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Smiffy4bikes

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Hi all,

I was going to post question about whether or not it's a good idea to wind in your awning at night, but after a quick search amongst old posts, seemingly most people do, or at least, use a tie-down kit.

Personally I like the idea of leaving the awning up so if the weather is a bit 'damp' in the morning I can open the sliding door and at least stay dry!

So do any of you use a tie down kit at all? Can guy ropes be used with the awning just to stop it blowing about and getting damaged in the wind?

Thanks in advance as always...:thumb
 
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Fiamma sell a kit that clips on to the top of the legs .
 
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Cheapest way is to make your own with an off cut piece of figure of eight and a hole punch kit from a camping shop that allows you to make a plastic or brass eyelet. I did that and it works well.
 
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The Forum shop has a Tie Down kit.

However you could buy the Awning Hooks, also in the Shop, which fit in the Awning Channel and attach guy ropes to them.:thumb
 
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I bought a tie down kit from Comfortz at Tewksbury the other week. I think it was £20. Not sure if it's different from the club one - two very substantial pegs, springs, guys and hardware to attach to awning rail; comes in a box about 14" long x 2" x 2" (350 x 50 x 50mm). Too lazy to go to the van and read what it says on the box! :D
 
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Thanks everyone, very useful replies, as always :thumb

That's put my mind at rest, I shall check out the club shop, thank you.
 
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I am a tight git and just use two tent guy ropes tied to the holes in the legs where the legs join the awning.
 
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We bought the Thule tie down kit which is excellent although the heavy duty pegs can cut your mallet up a bit when you bash them in.

We leave the awning up overnight if the wind is gentle enough. Always have one side lower than the other at night unless you are certain it will not rain to avoid waking up to the dreaded bulge in the awning.

We use the awning a lot (sometimes with a side panel) as we find it creates a cozy outdoor space and as you say it keeps you dry when opening the door on wet days.
 
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I always use one - since getting up once at 3am in Scotland to wind in the awning when a sudden storm came in and threatened to demolish the awning. One tip - the fiamma type use a flat webbing strap - this can annoyingly vibrate even in a relatively low breeze - if the webbing is twisted several times to get a spiral effect it stops the vibration completely (maybe some effect like the spiral wind deflectors fitted to large chimneys?).
 
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Used our Thule kit for first time in Norfolk last night. Did the job perfectly but as a previous poster said the pegs do cut into your mallet!
 
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image.jpeg Has anyone ever tried to mount legs to the side of the van? I wonder if that's even possible. I like the idea.
 
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View attachment 15018 Has anyone ever tried to mount legs to the side of the van? I wonder if that's even possible. I like the idea.
T4's can be fitted with the Panel Leg clip but not the T5 as there is insufficient room at the rear because of the sliding door and I believe the front is problematical as well as it would have to be fitted on the door so could not be used when in use.
 
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