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New awning for our Dandy 6

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neilwragg

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Join date : 2013-10-15
Age : 47

New awning for our Dandy 6

Post by neilwragg on Tue 11 Mar 2014, 2:18 pm

Sent off my awning to TVS [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] to see if the twenty year old material full of rot and mildew was worth salvaging!
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Graham from TVS called back and said that the girl who unpacked the awning when they received it from me had quite a shock when she saw it....

She had made it herself over twenty years ago!

However, it was too far gone to be repaired so I got them to make me a new one, the same girl (er, lady) made an excellent job with modern materials and a perfect match.
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Before the awning went up under blue skies at the Rivendale Campsite in the Peak District this weekend
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and then setting up the wood stove.  I got TVS to make the front removable and the sides to roll up leaving just a canopy in nice weather
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or fully zipped up for warmth
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the side entrance was easiest this weekend
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Also, tried to address the condensation on the inside of the batwings.  If everything is shut up, there are bodies inside breathing in & out and it's raining outside I don't see that you can eliminate condensation so hanging material which will get wet isn't desirable nor is waterproof material like plastic as that will simply have condensation on it too.

So I got some mesh netting which hangs off velcro that I have riveted to the batwing poles.  That will allow the moist air to travel through it creating a dry barrier in the bedrooms, so if it is brushed against you dont get wet.  It doesnt rot so can still be packed away with the Dandy
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I would say it worked, but there wasn't much condensation this weekend anyway!
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The next test will be Easter, it's bound to rain then.
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Phoenix
Dandy Expert

Posts : 1435
Join date : 2011-09-07
Location : South Norfolk.

Re: New awning for our Dandy 6

Post by Phoenix on Tue 11 Mar 2014, 8:21 pm

That awning looks great.   
Bet you are pleased with it.
It matches your 6 really well, we like how you can open the sides or the front up.

navver

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Join date : 2013-01-03

Re: New awning for our Dandy 6

Post by navver on Tue 11 Mar 2014, 9:10 pm

That looks fab, dare we ask how much it cost. I keep toying with the idea of having sides added to our sun canopy.

When you roll the sides up or remove the front, is there an easy way of detaching it from the pegs without having to keep repegging. I always seem to end up with the pegs deep in the ground to stretch the elastics enough?

On the condensation front, I have a theory that the mattresses etc absorb a lot of moisture over winter which then comes out under them and into the air in the dandy. The condensation seems to be worst at the beginning of the season and that may explain it. I don't think it can be eliminated but maybe can be reduced by bringing the mattresses indoors in the warm, a week or so before using them early in the season.
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Helen
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Join date : 2011-06-12

Re: New awning for our Dandy 6

Post by Helen on Tue 11 Mar 2014, 11:15 pm

It looks absolutely great, I wouldn't mind something like that as we're finding the pvc a bit too heavy to lift with our health issues. I may have them add zips to ours to make it easier for us.

fearful wizard

Posts : 263
Join date : 2011-12-06
Age : 67
Location : Lincoln Lincolnshire

Re: New awning for our Dandy 6

Post by fearful wizard on Wed 12 Mar 2014, 9:10 am

The reason i sold my Dandy was because of the weight of the awning, and the time it took to set up and pack away on my own.
Looks like you have a great solution there. Pete  Smile 
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Helen
Dandy Owner

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Join date : 2011-06-12

Re: New awning for our Dandy 6

Post by Helen on Wed 12 Mar 2014, 12:07 pm

sounds like you still have the bug Pete ........ the Dandy bug  Twisted Evil 

fearful wizard

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Age : 67
Location : Lincoln Lincolnshire

Re: New awning for our Dandy 6

Post by fearful wizard on Wed 12 Mar 2014, 1:21 pm

Yes you don't realize how well made the Dandys are until you buy something else Helen, and if i can find an old dandy in need of renovation i will buy it, but as i have the combi-camp now, it would have to be cheap. Pete  Smile 

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