathers no problem at all.

No hassle connecting it to the van,works just great.


Message posted by Bad Penny27/9/2012 at 10:32pm
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More and more we're thinking that a drive-away might just be too much hassle ! 17

When we eventually find a van I think it would be nice to have one of those wind-out sun-awning types though - even if we don't get much occasion to use it !


Message posted by jimsmimm28/9/2012 at 12:28am
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I've had my khyam motor dome classic for at least 4 years now..easy to put up and take down ..increases living space in hugely ...couldnt have done without it when we went to france in july ... if your planning to spend time touring in a smaller van with a family its essential....

Message posted by Tigermouse28/9/2012 at 9:59am
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I have this one, the Rodeo Sprint, and love it. It gives me loads of living space and is great for the dogs to mooch about without being constantly tethered. It's easy enough to put up - just three flexible poles and two rigid ones inside - though I must admit that pegging it down does take a while as there are a lot of pegging points. There again I'm on my own, with two of you it won't take as long. Attaching it to the van is easy with three long guy lines which I throw over the roof and peg down at the other side. It's never leaked, and in spite of being battered by high winds many times it's always stayed put without damage, even when not attached to the van. If you can accept that putting up something like this is similar to putting up a tent then believe me it's well worth the effort.



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Message posted by Bad Penny28/9/2012 at 11:31am
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Hello Tigermouse.  That one looks  nice & spacious.  We're looking out for either a big campervan or a smallish motorhome,  but the extra space & freedom for the dog that an enclosed awning provides would be great.

But... it does seem that it's no less hassle than putting up a biggish tent !

That's the thing really... we want a campervan largely to get away from all that.  We have tents already but rarely use them - mainly because we find it's too much hassle !


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Quote: Originally posted by Mick S. on 21/9/2012
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.

I have to agree with that but I suppose you need to decide which is more important - the extra space a drive-away gives you, or not going to the trouble of putting one up.

Just to give you an idea of the space mine gives me, it's 11ft 4ins across and 8ft from front to back, with a height of approx. 6ft 8ins so ideal for anyone who's fairly tall. On one side I have my long kitchen unit, larder unit and small table, on the other I have the portable loo, dogs' bed and moon chair - my bed is in the van, permanently made up for the duration of my stay. I did once try to live in the van without putting the awning up but it was just about impossible, I had no room to do anything and even the simplest task was difficult - had it been raining at the time it would have been a nightmare.

Yes, the awning does take time to put up but I look on it as being part of the pleasure of camping rather than a chore, and all that extra space is definitely worth the effort. 



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Message posted by Bad Penny28/9/2012 at 6:11pm
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It's down I think to how long you want (or are able) to stay in one place,  and also importantly how fit & able you are - or aren't   !

I think that after a very long drive or if tthe site was very rocky (as most are in the Scottish highlands) & on top of that  the weather turned nasty  (again that happens often in the Scottish Highlands 17 )  it actually would feel like a chore to me,  & to my OH it definitely would. 

We did used to put up a `quickie' porch awning on our caravan if we were staying several days or more, & the extra space made our holiday much nicer.   However we didn't have to undo any of it every time we drove anywhere - I believe you'd have to undo & redo some guys every time you drive off then return with all these types of awning ? 

 If there are any that you don't have to do this with please let me know though ! That would be our absolute ideal & I think well worth paying a fair bit more for  17 

 



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Message posted by Bad Penny28/9/2012 at 6:24pm
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Btw Mick & Tigermouse,  I do feel that for myself & my hubby if we had a small-ish van then the extra space  an awning provides would  be almost a neccessity.     though that's not the case for everyone ....

Last time we were camping there were 4 quite small VW's (2 were T25s) & none of them was using an awning, though one did have a pop-up tent similar to a Quechua `Base Seconds'.

One of the other VWs belonged to an Australian couple - hardy souls - they had a BBQ & sat outside most of the evening though it was pretty chilly 17, just used the van to kip in really,  brave souls !!     

All your posts have realy helped a lot 17    I think OH & I have more or less come to the conclusion that for us it's probably better to go for a bigger camper & just use our pop up tent if we need more room at times.  Might even sacrifice a few miles per gallon & go for a smallish motorhome  as they're wider & tend to have a bit more space to swing the dog 17   Thanks again all 17  



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Quote: Originally posted by Bad Penny on 27/9/2012


When we eventually find a van I think it would be nice to have one of those wind-out sun-awning types though - even if we don't get much occasion to use it !

Don't waste your money on one! We've had them on all three of our vans(we fitted one to the first,the others came with 'em on)..and we've found 'em to be a liability in anything other than "dead calm" conditins...They rattle,creak and flap(even when strapped down)...and all the time,you're waiting for something the let go and start to beating the hell out of the van!(..stick with a simple tarp..)

If you going off the "driveaway" awning,what about a decent "day room"/utility tent,shoved up against the van door? 

Something like this:

http://www.thefamilytentshop.com/PRD_ProductDetail.aspx?cid=31&prodid=315&Product=Outwell-Oklahoma-Day-Tent 

(Would still involve some faffin' about to put up though...)



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Waaah dammit !!!!!!!  Aw Pepe you keep bursting my bubbles man !   Seriosuly though,  thanks for the warning,  I reckon we'll give the wind-outs a body swerve too then - we Aberdonians arena keen on wastin our money .... 17

Cheers for the day-tent link too btw - but yep,   looks like way too much phaffin about !  


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 We're a retired couple who spend 3 weeks plus in France each year roaming about. We have a VW trooper and last year bought a slot in cheap(!) awning which we put up when we stop anywhere for more than 3 days and don't plan to use camper to go out in, ie, if we're near small village, town, beach.. Takes literally minutes to slide in and peg and same to take down, gives shade if we need it and somehow seems to make living space larger and more 'ours'. On the other hand we have gone for years without any awning/tent and haven't had any problem. Don't mind a quick visit behind van in middle of night if needed/ walk to loos! On our first trip we had an Easy Camp utility tent but that was when we stayed put for a week or more, or as this year when we camped with grandchildren and it was somewhere for them to play in/keep all their 'stuff' in. We seem to have got the living space /storage space well sorted so even when it's cold/wet we don't have a problem.

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Quote: Originally posted by Bad Penny on 28/9/2012

Waaah dammit !!!!!!!  Aw Pepe you keep bursting my bubbles man !   Seriosuly though,  thanks for the warning,  I reckon we'll give the wind-outs a body swerve too then - we Aberdonians arena keen on wastin our money ....

Cheers for the day-tent link too btw - but yep,   looks like way too much phaffin about !  


...I don't mean to keep burtsin' bubbles...honest...

It's just that in the first few months of owning our first van(the Transit based Duetto),we'd thrown money at:

1) A simple caravan porch awning(still occasionally used if staying put..),

2) An EasiCanopi(Now usually used inconjuction with the Quechua).

3) A  driveaway(sold without being used..too much faff!) X

4) A Fiamma windout(A very expensive disappointment!) X

We've yet to see how long our latest "ideal set up"(the Easicanopi and the Quechua)remains "ideal"...


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Quote: Originally posted by pepe63 on 29/9/2012

It's just that in the first few months of owning our first van(the Transit based Duetto),we'd thrown money at:

3) A  driveaway(sold without being used..too much faff!) X


How do you know it was too much faff if you'd never used it?


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Quote: Originally posted by Tigermouse on 29/9/2012
Quote: Originally posted by pepe63 on 29/9/2012

It's just that in the first few months of owning our first van(the Transit based Duetto),we'd thrown money at:

3) A  driveaway(sold without being used..too much faff!) X


How do you know it was too much faff if you'd never used it?


Oh yeah..sorry.."Never used IN ANGER"...

We tried it on the drive at home...and all the scrattin' about threadin' poles through..and then getting it it to "flip up", malarky,was just like going back to putting the tent up...the very process we wanted to get away from,hence the move to a campervan...

(..I should point out it was of the early Movelite "Squares"..on which the one-piece poles had "shoulders" and on our's these were a pain to thread through the pole sleeves..Their design may well've been altered since...)


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Quote: Originally posted by Bridie on 28/9/2012
 We're a retired couple who spend 3 weeks plus in France each year roaming about. We have a VW trooper and last year bought a slot in cheap(!) awning which we put up when we stop anywhere for more than 3 days and don't plan to use camper to go out in, ie, if we're near small village, town, beach.. Takes literally minutes to slide in and peg and same to take down, gives shade if we need it and somehow seems to make living space larger and more 'ours'. On the other hand we have gone for years without any awning/tent and haven't had any problem. Don't mind a quick visit behind van in middle of night if needed/ walk to loos! On our first trip we had an Easy Camp utility tent but that was when we stayed put for a week or more, or as this year when we camped with grandchildren and it was somewhere for them to play in/keep all their 'stuff' in. We seem to have got the living space /storage space well sorted so even when it's cold/wet we don't have a problem.

hello can you tell me what sort of awning that is please  - sounds good !


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