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After some advice please. we've recently changed our caravan from a Bailey Olympus 460-2 to a Bailey Unicorn Madrid. We thought we would sell our old awning but after a few weeks of only scam enquiries its clear we probably wont and today the Powrtech engineer suggested we could get our existing awning extended to fit the new van.

 

having looked on line its clear there are several people who claim to make a good job of this so I'm seriously considering saving my money and keeping our Isabella Atlantic Ventura, only put up half a dozen times, and getting it extended.

 

The Olympus awning size was 950-ish. The Madrid is 1045cm.

 

My questions are:

  • Has anyone out there had this sort of extension done recently?
  • Who did it for you?
  • how well did it work?
  • Oh, and roughly what sort of price did you pay?

 

Thanks very much.

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Get in touch with Isabella. We changed caravans 5 years ago and they made a very good job of extending ours. I won't tell you the price as it is so long ago but their advice and quote may give you a starting point.

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AFAIK Isabella will modify an awning - probably their own, not sure about other makes. Dunno about any others. Have you investigated P/X?

 

We got a pretty good deal when we p/x'd our Ventura Cadet for out Ventura Marlin. It was even better because we'd got an excellent deal on the Cadet in the first place

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I've had awnings etc extended at http://triopair. com/ I would be tempted to phone them (or whoever you chose) and explain what size awning you have and what size you want to extend it to and ask if it would be ok (also ask price).

Paul B

. .......Mondeo Estate & Elddis Avanté 505 (Tobago)

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Our was extended by Isabella UK, probably now 10 years ago; it has been excellent and once the new triangles fitted in the roof have faded a touch it is completely impossible to see any difference.

There is a maximum size that can be done and the cost is not cheap but nor is the awning itself.

 

They are very easy and helpful people to talk to.

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A few years ago one of the local awning dealers also did p/x, I got quite a good price. A bit out of the way for you being in West Midlands, but there may be others nearer.

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I've had awnings etc extended at http://triopair. com/ I would be tempted to phone them (or whoever you chose) and explain what size awning you have and what size you want to extend it to and ask if it would be ok (also ask price).

 

I also had an awning (Trio) extended by Triopair - I'd be tempted not to ring them. C'est la vie. ;)

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We have always had Isabella. Once we had an awning extended by them many years ago and it was perfect, collection, alteration and re delivery which they organised. They have all the precise tooling and machinery and we would never go anywhere else. It's like having a Rolls Royce and taking it to a Ford dealer for repair/alteration whilst there is nothing wrong with a Ford dealer, Rolls Royce have everthing, all specialised tooling etc for THEIR own products. As to cost I cannot remember but they are only a phone call away.

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Go for Isabella service. Proper job using original materials. As good as a new one. Or you can still use your existing as a giant porch they do a pole and pads to make it happen. Look at PART AWNINGS on their web site pages for how to do it. We did that for years. Same awning. Three vans.

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Had our Bradcot done by http://www. canvasrepaircentre. com/ very good service and nice neat job. That was 3 years ago. No problems or leaks / good as new. Cost was less than a couple hundred pounds if I remember correctly.

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Hi all, we had our Isabella extended when we changed vans earlier this year. I understand that they actually keep material from various awnings for exactly this reason, modifications. If you contact Isabella by phone they will tell you if the extension is possible and the cost. Ours was extended by 50cm, which I believe is the most they will extend by. The cost was £280 including courier collection and delivery. The result was only noticeable as the corners that were replaced were very slightly darker, and I mean very slightly, barley noticeable. Overall we are very happy with the work and the customer service.

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If the difference is 950 to 1050 and the limit is 50 then it probably can't be happily extended. I've just sold my 900 Isabella Ambassador after a long wait and many scam enquiries. It couldn't be extended for the 1050 I now need. Check it out with Isabella, they'll put you right.

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There is the potential to convert a too small a full awning to a part awning, what I call a Combi.

 

The awning runs in the rail almost all the way round but drops out of the rail on one side. It works very well and we might be able to search links on doing this; Isabella made a kit once and might still do so.

 

 

Edit: here is Isabella's video on this:

 

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If the difference is 950 to 1050 and the limit is 50 then it probably can't be happily extended. I've just sold my 900 Isabella Ambassador after a long wait and many scam enquiries. It couldn't be extended for the 1050 I now need. Check it out with Isabella, they'll put you right.

 

As I recall it is 50cm per side ?? - but as already stated, best make the phone call ;)

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There is the potential to convert a too small a full awning to a part awning, what I call a Combi.

 

The awning runs in the rail almost all the way round but drops out of the rail on one side. It works very well and we might be able to search links on doing this; Isabella made a kit once and might still do so.

 

 

Edit: here is Isabella's video on this:

 

Amazing putting an awning up on ones own.

 

Regards the conversion the height measurement being the correct place to cut using same measurement along the edge if I were doing that would worry me.

 

To me I ended up wondering if he could open the door on that particular example.

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