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New awning means fun to come.

Post by Ann B on Mon Mar 18, 2013 3:14 pm

Just had a visit to Camperlands Manchester and collected our new Movelite Midi awning, fixing kit and rock pegs ready for our spring-time trips.
Another 'first' for us so we are having a practice session later this week (going to hide in the back garden so the neighbours can't laugh at us), that's if the snow holds off. Can already see a big fallout with Mr B, he's not the most patient of people, where as I of course am perfect. hugegrins
Will let you know how we go on but any tips welcome.
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Re: New awning means fun to come.

Post by whisky on Mon Mar 18, 2013 3:47 pm

Hi Ann.

Just to let you know that you are not unique. My wife also is perfect. (IHO) hugegrins

Good luck with your new awning. (I have informed your neghbours.) hugegrins

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Re: New awning means fun to come.

Post by Blossom on Mon Mar 18, 2013 4:50 pm

Hi Ann

We struggled a bit getting our Movelite awning up first time but were impressed with it when up.
Getting it all back in the bag afterwards was probably more frustrating.
Let us know when you are doing yours and we will pop round and have a laugh. hugegrins hugegrins hugegrins

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Re: New awning means fun to come.

Post by Dutto on Mon Mar 18, 2013 4:52 pm

Best of luck! allthumbz

Only one tip!

"One in charge with 'Instructions Leaflet' and one doing ALL the work!" (It really is a one-person job, honest!) Whistle1

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Re: New awning means fun to come.

Post by deckie on Mon Mar 18, 2013 6:35 pm

Always good for a laugh ..... watching (discretely) people assembling a new awning up! smile!

I well remember, many moons ago, in the South of France a Welsh lady thanking me profusely for helping her husband sort their one out !!

She recons I saved her sanity and marriage scratch head hugegrins

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Re: New awning means fun to come.

Post by Paulmold on Mon Mar 18, 2013 6:53 pm

That reminds me of an awning we had on a caravan some years ago. It was called a Trio King and it was pentagon shaped. We would never have chosen it ourselves but it came with the van. You can imagine the fun we had (not) trying to figure out the pole arrangement. It must have taken us about 3 hours the first time but we got it down to about 30 minutes after colour coding the poles etc.- practise makes perfect.
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Trial run done and dusted

Post by Ann B on Thu Mar 21, 2013 1:22 pm

Decided to have a go at putting up the awning this morning - in full view of the neighbours and passing traffic just to provide a bit of entertainment.

Says I to Mr B, 'isn't it a bit breezy?", says Mr B to me "no, it's not windy." shrugg

Unpacked the very neatly packed awning, laid it out, struggled with pushing through the poles and surprised at how big it is. Then came a gust of wind and it almost took flight, headed right towards the brand new Jaguar parked at the front of our house (owned by the builders merchants just across the road) oops. censored!

Disaster averted we managed to put it up without Mr B storming of in a huff or me issuing the decree nisi and it really was not as bad as I anticipated.

Worse thing was answering the questions of the neighbours who stopped to watch "no we are not going away this weekend, no we are not setting up a B&B etc etc."

It came down a lot quicker than it went up but then the fun was trying, and failing, to get it back in its bag. Squashed in as best we can and put in the van wardrobe - so no room for clothes there.

Will have a second go in the back garden (now we know how to put it up and attach it to the van) before we go away after Easter so that we don't provide the entertainment on the CC site we are booked on.
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Re: New awning means fun to come.

Post by whisky on Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:55 pm

Good Luck with it Ann. Ohh and Mr. B. up! champagne

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Re: New awning means fun to come.

Post by deckie on Thu Mar 21, 2013 6:32 pm

Thank's for the update, Ann & Mr B allthumbz

We all deserve a regular laugh hugegrins hugegrins

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Post by shelldrake on Thu Mar 21, 2013 6:38 pm

should have taken a video and posted it on You Tube.
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Re: New awning means fun to come.

Post by Annevan on Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:43 pm

Hi Ann B

I'm thinking of getting a Movelite midi also. I'm a solo camper but will have my sons/ daughters and wee grandson with me sometimes( not all together) so it would be handy for extra space. As you are now surely an expert, smile! do you think it would be easy enough for a fit but spatially challenged female to erect this awning alone? Or would it be too much bother.

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Re: New awning means fun to come.

Post by Ann B on Wed Jun 12, 2013 7:59 am

Hi Anne with an 'e'.
Think I could manage to put it up, just, but would struggle getting the poles into the rings at each corner as they need a bit of a push. If I was camping alone I think I would go for the Kyham which goes up like an umbrella with the poles integral to the awning.
Hope this helps.

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Kyham

Post by rose49f on Wed Jun 12, 2013 9:02 am

Hi Anne with an 'e'
I am a sole lady with an awning. I have a Kyham with inner tent for sleeping two people. The only help I need is for someone to hold the middle up before I click the first clamps. The grand kids usually hold it then disappear. The rest I do on my own. No problem. I had another awning before which was just hassle. I would recommend Kyham to anyone. And it always goes back in the bag easily. I'll post a picture
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Post by rose49f on Wed Jun 12, 2013 9:12 am

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Re: New awning means fun to come.

Post by Annevan on Wed Jun 12, 2013 9:48 pm

Thank you Ladies.

The khyam sounds good. I'll investigate that.

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