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Converting pull out Omnistor canopy .

Post by alythian on Sat Feb 18, 2017 2:29 pm

Hi has any one sourced three sides for their Omnistor wind out canopy in order to convert it into a Day Room/Awning. An idea of cost would also be helpfull. Thanks, alythian.

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Re: Converting pull out Omnistor canopy .

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Re: Converting pull out Omnistor canopy .

Post by Paramedic on Sat Feb 18, 2017 6:51 pm

We bought ours from motorcaravanning.co.uk. 'Omnistore rain blocker'.

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Post by samleeds on Sun Feb 19, 2017 9:06 am

Here is a radical thought......I bought a couple of side panels for my fiamma and a front. The cost was phenomenal and the weight was horrendous. They took a long time to set up and in wind, they were not as strong as an awning plus in the sun, they were the proverbial sauna.

I look at it this way....why do we want an awning up, usually its so we can sit outside and have more space. Do we put them up in the winter, answer is no, they only go up in the summer and when they do go up we usually leave doors open or drop the tops down to get air in.

With that in mind, all we did was to buy a taller than average windbreak and 2 lengths of it. We put the fiamma out and wrap the first length of wind break from the rear corner of the van, out and around the first fiamma support leg. we then start the other wind break from the front side of the van, leaving a door size gap and wrap the rest round to overlap the first wind break which becomes quite a stable frontage. The wind does not blow on us as the wind break does its job but we can see out and are covered on all sides.

This takes no time to put up and if the wind really gets up, we can take it down or just wind in the fiamma. Dead simple, lightweight, quick to erect and it works.

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Re: Converting pull out Omnistor canopy .

Post by Gromit on Sun Feb 19, 2017 9:54 am

I like a bit of radical thinking, and that's a very practical solution - specially since the wind breaks can be used in other ways, like on the beach perhaps.  up!

We did a lot of thinking about those wind stoppers, wind breaks like you have etc., and came to the same conclusions. Then we stopped short and asked ourselves how often we used the awning itself. The answer was, "Not very often", so the next point to ponder was whether we would be likely to use it more often if we bought the wind breaks.

"Probably not" - due almost entirely to vacational lethargy. (The automated spell checker changes it to "vocational - which is probably nearer the truth if I'm honest. Otherwise known as bone idleness!  Whistle1 )

Our very limited storage space also makes us stop and think before buying something else to carry! I shall still have a look at what's available at the NEC, and see how small they can be packed up. smile!

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Re: Converting pull out Omnistor canopy .

Post by Peter Brown on Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:07 am

http://www.windblockers.net/

Many members of the forum have the screens at the link above. They fold into a very small area and weigh next to nothing but are extremely effective'

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Re: Converting pull out Omnistor canopy .

Post by Paulmold on Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:24 am

As for safari rooms, ask yourself why so many are always for sale on eBay. Windblockers rarely come on eBay.

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Re: Converting pull out Omnistor canopy .

Post by Gromit on Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:29 am

Thanks Peter. I've always been impressed by the demonstration with the huge fan and the candle.

I can only speak for myself, but they need to be pegged out, and the ancient back and knees don't do pegging out if they can possibly avoid it! shrugg

Like most other aspects of motorhoming, one has to accept a compromise. I think if we bother at all, the taller windbreaks with aluminium poles might be an answer. Friends of ours have them and they do pack away quite small and light weight.

Could I be bothered though???? Whistle1

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Re: Converting pull out Omnistor canopy .

Post by Paramedic on Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:12 am

Peter Brown wrote:http://www.windblockers.net/

Many members of the forum have the screens at the link above.  They fold into a very small area and weigh next to nothing but are extremely effective'
Yes Peter, can agree to that. Just so happens that we have Lillypad for sale to fit 4 metre awning. Will put on ' For Sale' if anyone shows interest.

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Re: Converting pull out Omnistor canopy .

Post by alythian on Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:38 pm

Hi all. Many thanks for your replies to my query about sides for an Omnistor.

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