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I watched the erection video and was convinced of it's merits.
My first few attempts have not been straight forward . Opening the canopy is easy enough but the legs are sometimes not easy to put up. I've reread the instructions but I'm struggling to get the hinges to release the rafter bars. Sometimes straight forward another time not so. Perhaps I'm doing something wrong? I also find rolling the blind up is quite heavy for me on my own, and you have to make sure the canvas is tightly rolled otherwise it is too bulky and you have to repeat the operation.
I like the concept but I think the video oversimplified the operation.
I would have preferred the wind down version with a pole but my van walls weren't suitable the newer alutech build is needed. I have come to the conclusion it's expensive for what it is. Also disappointed to find a made in China on one item !
 
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I don’t have the same problem separating the leg from the rafter. But there is definitely a knack to the erection. Best done with two people.

Lower and hold out.
Extract legs and put feet on the ground
Raise about 18 inches
Locate one rafter and lock in
Same with the next rafter
Adjust and tighten

The problem I have is the spring nipples not locating as they should, I have replaced one which broke. They need checking that they are in the right position by pulling out the extending part of the rafter, and making sure the end is pushed fully home and the nipple is operating properly.

I have the very big one, 3.4 metres if I remember. I recently discovered that one of these

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which makes putting ot away sooo much easier.

I am considering upgrading to a wind out, the Dometic can bond to the van roof spreading the load and leaving thee awning channel free.

John
 
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I don’t have the same problem separating the leg from the rafter. But there is definitely a knack to the erection. Best done with two people.

Lower and hold out.
Extract legs and put feet on the ground
Raise about 18 inches
Locate one rafter and lock in
Same with the next rafter
Adjust and tighten

The problem I have is the spring nipples not locating as they should, I have replaced one which broke. They need checking that they are in the right position by pulling out the extending part of the rafter, and making sure the end is pushed fully home and the nipple is operating properly.

I have the very big one, 3.4 metres if I remember. I recently discovered that one of these

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which makes putting ot away sooo much easier.

I am considering upgrading to a wind out, the Dometic can bond to the van roof spreading the load and leaving thee awning channel free.

John
Hi John would the wind out one be a lot easier then i will have a look at one and see what difference in price :cool:
 
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Hi John would the wind out one be a lot easier then i will have a look at one and see what difference in price :cool:
Big difference in price. But a lot easier in my opinion. You would also need to check if your van can take the weight and what fitting is recommended. Look at Roseawnings for more info and pictures. They do a fitting service but they are not the only ones. They have good pictures on their site.

Also, when you part with your van the brackets would have to be left on the roof.

John
 
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Big difference in price. But a lot easier in my opinion. You would also need to check if your van can take the weight and what fitting is recommended. Look at Roseawnings for more info and pictures. They do a fitting service but they are not the only ones. They have good pictures on their site.

Also, when you part with your van the brackets would have to be left on the roof.

John
Hi John well we could wait until we upgrade to a 4 berth and save up for it and thanks for link nice pictures :)
 

Ern

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We considered which brand and which version for some time before choosing the Thule Omnistore. (type1200). Same sort of thing as the Fiamma Caravanstore. We have used the Omnistore a few times now and are getting the hang of it. I am 5'6" and my wife is 5'3", and wer'e in our 70's. I knew we were not going to be tall enough, so modified a (2 step) stepladder to give a height of 50cm for me to safely step on to while rolling/unrolling the last bit of the canvas. My wife helps by using the caravan step to support one end of the roll. Folding the legs and engaging the rafters is the tricky bit for me, as the location is so high up, and I am nervous about crunching the side of the caravan with the rafter. We are quite OK with it though, after 3 or 4 times using it. Ours is the 3.0M version and weighs 10Kg. We like it and think it's a good piece of kit. We will buy an end blocker for our France tour next year.
 
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I don’t have the same problem separating the leg from the rafter. But there is definitely a knack to the erection. Best done with two people.

Lower and hold out.
Extract legs and put feet on the ground
Raise about 18 inches
Locate one rafter and lock in
Same with the next rafter
Adjust and tighten

The problem I have is the spring nipples not locating as they should, I have replaced one which broke. They need checking that they are in the right position by pulling out the extending part of the rafter, and making sure the end is pushed fully home and the nipple is operating properly.

I have the very big one, 3.4 metres if I remember. I recently discovered that one of these

View attachment 2287
which makes putting ot away sooo much easier.

I am considering upgrading to a wind out, the Dometic can bond to the van roof spreading the load and leaving thee awning channel free.

John
A very handy item to own
 
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We have the almost identical layout to that Beachball(Unicorn Cadiz),although our wardrobe is in the washroom,and on your photo,the tall fridge is where it shows the wardrobe.
 
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Correction to post #2. I said we were looking at a Dometic as it could be bonded to the roof. Should have said Thule Omnistor. It was a couple of years ago we looked.

John
 
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I don’t have the same problem separating the leg from the rafter. But there is definitely a knack to the erection. Best done with two people.

Lower and hold out.
Extract legs and put feet on the ground
Raise about 18 inches
Locate one rafter and lock in
Same with the next rafter
Adjust and tighten

The problem I have is the spring nipples not locating as they should, I have replaced one which broke. They need checking that they are in the right position by pulling out the extending part of the rafter, and making sure the end is pushed fully home and the nipple is operating properly.

I have the very big one, 3.4 metres if I remember. I recently discovered that one of these

View attachment 2287
which makes putting ot away sooo much easier.

I am considering upgrading to a wind out, the Dometic can bond to the van roof spreading the load and leaving thee awning channel free.

John
Friends of ours had an electric one fitted to their motorhome and it woudl wind out okay however then setting it up became a major problem as instructions were very sparse. I think they only used it once before selling the motorhome. It was a make that I had never heard of which is probably why it was cheaper than other known brand makes and they woudl travel from Kent to Worcester to do the fitment.
 
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Friends of ours had an electric one fitted to their motorhome and it woudl wind out okay however then setting it up became a major problem as instructions were very sparse. I think they only used it once before selling the motorhome. It was a make that I had never heard of which is probably why it was cheaper than other known brand makes and they woudl travel from Kent to Worcester to do the fitment.
The Thule I am looking at has an electric option. I think it’s unnecessary, I crave for the wind out.

John
 
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The Thule I am looking at has an electric option. I think it’s unnecessary, I crave for the wind out.

John
I think the electric option is the better choice. Our friend's issue was with connecting the sides, but he had more money than sense and it was their first MH. LOL!
 
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I think the electric option on the Thule can be added latter if wanted. But looking it others, the wind out seems easy enough.

John
 

Ern

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Be careful to identify the weight of the model you are interested in, I mean for the length you want. The wind out versions are a good bit heavier than the roll-out version. The long ones are around 20KG.
 
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Be careful to identify the weight of the model you are interested in, I mean for the length you want. The wind out versions are a good bit heavier than the roll-out version. The long ones are around 20KG.
Good point, but I think they start at 20 kg and. A 4.5 metre is about 33!

John
 

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