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abc5575

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Desmond's first outing

Post by abc5575 on Sat 14 Jul 2012, 1:06 pm

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Re: Desmond's first outing

Post by mike on Sat 14 Jul 2012, 1:17 pm

You made it then,awning looks a good fit

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Re: Desmond's first outing

Post by abc5575 on Sat 14 Jul 2012, 1:55 pm

Yes Mike, the awning is ok, does the trick, and as it is lightweight, we will be able to use it on the caravan also, instead of the canvas porch awning.

It is nice to be camping again.
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Re: Desmond's first outing

Post by Cazz on Sat 14 Jul 2012, 2:14 pm

That's a useful size awning, not too heavy and bulky, but just right for storage and sheltering the door. Have a good weekend.

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Re: Desmond's first outing

Post by abc5575 on Sun 15 Jul 2012, 6:47 pm

We are home. Really enjoyed our 1st outing in Desmond.

The weather was mixed, equal amounts of sun and rain, breezy.
Can't wait to get out again. Very Happy
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Re: Desmond's first outing

Post by mike on Sun 15 Jul 2012, 7:01 pm

Know how you feel our next trip is to fit the new porch awning so we dont want rain,the site we know will let us mess about doing it is waterlogged at the moment.

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Re: Desmond's first outing

Post by abc5575 on Mon 16 Jul 2012, 12:17 am

Mike some of the members of the trailer-tent group, have been together over 25 years, and they say that they cannot remember a wetter July. There has been 4 weekends cancelled since March. Crying or Very sad
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Re: Desmond's first outing

Post by Caz1960 on Mon 16 Jul 2012, 10:55 am

flower glad you had a brill time !! love the awning looks good and as for the weather think last year was very wet here any way monsoon time as long as its warm i'm happy don't like the cold
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Re: Desmond's first outing

Post by Tow Itch on Mon 16 Jul 2012, 11:24 am

Quite like the lightweight awning for Desmond.
I do fear however that it is missing a little skirt to stop draughts entering the awning.
Let me see a little skirt required for Desmond, now what will this skirt end up being called..............

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Re: Desmond's first outing

Post by abc5575 on Mon 16 Jul 2012, 6:29 pm

Hi Tow Itch, must say it was very windy at times, but didn't notice much draught, he will do as he is.
He does come with a ground sheet, which covers the open bits, but we don't like ground sheets, too much of a clart.
Don't want O/H near any " bits of skirt"

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Re: Desmond's first outing

Post by fearful wizard on Mon 16 Jul 2012, 7:56 pm

can i ask how you attached the tunnel to the dandy looks a really good fit, this is the next thing to do before my next trip. Thanks Pete Smile
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Re: Desmond's first outing

Post by Tow Itch on Mon 16 Jul 2012, 10:47 pm

Is the joke that bad that no one will give the name for the little skirt for Desmond?
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Re: Desmond's first outing

Post by Phoenix on Mon 16 Jul 2012, 10:55 pm

Tow Itch wrote: Is the joke that bad that no one will give the name for the little skirt for Desmond?

Oh go on then Mr Itch, just for you how about Tutu? Rolling Eyes
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Re: Desmond's first outing

Post by Tow Itch on Mon 16 Jul 2012, 10:57 pm


Thank You!
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Re: Desmond's first outing

Post by Caz1960 on Tue 17 Jul 2012, 1:04 am

Phoenix wrote:
Tow Itch wrote: Is the joke that bad that no one will give the name for the little skirt for Desmond?

Oh go on then Mr Itch, just for you how about Tutu? Rolling Eyes

brilliant
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Re: Desmond's first outing

Post by Biker on Tue 17 Jul 2012, 9:50 am

can i ask how you attached the tunnel to the dandy looks a really good fit, this is the next thing to do before my next trip. Thanks Pete


Pete it actually attaches like the original Dandy awning although I had to add two ties in holes supplied, and then fixed to two clamps (by W4) to the roof bars, tucked it under the edge of the roof tied it on and then re tightened the roof. The actual awning only cost 79.99 so I think this is a good one to use, as no other modification was needed. Although as some one pointed out it needs a skirt but I am already working on that using an old side liner PVC cover.

I am abc other half.

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Re: Desmond's first outing

Post by fearful wizard on Tue 17 Jul 2012, 10:21 am

Thanks ABC never thought about using pole clamps to tie it to. Pete Very Happy
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Re: Desmond's first outing

Post by Cazz on Tue 17 Jul 2012, 10:22 am

What make of awning is it? It looks very similar to the Outdoor Revolution handi something.
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Re: Desmond's first outing

Post by Biker on Tue 17 Jul 2012, 10:28 am

What make of awning is it? It looks very similar to the Outdoor Revolution handi something.

Absolutely correct it is the Outdoor revolution Handi XL.
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Re: Desmond's first outing

Post by Cazz on Tue 17 Jul 2012, 10:37 am

Biker wrote:What make of awning is it? It looks very similar to the Outdoor Revolution handi something.

Absolutely correct it is the Outdoor revolution Handi XL.

I don't mean to be sad or anything lol. I like Outdoor Revolution stuff, we've got a Nomad 3 campervan awning, that fits the same as yours, so that must also fit a Dandy fairly well. It has elasticated sides where it attaches, so a close fit can be achieved.
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Re: Desmond's first outing

Post by Biker on Tue 17 Jul 2012, 10:57 am

Correct again Cazz and that is why I chose it after looking at many others this is the one I thought would fit with little or no alteration, as it has turned out to be.
For the cost I would classify this as a 5* addition, for a Designer, as I know how much a proper Dandy awning weighs.
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Re: Desmond's first outing

Post by Cazz on Tue 17 Jul 2012, 11:09 am

Good choice, I like it.

Does it have big pockets in the porch way bit that attaches to the Dandy? If so, do you know what they are for?

They are for putting the back door in when it's fully open, to keep it off the floor. Clever idea. Very Happy

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Re: Desmond's first outing

Post by fearful wizard on Tue 17 Jul 2012, 11:17 am

I have a revolution midi awning. only used once and used the storm straps on the tunnel.
I dont remember seeing any eylets along the tunnel edge only the beading for figure of eight fixing.
Must get it out and check,it would be ideal if it has. Pete Smile
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Re: Desmond's first outing

Post by Biker on Tue 17 Jul 2012, 11:33 am

Pete the eyelets are on either end of the of the awning rail edging on the XL.
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Re: Desmond's first outing

Post by Cazz on Tue 17 Jul 2012, 11:34 am

fearful wizard wrote:I have a revolution midi awning. only used once and used the storm straps on the tunnel.
I dont remember seeing any eylets along the tunnel edge only the beading for figure of eight fixing.
Must get it out and check,it would be ideal if it has. Pete Smile

If it's a motorhome awning designed to be the drive away type, then it possibly will have an eyelet's in the top corners of the porch way drive away bit. This is because if ever needed, you can hold that end up on sun canopy poles to make a porch way type area when the motorhome isn't there, instead of letting it hang or securing it the main awning body.

Fingers crossed it has some, if not, you could always add some. We secure our awning roof inside with bungees, and attach them to the bed legs.

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