Awning Reviews

Discussion in 'Camping Australia' started by jangle63, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. Syncro27

    Syncro27 Well-Known Member

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    Love this bus and you just keep making ot better.

    Well done again!
     
  2. mickey

    mickey New Member

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    Ozzie
    Just checking out the awnings. Really like your set up. Nice.

    How does the awning attach to the kombi pop top, is it permenant or can it be removed when you are home.

    look forward to hearing from you
    Cheers
     
  3. Ozzie

    Ozzie Member

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    Yea thx its a mates setup he has his on permenant .
     
  4. Bron&Bill

    Bron&Bill New Member

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    We picked this one up for $250. Best purchase we've made in a long time. It slides onto the kombi but is easily detached for driving away. We sometimes separate the annexe from the van and put a tarp in between. Makes an ideal bedroom for the daughter and plenty of room under the awning for a kitchen. [​IMG]
     
  5. grumble

    grumble Active Member

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    I am glad it was all good and fitted well Bron,I'll have to get onto Rossie he still owes me a beer!:lol: :lol: :lol: Cheers Les
     
  6. Bron&Bill

    Bron&Bill New Member

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    Thanks again Les. We have been using it almost every weekend. Do you think we should put it up at the kombi fest and are you going to be there this year?
     
  7. milly

    milly Active Member

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    Outwell Coastal Road tent, Has anyone got one ???

    We are looking at buying a tent for the side if Milly, I have noticed Justkampers has a Bundle kit of the Big Coastal road tent for $854.00 that comes with an inner tent and padded flooring, has anyone purchased one of these set ups ? if so how do you rate it ? and what are its pro's and con's ?

    Just one option we are considering, I know its not from Roy but I cant find any tents on Roy's site, please anyhelp on this would be appreciated as we need to get a tent before Valla:umm:
     
  8. Syncro27

    Syncro27 Well-Known Member

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    We have our Outwell Mountain Road Driveaway awning and it is great. It hasnt rained since we have used it - didnt even rain @ Old Bar - might be a drought maker but I hear they dont leak. My old JK Spacemaker from Roy didnt leak either except through the floor corners when a river flowed through the tent but this one looks even more water tight.

    I need to watch the video of how to put it up as I am not good at reading instructions.

    These are a really good size with great ventilation to cool them down.

    I would recommend them to anyone.

    Easy to attach and detach with the figure 8 plastic strips.
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  9. steve_4802

    steve_4802 Active Member

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    I've just had an awning made and thought it would be of value to someone.
    I very much struggled to find something that was suited to the car and didn't result in it looking bog when not in use. I settled on a kombi awning by Platinum Trimming on the Gold Coast for about $800. It is supported at the jacking point and engine mount and takes about 10 minutes to casually put up and pull down. When down, I store the awning canvas behind the drivers seat in front of the bulkhead and the pole bag behind the seat (snugged in the 100mm gap between the seat back and the rock and roll matress over the engine) so lose no proper usable space. Also, fixed with a sail track rivetted under the pop top so nothing at all visible when the pop is down and the awning is not in use.

    Not for everyone as it's still not as simple as a roll away awning permanently mounted to the side of the van. Also, not too cheap either. But I like supporting the smaller operators, and for me, I'm happier with something that doesn't compromise the look of the car.

    I've attached a pic below:
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  10. Luckyphil

    Luckyphil Well-Known Member

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    Very nice, like the way the poles are out of the way. Is there provision for ropes to hold it if there is strong wind. Would love some shots of the frame work only with no canvas attached.
     
  11. steve_4802

    steve_4802 Active Member

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    Yeah, two pegs with guy ropes provided for when breezy. Ill try to get more pis at some stage. Can't show frame without canvas on as the frames hang off the canvas at the side of the car. Difficult to explain without seeing it. Pretty elegant design though.
     
  12. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Sweet Sue bought me an Oztrail RV awning for Christmas. Fitted it up for Berry & thought I'd post some pics :

    This is the model, it's the same as previously posted by Mick / Ozzie :
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    Slim when rolled up for travelling:
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    Plenty of room:
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  13. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Can be used with pop-top up or down:
    [​IMG]




    I'm really impressed with the quality & build of this awning. I was going to remove it for day to day travel but it so neat & compact I think I'll leave it on.
    I mounted it on some 3mm thick white, nitrile rubber to cushion against the fibreglass with 4 sets of 2 bolts along the length of the track. Oztrail supply 4 bolts & 2 roof rack brackets with the unit, however I mounted it direct to the canopy & wanted additional support.
    Comes with all guys & pegs required to hold it secure when windy too.
    Cheers, Mark
     
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  14. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Bit of stainless to support the scissor struts when the pop-top is up, added weight of the awning is juuust a little too much for the struts without help :

    [​IMG]

    Quick & easy to install & remove, I utilised the existing holes in the struts & swaged up some fittings to suit - all up cost around $15....

    These awnings are great for a weekend getaway when you don't really need to set up a tent for a longer stay......easily covers 2 x chairs, a table with plenty of room all 'round.
    Having the additional head room is great as you don't have to duck under the edge of a canvas or like.
    All the poles etc. are telescopic, cam-lock set up so you don't have to put anything together....just unzip the cover, unfurl the awning, drop the poles - horizontal & vertical, lock'em off & that's it.
    About 5 min from start to finish.
    Cheers, Mark
     
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  15. Phat Bug

    Phat Bug Member

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    I just bought one of these, have you got anymore feedback?
     
  16. vwfreak03

    vwfreak03 Well-Known Member

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    Yes....bloody useless, leaks even in a drizzle,fell over in a light wind,very hard to set up,weak poles, never fits back in the bag....

    What more can I can say.........:rolleyes:

    Apart from only joking....i hear they are very good :D
     
  17. vwfreak03

    vwfreak03 Well-Known Member

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    Forgot I wrote that......

    Guess what.....just bought one last night....will put a review up once I have used it
     
  18. vwfreak03

    vwfreak03 Well-Known Member

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    Jk has a clearance sale on the outwell mountain road tent with inside sleeping tent for $350 with free postage....thats more than 50% 0ff as it was over $700 for the same thing.

    Thought id let you know
     
  19. Syncro27

    Syncro27 Well-Known Member

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    Sorry,

    Didnt see this come up again till now.

    I find them great - huge inside - enough room for 1 daughter in a stretcher bed, camp kitchen bags, toys and plenty of other crap and has a really good door system on the sides with flyscreens and a hood over the door (which you hit your head on each time - but I have a hard head so I wasnt worried (wife complained a lot about messing her hair up).

    The tent is easy to set up and can be done by one person - preferably not on a windy day yet possible.

    The floor zips in making it easy to clean - just unzip a part of the floor and sweep out then zip up again.

    Handled a fairly heavy overnight storm well on the Gold Coast Bus Stop this year without leaks - we were in the flood zone too. (I was worried about the flood zone - not the tent so we put both daughters in the van that night. But no water came in.
     
  20. Airfireman

    Airfireman Active Member

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    Oldman...great pic's...I was considering fitting an awning to a roof rack but I will look at directly fitting awning to poptop now.

    Cheers

    Tim
     

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