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  1. You cannot expect a lightweight fabric to last as long as the heavier fabrics. UV light does terrible things to lightweight fabrics over time. Do not expect any lightweight awning to survive many seasons if it up for the entire summer (even English summers). Of course, many people find that premium awnings last longer than they keep the caravan!
  2. I am also optimistic. Optimistic that the legislation to ban production of IC engined cars and ban installation of mains gas in new homes will be overturned before it brings the country completely to its knees.
  3. I did once replace some timber framing with fibreglass, made into tubes by wrapping around garden hose, with wooden blocks embedded to fix wallboards to. All done from the inside to avoid disturbing the awning track. It survived for one season before I discovered that the rest of the van was just too far gone to rescue.
  4. True, but no matter how much capacity you have for moving electricity around, it's no use if you can't generate enough. And just how far are they away from oofle dust production on a commercial scale?
  5. Don't underestimate the "where" question! The world is not even close to meeting that challenge either, nor the environmental challenges of even trying.
  6. Don't you just love blind optimism! In a few years the line will be "We could have done if somebody had given us enough money"! Meanwhile, in the real world, in the post covid era, who is going to have the investment capital to make these things happen?
  7. There have been many such "breakthroughs" over the years and a few have even made it as far as usable, commercial products. Time will tell for this one! Still leaves a few huge challenges though, like distribution and generation infrastructure to name but two. Cue entire EV debate.........
  8. Exactly what you need to buy depends on what you already have, what you intend to replace it with and where you intend to put it. I did the same job a few years ago, and I replaced a status "flying saucer" with a Status directional setup. I actually mounted the new kit through the blanking plate. You can buy a blanking plate to cover the existing holes and a complete kit for the new one. You will need to think about where to fit it to give enough clearance underneath for the mechanism and handle, and this may also affect which kit you need to buy.
  9. To some extent you are comparing apples and pears, as you would see if you saw them erected in a showroom. The Kampa is a medium weight traditional awning re-designed with air tubes instead of poles. The Prima is a lightweight hoop awning, likewise re-designed with air tubes. Kampa is one of the big names Prima much less so, with awnings you always pay extra for a big name.
  10. You really need to wait until the restrictions are eased and then go and look at them!
  11. Sounds like a plan, but remember that anything like a full sized electric oven uses a lot of electricity, and even on a 16A hookup you would find yourself having to watch how many amps you are using. Forget using the oven, a kettle and the water heater at the same time!
  12. Typically caravan ovens are set for maximum economy of gas, so even if they are at the right temperature they take ages to get back up to temp if you put cold food in!
  13. Absolutely, chassis are pure AL-KO, most interior equipment is from a very limited range of third party suppliers and most of the fittings can either be fabricated from scratch or other maker's fittings can be adapted and even exterior panels and ends can often be repaired, even though a warranty or insurance repair would normally mean a new panel.
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