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Subject Topic: Awning newbies- help wet soggy awning Post Reply Post New Topic
Message posted by diablo14/6/2016 at 1:02pm
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We have bought a Isabella Magnum and the Bolon flooring- B & Q Tarpaulin directly on the grass, Bolon on top.

We've then put an Outwell carpet ( from tent days) on top to make it cosy.

The carpet is especially wet on entrance, but now blobs of wet everywhere. we have the awning skirt flared out with a few rocks here and there, The tarpaulin just exceeds the awning flared edges. It's all been pegged down.


What have we done wrong?

Any tips please help? thanks !

Message posted by boff14/6/2016 at 1:27pm
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You have got three layers on the floor you a certainly going to kill the grass very quickly.

Most of the damp will probably be condensation.   Me I would dump the ground coverings and enjoy walking on the grass.

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killing the grass is unusually not an issue where the caravan is sited. I forgot to say we are on a very slight gradient, running towards the van.

Message posted by pepe6314/6/2016 at 1:29pm
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If the tarp "exceeds" the awning "flared edges", is water not just running down the walls, onto the tarp edge and then making it's way back under/in?....

(Your floor tarp/sheets shouldn't extend past the outer walls/skirt)

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yes, I think this is a good point ! So ditch the tarp? thanks !

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Quote: Originally posted by pepe63 on 14/6/2016
If the tarp "exceeds" the awning "flared edges", is water not just running down the walls, onto the tarp edge and then making it's way back under/in?....

(Your floor tarp/sheets shouldn't extend past the outer walls/skirt)



should the awning edges be folded down to make a neat join with the walls? or flared?


Message posted by clbewi14/6/2016 at 2:56pm
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I would have the mud wall on the awning turning in that way the rain runs down and under you carpet.

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Message posted by Taylor5614/6/2016 at 10:03pm
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The Bolon is a breathable carpet and should not have anything underneath it.If you put a tarpaulin under and another carpet on top it will stink underneath as the water cannot go anywhere and it will all die and turn to mud.

Message posted by checkley197314/6/2016 at 11:10pm
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Carpet and tarp should be inside the awning and not visible from outside. Mud flaps on that awning should be tucked inside and the elastics pegged down. I would not recommend using a tarp personally it's not needed.

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Quote: Originally posted by checkley1973 on 14/6/2016
Carpet and tarp should be inside the awning and not visible from outside. Mud flaps on that awning should be tucked inside and the elastics pegged down. I would not recommend using a tarp personally it's not needed.





I was going to say much the same. Just googled some pics of it, and agree totally, them flaps should be inside

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Quote: Originally posted by clbewi on 14/6/2016
I would have the mud wall on the awning turning in that way the rain runs down and under you carpet.



Exactly what I would say too (I decided I'd better read the thread first, to see if anyone else had said it first!).

When we had caravans we always had Isabella awnings - including a Magnum - and always put the rain flaps inside. Put a waterproof groundsheet overlapping the flaps (PVC type is heavier and more dense than a B&Q tarp) then either the bolon or the carpet over that. Not both. Or, put the carpet down on top of the Bolon just when you need it (you will get condensation under overnight, otherwise).

Isabella bolon is really a breathable groundsheet, designed to go straight onto the grass. Yes, it'll let some water up if it does get underneath, but it'll also allow it to drain away very quickly as well.


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