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Oct 29, 2005
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Just took delivery of a bradcot awning and have been interested in what has been getting said about the tie downs, but also I am interested as I could not see anything about in whether or not the pads should be left on the awning after being positioned on its first erection.
 
Mar 14, 2005
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Hi Alan

I'm the guy who started the tie-down thread.

I assume you mean the the square pads which support the ends of the roof poles against the side of van. I leave them on the awning canvas when packing it away. They seem to stay in place okay. I bought some spare pads from my local dealer in case I loose any - I'm a "belt and braces" person

Incidentally a useful awning tip that I learnt this summer. If your awning rail has a wider, open sections, just below the roof level at each end, you can fit the roof part of the awning in their first and then slide the sides in downwards. It saves pulling the awning all the way round. I don't know if I'm a bit thick but I'd never thought of this in 7+ years of caravanning but a neighbour at New England Bay suggested this when we were putting up our awning there this summer.

Regards

Tim
 
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Hi Alan

I'm the guy who started the tie-down thread.

I assume you mean the the square pads which support the ends of the roof poles against the side of van. I leave them on the awning canvas when packing it away. They seem to stay in place okay. I bought some spare pads from my local dealer in case I loose any - I'm a "belt and braces" person

Incidentally a useful awning tip that I learnt this summer. If your awning rail has a wider, open sections, just below the roof level at each end, you can fit the roof part of the awning in their first and then slide the sides in downwards. It saves pulling the awning all the way round. I don't know if I'm a bit thick but I'd never thought of this in 7+ years of caravanning but a neighbour at New England Bay suggested this when we were putting up our awning there this summer.

Regards

Tim
Thanks for that wasn't sure if the pads would do damage when packing up, had a dorema before and the pads were totally removable so easily that it was never a problem., never tried the idea about using the roof area openings on the rail.
 
Jun 5, 2005
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Alan

Careful if you have a new awning as use of tie-down kits invalidates your warranty with Bradcot

We tend to take our pads off when taking the awning down,that is if you do mean the brackets which fix to the caravan side,and leave them handy in the van,saves any risk of them getting lost

Gill
 
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Hi Alan

I have a Bradcot awning and as Gill said using tie-downs invalidates the warranty, even so I use a tie-down, what I do is pass the tie-downs inside the awning over the frame, I don't know what Bradcot expect as I've had 2 incidents where the awning has blown down, and they give no advice on how to deal with it.

With regards to the pads, I too keep mine attached to the awning, they have a small clip to lock them in place.

Matthew