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Post by davecrawf Mon Apr 19, 2021 10:37 pm

Does anyone have experience of fitting front and side screens to the roll out canopy on a Broadway EK, such as the type from Lillypad?
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Post by inspiredron Tue Apr 20, 2021 12:23 am

Lillypads are very useful but don't expect to leave them up while away from the van or at night. Simply hanging the sides from an expanding clothes line prop wedged between the van side and the front rafter of the canopy is somewhat insecure. They are useful for keeping out draughts though and take up very little space when not being used.

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Post by burlingtonboaby Tue Apr 20, 2021 6:03 am

Hi Dave
Welcome to the forum from Bridington.
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Post by davecrawf Tue Apr 20, 2021 9:29 am

inspiredron wrote:Lillypads are very useful but don't expect to leave them up while away from the van or at night. Simply hanging the sides from an expanding clothes line prop wedged between the van side and the front rafter of the canopy is somewhat insecure. They are useful for keeping out draughts though and take up very little space when not being used.
Thank Ron,

Really appreciated the advice. 

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Post by Paramedic Tue Apr 20, 2021 3:40 pm

Hi davecrawf, we purchased same for our previous Broadway ES and inspiredron has given the basic principle on the design. It proved most useful say on a late summer's afternoon into the evening when it got chilly, allowing you to reside outside protected from the cooling breeze. It fits on a 3.5 metre awning rail. Now we have changed our van, it is for sale if you are interested. Regards.

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Post by Paramedic Tue Apr 20, 2021 3:42 pm

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Post by davecrawf Tue Apr 20, 2021 4:53 pm

Paramedic wrote:[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]That looks excellent and would definitely be interested in your offer.

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Post by davecrawf Tue Apr 20, 2021 5:02 pm

Paramedic wrote:Hi davecrawf, we purchased same for our previous Broadway ES and inspiredron has given the basic principle on the design. It proved most useful say on a late summer's afternoon into the evening when it got chilly, allowing you to reside outside protected from the cooling breeze. It fits on a 3.5 metre awning rail. Now we have changed our van, it is for sale if you are interested. Regards.
I am definitely interested in your offer.
I have tried to send you my email address, however as a new member to the forum I cannot do this.
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Post by Paramedic Tue Apr 20, 2021 8:36 pm

Further davecrawf, I've sent you a pm.

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Post by davecrawf Fri Apr 23, 2021 12:11 pm

Paramedic wrote:Further davecrawf, I've sent you a pm.
Hi Simon, 

I have sent you an email. You may need to check your spam folder. 
Admin are not letting me respond to your PM's

Cheers 

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Post by gpilky Sat Apr 24, 2021 5:32 pm

Hi Dave,

You could take a look at Thule Smartpanels (if your wind-out is Thule). You can get different sizes of panels depending on the configuration of your set-up.

The side panels come with a tension rafter they helps stabilise the awning. I only got one side so I bought an extra rafter for stability.

New lockdown purchase so haven't tried them in earnest yet.......

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Post by Caraman Sun Apr 25, 2021 10:07 am

gpilky wrote:Hi Dave,

You could take a look at Thule Smartpanels (if your wind-out is Thule). You can get different sizes of panels depending on the configuration of your set-up.

The side panels come with a tension rafter they helps stabilise the awning. I only got one side so I bought an extra rafter for stability.

New lockdown purchase so haven't tried them in earnest yet.......

Gary
I'm interested in the tension rafter.  My awning has sockets for a rafter at either end presumably for end Smart Panels to hang off.  Do you know if the rafter that fits into these sockets is the same as the Thule G2 rafter which is bought to tension the awning and comes with its own sockets?
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Post by davecrawf Sun Apr 25, 2021 5:05 pm

My canopy is not a Thule. In fact I cannot determine the manufacturer. However I am just awaiting delivery of a Lillypad from one of our ASOC members. 

Thanks to everyone for their advice. 

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Post by Caraman Sun Apr 25, 2021 5:39 pm

The Thule Omnistore seems to be one A-S fit now.  My question about the Thule rafters was for Gary/gpilky who has them.
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Post by gpilky Mon Apr 26, 2021 10:43 am

Caraman wrote:The Thule Omnistore seems to be one A-S fit now.  My question about the Thule rafters was for Gary/gpilky who has them.
Hi Caraman,

Sorry for not getting back to you earlier. The Tension Rafter G2 came with a variety of adaptors that you choose depending on the canopy model. The User Manual and Spare Parts list are [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] . You should be able to find out everything you need to know from there.

The rafter on the Smart Panel did not need any adapter and fitted directly on my van to the connections already there - I looked at buying a spare instead of the Tension Rafter but they were hugely expensive. The Tension Rafter did need one of the adapters.

By the way, some sites advertise them but don't have them in stock. There appears to be limited supply from Thule. I got mine from Hillview Awnings, and they did have everything in stock.

Hope this helps - let me know if I can help further

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Post by Caraman Mon Apr 26, 2021 1:06 pm

gpilky wrote:
Caraman wrote:The Thule Omnistore seems to be one A-S fit now.  My question about the Thule rafters was for Gary/gpilky who has them.
Hi Caraman,

Sorry for not getting back to you earlier. The Tension Rafter G2 came with a variety of adaptors that you choose depending on the canopy model. The User Manual and Spare Parts list are [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] . You should be able to find out everything you need to know from there.

The rafter on the Smart Panel did not need any adapter and fitted directly on my van to the connections already there - I looked at buying a spare instead of the Tension Rafter but they were hugely expensive. The Tension Rafter did need one of the adapters.

By the way, some sites advertise them but don't have them in stock. There appears to be limited supply from Thule. I got mine from Hillview Awnings, and they did have everything in stock.

Hope this helps - let me know if I can help further

Gary
Thanks Gary.  Really helpful.  So I take it that the G2 tension rafter is't quite the same as the rafter that comes with the side panel which is a more expensive rafter than the G2.  Is it your intention to put the G2 into the existing connections on the opposite side to your side panel so you have a rafter at each side?  My Nuevo has the shortest awning of all.  Do you reckon one G2 fitted to the centre is all that will be required to tension it?  The CAMC shop seems to have the best deal on the G2 at the moment.
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Post by gpilky Mon Apr 26, 2021 3:01 pm

I'm not sure whether a single rafter in the middle would be enough and did wonder if it would be a more even tension with a rafter at both ends. Not to say it won't work - I guess you can get one to try it and add another if it doesn't work out. I thought i saw somewhere that if the canopy it not very long you can't put a rafter in the middle - but perhaps this was a third leg. Probably best to check.

Having said this, as I had a rafter at one side with the side panel, it made more sense for me to have a second at the other side too to keep it even. I've tried it on the drive and it seemed fine, but yet to try in earnest on a site..... 

I only wanted a side-panel and a short section at the front to form a sort of 'cosy-corner'. As the rafter for the side panel has grooves in my original plan was to by a second grooved rafter for the other side too so I could swap the sides quickly if I wanted to (the Tension Rafter G2 doesn't have the grooves!).
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Post by Caraman Mon Apr 26, 2021 3:58 pm

gpilky wrote:I'm not sure whether a single rafter in the middle would be enough and did wonder if it would be a more even tension with a rafter at both ends. Not to say it won't work - I guess you can get one to try it and add another if it doesn't work out. I thought i saw somewhere that if the canopy it not very long you can't put a rafter in the middle - but perhaps this was a third leg. Probably best to check.

Having said this, as I had a rafter at one side with the side panel, it made more sense for me to have a second at the other side too to keep it even. I've tried it on the drive and it seemed fine, but yet to try in earnest on a site..... 

I only wanted a side-panel and a short section at the front to form a sort of 'cosy-corner'. As the rafter for the side panel has grooves in my original plan was to by a second grooved rafter for the other side too so I could swap the sides quickly if I wanted to (the Tension Rafter G2 doesn't have the grooves!).
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