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Subject Topic: Awning/drive away for Nissan Elgrand
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Message posted by Ibanez07423/2/2016 at 9:46pm
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Hi all!
We have just purchased a converted Elgrand with a pop up roof. We want to buy a drive away awning and want to know if any of you can recommend and good one? I understand we need to measure the height of vehicle but am confused on how they fit to the van. I know you can fit it along the guttering of the sliding door but I see some go over the roof and attach to opposite side of van. My confusion lies with how you do this if you have a pop top or is it a no go?!

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Message posted by mikael23/2/2016 at 10:29pm
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I too am looking for a suitable awning for a Nissan NV200 I am having converted. I have instructed the converter to fit a reimo multirail which fits to the roof above the sliding door. This rail enables a bar which slides into a sleeve on the awning which will hook into the gulley of the multirail and the awning tensioned away from the van. The rail provides a gutter for rain, so the join is watertight. They aren't cheap but they are according to reports the best out there ........unless some here knows different.
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Interesting thanks!

Message posted by AUSTINS23/2/2016 at 11:19pm
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I just looked on Google images as I am not familiar with your new purchase. I notice also that you joined the forum just today. Welcome. Did you know that the N.E.C Birmingham, has the Caravan, Camping, and Motorhome show on at this very moment...it started today and is ended on Sunday. Saying that I do not know how near or far away from there you are.
Drive away awnings can be attached to your vehicle in a number of different ways . Plus you do not have to attach them at all. They are designed to stand alone when you actually go off pitch. For convenience in inclement weather it is better to attach them. I can indeed recommend a good one. 'VANGO AIRBEAM' they are the originator of the 'airbeam' tents...and have been making them for many years. You would NOT require a TALL one, the standard will be fine for the height of your vehicle. I would think twice about attaching any sort of rail to my van if it is a new vehicle. I suggest that you take a look on the internet for the way to attach rails and awning to them. There are many videos of this, and the erection of them, showing the simple methods. Look at them all if you can. A few things to google. J Rails ( ugly in my opinion ) Figure of eight, this needs a complete kit to attach it to an 'existing' awning rail. You may find pictures of the '8' profile attached to 'something' called a gutter type of rail. That is not what I thought a gutter rail was / is. I do not think that would work very well. You need the kador webbing to make it work better. Give the few things I have mentioned a quick look, choose which you think best suites your vehicle. The wind blows here a lot in the UK...it needs to be a firm fix. Hope this has helped you. We have 2 drive away awnings...both Vango Airbeam Take care when you do go out to purchase to ensure you do not go too large.One of ours is very big and gets some sideways looks on site. That is why we have 2, the other is quite a bit smaller. Since we bought the first one, the tunnel has been redesigned to fix on the van from the side of the tent , rather than the end of it. The new design see's the tunnel and tent sit along side the van, rather than running away from it. Hope this is of some help to you. You could make things less difficult and take a look at a Quechua Base Seconds, or similar tent. Happy searching.
    

Message posted by Ibanez07423/2/2016 at 11:23pm
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Ah lots of great info there thanks very much I will be searching all that you mention!

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Message posted by mikael23/2/2016 at 11:51pm
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Hi Austin, I have seen the reimo rail I am having fitted, and it looks really good. It also solves the problem of seamless watertight egress/ingress to the van, especially when wanting to use the loo at night! The NV200 is too small for a portapotty. Ciao

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Message posted by AUSTINS24/2/2016 at 10:10pm
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Mikael, I have just seen your first message for Ibanez. I went straight away to that wonderful google man! That rail looks great, so many people put horrid galvanised junk onto the side of new vehicles. But this looks to be the bees knees. I will not only remember its name, I shall hopefully inform others.
Have you seen one? I looked at the rail both face on and its profile. The profile shows what I imagine to be a channel into which the Kador connector runs. Absolutely simples to join up a drive away.
Have you bought your toilet yet for the van? I have a brand new, still boxed, and unused 'Royal Potti portable toilet. 15 litre flush tank...21 litre waste tank. Push pump flush, valve blade to waste tank. Recommended retail 91.00...Amazon 53.00 and free delivery. Make me an offer if you have not bought yet. We got it for home use, whilst having an ensuite constructed....however it is still not built and looks some time off right now. Have to say where in Brum...we are Leicestershire. Enjoy your new van, I'm thinking you can't wait, if like me. We camped next to a Nissan NV 200 at Shepton Mallet last year. They had their awning over the top of the back of the'van' and lashed down to the ground. It did not look very nice tbh....the vehicle was new, as was the awning. The supplying dealer had added non matching fabric to the tunnel of the awning. I would not have accepted that unless it was a gift LOL.

Message posted by LozzaS525/2/2016 at 7:05am
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Rue I manufacture perfectly formed rails for VWs and though stupidly expensive really look the business but make sure the rear ended piece is bonded/glues super securely and when fitting awning be mindful . Check them out for your make and model. The aluminium c section rail that came with the vehicle spoilt it's looks significantly and annoyed me every day. Riemo made me happy and had the added bonus of letting me use the pole and clamp fittings on my Vango Airbeam awning. Laurence Ps I have a good drive away awning available at 50

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Rue should real Riemo, thanks spellcheck!

Message posted by mikael25/2/2016 at 9:32am
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Austin - thanks for the infor. Re your toilet. We haven't bought one yet but am always interested in a bargain ! Shall I make a cheeky offer of 30 pounds ? I live in a place called Water Orton -B46 1QU . Ciao

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Message posted by AUSTINS25/2/2016 at 6:00pm
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Mikael...tis a tad cheeky, however, Could meet you somewhere on / off A5?. Say, Atherstone...for that figure.

Message posted by mikael25/2/2016 at 8:55pm
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Hi Austin, I can go with that. I am available tomorrow if it suits you. We need to do a shop so maybe Aldi carpark midday ? Or say a time/day. Just trying to combine the need for the journey. Ciao

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Message posted by mikael26/2/2016 at 10:25am
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PS that's the Aldi car park in Atherstone - forgot to put that ! We are going to do a shop anyway and will be there. Ciao

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Message posted by AUSTINS26/2/2016 at 5:58pm
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Sorry , but we shall be in Great Yarmouth on Saturday. Not to worry, any time will do, any day. Just HAVE to be in Yarmouth Saturday. We also wanted to combine a shopping trip....in Tamworth, but ours can wait so unless your absolutely 'Bursting' can we both wait?

Message posted by mikael26/2/2016 at 7:00pm
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Hi Austin, Yes, can wait - not desperate ! Tamworth sounds good - name a day / time / venue. Ciao

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Message posted by AUSTINS29/2/2016 at 8:21pm
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Back in the land of UK Camp site.....Ok. I see you say any day...that probably means you, like me, are retired? Hard Luck if not. Wednesday of this week suit you? Atherstone sounds ok. Tamworth Camping have nothing like I am after, so nearer for me Atherstone. Do not like to put phone or email etc...so will say...be here at 10p.m tonite....or 10 a.m in morning and we can sort it out. Cheers.


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