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Message posted by Iainmack on 20/2/2006 at 4:39pm
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I have just returned from the NEC show where I bought one of these PDQ awnings from the towsure stand,

 

I was quite impressed by it when I was looking for a cheap porch awning, there were 2 other cheap awnings at about 100 each but no as big as this one.

 

The only real fault that I have found is the zips on the doors for the same reason as daveerwin,

They all start at the top so it means you have to take the door right out to go in and out, but you will probably need 2 people to put it back in or you can leave the door in place but you will need to step over it which will be approximately 12" high

So any small probably wont reach the zip to open it and if they do I doubt the will be closing it after them

If you thinking about buying one of these then have a good look at one before you do and try the zips first.

 


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The sales rep tels me that they are now change the zips and putting door tie backs on but the new ones will not be in the shops for a while.

I promised to update you on our first trip with the PDQ awning. We travelled 150 miles from Chelmsford to Sandy Balls with no problems. The PDQ did not flap or move ( I had one mirror watching it). Basic erection took about 4 mins (not the 2 mins in the video). Full pegging took another 5 mins mainly due to hardstanding. Very pleased with it so far nice size, easy to put up. I did find the reverse zips a pain, they zip from the middle of the door down, not like a normal awning which goes up but not a big problem.

Then on the first night we had so reasonably strong winds but I had the storm guys up and it was fully pegged so it should have been ok. In the morning I noticed the leading edge of the side at the front of the van had ripped back about 10 inches, this was the side that was facing the wind. No further damge and the rest of the week went fine.

I took the awning back when we returned home and after talking to the sales staff swopped the PDQ for a Sunnflair Ultima. The PDQ is new and Pyramid are changing the zips on the next batch. Time will tell if mine was a one off problem. Photos can be seen at:-

http://www.pbase.com/petevickers/pdq

The photos show the awning and how it ripped at the leading edge after some winds on first night.

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i love these videos that show someone doing something at one side, then in the next frame hes at the other side, and the clock is just ticking on, and then the Charile Chaplin bit at the end is a joke.

i would think it wil take coniderably longer than 2 mins.

i do like the porch awnings with one pole that are featured on this website at a discount.

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Maybe I was just unucky. It was the wind that did the damage,tearing the front stitching od the side panel. The PDQ remained waterproof and I had no problems with it lewaking just the tear.

I'll wait to see what changes /improvements are made to the second batch with respect to the doors.

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Just had a similar problem with the rip...

used our pdq awning for the first time this week...fairly strong winds....first night..about a 6" rip on the same spot mentioned above...next night....about another 2 feet of ripping...had to take the thing down to avoid damage to van.

Having a nightmare now trying to get hold of pyramid who make them...to try and get my money back.


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Just taken a look at one in my local dealers

He actually told me NOT to buy one

first the bag ABOVE the awning causes problems in wind flapping on to the caravan roof

the bag is waterproof but the zip isn't and it's on top of the bag

second it takes ages to put away and looks like you've got a body wrapped up in there

add to that it's 15kg hanging from your awning rail add water weight if it's raining

 

Personal answer -- no thanks I'll stick with a conventional awning, might take longer to put up but hasn't got those problems  AND it's stowed low down in the van so no stability problems



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Went to Harrington's yesterday and we saw one of these awnings on show. It had a sign saying to use only in nice weather and greenfield sites. We had a look at other porches but will stick with our Bradcott Active awning ( we will just have to grow 12" to be able to put it up...).

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 Have bought a Compactalite Awning from e-bay for the pricely sum of 67 +15 p+p and when it came it was brand new , never used hows that for a bargain just need to go to Antrobus to put it up.

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just come back from conniston having been away for the easter break had put the pdq away bone dry 2 weeks ago and removed it from the bag and along withe canvas came  about a gallon of water the bag is clearly leaking in and the awning has rust marks where the metal eyes have rusted and instead of being 3 months old it now looks 3 years old it should have been called pretty dam crap dont bother thats my opinion regards dave

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Hi Dave, I'm so glad you posted this although I'm not glad your awning is ruined, I have been considering one of these awnings for ease and quickness upon arrival at camp, won't bother now.

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hi thanks for the reply i have today spoke to pyramids customer service manager who said the rust on the awning after it leaking in does not justify a replacement  i am not sure what planet these guys are on eventually i was offered a new canopy but told i would have to keep the existing poles i explained that if i was getting the PDQ free and a refund as well that i would not be interested ,i do not know how strong he thinks the awning rail is  i am now dealing with wandehome caravans who i originally purchased the tent from and am now looking at purchasing a proper full awning dorema scirocoi would look forward to any feedback before i take the plunge again

ps wandehome seem a proper company and now what customer service is all about ,i dont know why pyramid even have a customer service department .

BEWARE PDQ awnings can be stressfull


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well sorry to disagree with anyone on here but weve just bought a pdq and have just been away for easter to losehill in the peak district and the awning took very little time to put up and take down and we had a very windy first day and a very wet last day and had no problems whatsoever.We bought it to replace our scenic plus as it is alot more roomier and apart from the previously mentioned doorzips being a little awkward we are very satisfied and no it didnt fall off or unravel or cause the van to tilt during the long journey between norfolk and derbyshire.

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I agree with Denandy. If I was on commission I would have sold two PDQ's this weekend at Haltwhistle. People are immediately intigued that it sits on the van ready to use. More intrigued at the fact I had it up and ready to peg in 3 minutes AND in a decent wind.

It's a good size - weighs only 11Kgs and it took a massive heavy wind with ease.

The doorzips I actually like as you can make it into a sun canopy and take the front and/or sides down and roll them up and took them under the mudflaps - you don't have to take the doors completely out to get in and out - and the 'step' is nothing as the zips go all the way to the bottom - my 17 month old stepped over it - 12" step my a*se. 

We took the walls out when the wind hit us to make it more aerodynamic - although it took about 3 hours of heavy wind fully up. The awning rail is perfectly fine and if you think that a full awning weighs far far more and the pressure on the rail in the wind - it's nonsense to think it could rip the rail off or 'tip' the van whilst travelling. Pleeeaaase.

Anyone that knocks these dont appreciate value - yes you will always get lemons - you get that with anything. We had a tiny bit of water in ours but it was on the van since February and in very bad wind and rain - next year it will be off over winter. At 169 all in it's a bargain. A tip I can give is to take the sides and front off before you pack it in it's bag - it's a lot easier to fold away AND erect as you can get in and out of it with ease. Only takes a couple of more minutes to zip the front and sides in.

I think people are knocking them because they are a different concept and not traditional. We watched a couple put up a full awning (only a few more foot space than ours) and it took them over an hour to get it looking like an awning and had to store the thing in the van - more weight more delays getting the van empty. If you just want a nice space to sit with a table and chairs then why spend 800 for a full awning?

Get one - they are great - people expect a lot for 169 - 3.5m x 2.5m - you can't get that size for that money with a canvas awning! The material they use is no different to my mates Vango dome tent - and they don't fly away or rip easily do they? If this lasts a couple of years then great - I'll buy a new one at that price.



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Hi all

We had a pdq awning for a couple of weeks and when we arrived on site it was full of water so I got soaked when i opened the bag. When we had winds ( not stong ) one night the awning ripped out of the bag which attatches it to the awning rail and i had to take it down at 3am in the rain ( not much fun ). Needless to say it went back to towsure for a full refund and the lady in customer services was not surprised and said they had loads returned.

I would not recomend buying one, we have now swapped it for a bradcott portico xl and are very please with it but you do get what you pay for.


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We bought a pdq earlier this month and used it for the first time over the Easter weekend.  After only a couple of hours the ends of the zips broke off.  Its a great concept but needs a bit of tweaking, mainly the direction of the zips.  We had to keep reminding our kids not to undo it right to the bottom, which they inevitably forgot, so my husband spent most of the weekend on his knees, releasing the tension in the skirts so he could reconnect the zip.  I'd like to know how SeanP's 17th month old child can reach up to the top to undo it everytime they wanted to enter/exit the van?  My kids (of 4 and 7) certainly couldn't reach, and if you even leave the zip done up a couple of inches, sooner or later kids are going to trip over it, leading to damage. 

When we got to the retailer to request a refund, another couple had beaten us to it, theirs apparently ripped while they were battling with the tension, and another two customers walked out of the shop upon hearing which way the zips worked.  If, indeed Pyramid decide to change the zips, then we might well buy another one.  Practical Caravan's forum also has lots of complaints about the direction of the zips, so its not a minority view.


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Well I must be lucky then. No, I didnt say my 17m old could reach the top - I said she could step over the drawn down wall! She's growing fast but not that fast!

As for the zips the Sunncamp trailer tents have them the same direction - and I still think zipping the walls down and tucking them in at the bottom is easier.

As for ripping the zips when battling with the tension - as any ex tenter knows - you pull the zips closed before you peg out the awning - they should never be too tense to rip! I dont get how the skirt would need to be released to reduce the tension to reconnect the zip end. One of mine came off but I just tweaked it closed with a pair of pliers thats all. If you put them up right then you shouldnt have any serious tension?

They are a great concept - seems they need to get their quality up! Ours is great - I am sure there are plenty that are ok too - sorry to all for your bad ones!

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