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We would never leave the awning out at night. Think it's much better to get into the habit of putting it to bed each night, then you won't get caught by missing a warning of incoming windy weather, too much at risk.
 
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Not sure if fellow Beach owners agree but I've not found any need for the bungie, the canvas sorts itself out, other than gathering it near the latches
In Scotland for a month with my Beach, the bungie was a great help on windy days. It’s so cheap, why wouldn’t you?
 
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Not sure if fellow Beach owners agree but I've not found any need for the bungie, the canvas sorts itself out, other than gathering it near the latches
Sure- each to their own! I don’t really care if people agree or not. There are exhaustive resources on this site for people to read and make their own decision! My opinion is that the regular disasters and associated cost to rectify a damaged bellows or roof makes the risk of not using something so inexpensive and so well reviewed makes no sense.
 
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My point wasn't about agreeing or otherwise. With the subtle differences between Beach and Oceans we often get advice based on the other model which may or may not be valid.

I was just asking if any other Beach owners had found the bungie useful.
 
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My point wasn't about agreeing or otherwise. With the subtle differences between Beach and Oceans we often get advice based on the other model which may or may not be valid.

I was just asking if any other Beach owners had found the bungie useful.
You would have to be a fool to catch a manual roof - the 'scissors' are not the same threat as the electric version - they are towards the bottom of the roof structure and it would be very difficult to damage the bellows this way. If the bellows do 'blow out' there is nothing to cut it on. Plus the roof drops in two actions - so you have an opportunity to check around the roof before pulling it into the lock position. Def no need for a bungee in a Beach
 
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You would have to be a fool to catch a manual roof - the 'scissors' are not the same threat as the electric version - they are towards the bottom of the roof structure and it would be very difficult to damage the bellows this way. If the bellows do 'blow out' there is nothing to cut it on. Plus the roof drops in two actions - so you have an opportunity to check around the roof before pulling it into the lock position. Def no need for a bungee in a Beach
Difficult but not impossible as I have discovered. I was very confident like you, but now I am the proud owner of 2 small tears in mine. Both have been repaired with Tear Aide and barely noticeable.

The first was due to the canvas getting caught in the hatch runner (not one I've heard of before).

The other was after fitting my isotop and not having a bellows bungee fitted, as I have never needed one. It popped out instead of in and I couldnt see it. I put a small rip in the reinforcement strip again repaired.
 
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You would have to be a fool to catch a manual roof
Is that really necessary? Shortly after getting my Beach, I was watching the sides from the inside, and didn’t see that the front had blown out (I was by myself). Fortunately no damage to the roof, just a creased folding strip, but if the design included a bungee or other protection (like the Marco Polo), new owners could gain experience without damaging their roofs in the process. Why does that make you so angry?
 
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My view is that clearly the bellows and soft metal roof are vulnerable components and there are many variables that could result in damage- as per the numerous posts on here. Weather, tiredness etc could all factor in a silly and expensive mistake. The low cost of the bungie just seems to make so much sense. As in my previous post- anything that removes worry or anxiety and let’s me use and enjoy the vehicle in any weather is a bonus!!
 
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My view is that clearly the bellows and soft metal roof are vulnerable components and there are many variables that could result in damage- as per the numerous posts on here. Weather, tiredness etc could all factor in a silly and expensive mistake. The low cost of the bungie just seems to make so much sense. As in my previous post- anything that removes worry or anxiety and let’s me use and enjoy the vehicle in any weather is a bonus!!
I would agree I lasted nearly 4 years without any damage but then had two instances in the space of a month. I wish I had installed my bellows bungee years ago but foolishly I gave it away as I didnt think I needed it.
 
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I think the challenge with the Beach is to not crimp the bellows fabric with the catches that hold the roof down.
 
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I think the challenge with the Beach is to not crimp the bellows fabric with the catches that hold the roof down.
I fold it quite carefully but I had micro holes around the clamp, I did reinforce those with tear aide too.
 
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I think the challenge with the Beach is to not crimp the bellows fabric with the catches that hold the roof down.
When I collected my Beach Guy at Preston gave me a sheet of instructions to lower the roof. Here's a paragraph.

Gather the canvas at each side of the roof aperture and ensure that this is underneath the SEAT BELT type material behind the buckle. This is to ensure that when the buckle is fastened that no part of the canvas is trapped between the buckle and the catch on the roof panel.
 
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heres a couple for you. avoiding the bellows bungee arguments.
always remove your awning winder handle as you can shut the tailgate on it.
also always close up the chair pocket when you've taken the chairs out as you can also close the tailgate on the hanging fabric which jams the tailgate shut and obviously damages the chair sleeve .
also if the weather forecast is hot and many beers, wind the awning in !!!
 
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Don’t open the driver’s door when the awning’s out unless the leg is fully extended.

Put down the sun visors before swivelling the chairs.

Put on the roof topper before attaching the driveaway awning.

If you have a tailgate prop to hold open the boot door with four bikes on the back, do not attempt to manoeuvre your vehicle if the prop is in use.

If you have a puppy in the van, spray anti chew gunk on the handbrake lever, or better still, muzzle and truss the puppy.
 
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  1. Keep your head down when getting into and out of the side door to avoid a headache.
  2. Always hold the top of the upper bed mattress when pulling the bed down to avoid trapped/sore fingers.
  3. Always shut the side door and driver’s door before winding out/in the awning.
 
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Don't kick bags of knitting if they stray into the drivers foot well. The puncture wounds from the knitting needles really hurt!
 
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Don't kick bags of knitting if they stray into the drivers foot well. The puncture wounds from the knitting needles really hurt!
Re: pain, Re: privacy glass, Re: excellent parking heater: Don't cook bacon while naked. I know, TMI. Also, I'll get my coat.
 
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