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Subject Topic: Inflatable awnings and heat Post Reply Post New Topic
via mobile 16/9/2019 at 2:31pm
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Recently bought a Kampa inflatable sun shade. Put it up today, in Spain and a neighbour said “ a couple of inflatable awnings have “popped” in the heat.
Kampa recommend up to 10 psi, mine feels solid with 5/6 psi.
Anyone heard of one if these “popping” with the heat?


16/9/2019 at 3:06pm
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Have a search in the tenting forums.

Quite a few discussions on this topic in there... although I hasten to add they are getting fewer each passing year, which I assume means that the manufacturers (Karsten excepted!) are slowly (but surely?) finally coming to grips with the problem!
I dare to say that this problem now seems to be very much in the minority (fingers crossed!), but still not totally eradicated?

There was even talk a couple of years ago of the need to be lowering and raising pressures each morning and evening, as ambient temperatures dictated!
There's also an excellent thread with step-by-step instructions (inc. photo's) of how to repair "an exploded air beam" with Duct tape! Hopefully you won't need to read that one!

I only wish I was there with you!




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via mobile 16/9/2019 at 6:20pm
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Should be fine, pressure doesn't change much with the night day temperature changes. Maybe 1 psi.

The need to change temps came from one early manufacturer trying to deal with tents failing on holiday a few years back though the actual issue was inadequate materials. Trouble is it keeps getting quoted and causing confusion.

No reported failures of Kampa tents I've seen on here and they have been out a few years.


16/9/2019 at 7:24pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Decto on 16/9/2019
Should be fine, pressure doesn't change much with the night day temperature changes. Maybe 1 psi.

The need to change temps came from one early manufacturer trying to deal with tents failing on holiday a few years back though the actual issue was inadequate materials. Trouble is it keeps getting quoted and causing confusion.

No reported failures of Kampa tents I've seen on here and they have been out a few years.





Reading back, sincere apologies if my previous post caused any panic... or confusion!
I'd hope that my comments referencing previous years and the apparent recent improvements were sufficient enough to keep any panic at bay.

My problem is that my inflatable tent is a Karsten, so not only do I have no first hand experience of such failings, but also the whole world wide web seems to be somewhat lacking in such related stories from other Karsten owners, despite their inflatable tents being on the market since '81, with little to no need for change in design and/or technology.

It seems only this latest influx of inflatables (last 5 or 6 years or so?) have been affected by such failings, and it was from such stories that my previous post was based. The daily ritual of changing air pressure was... at one stage... the official advice from (at least) one mainstream manufacturer, if these pages are to be believed.

Here's to no worries, and happy holidays!   

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16/9/2019 at 9:59pm
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I've seen 3 deflate in hot weather this year all with tube failure and all Kampa awnings. Mind you I have not seen many air awnings that are not Kampa. I don't know if the tents use the same materials for the tubes.

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via mobile 17/9/2019 at 7:41am
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We’ve had 3 different air awnings and never had issue with any of them, hot cold or otherwise.


18/9/2019 at 8:49am
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Thanks for the re assurances.
John


21/9/2019 at 5:30pm
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Weve had a Kampa airbeam tent in heat of 30 plus degrees absolutely no probs, we now have a caravan and our awning is an Outdoor revolution, this has a release valve fitted so if it does get too hot it apparently lets air out automatically.

Not heard of any popping

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