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Hi all thinking of getting these but father in law says they damage paint work, have seen on some other forums that decals have come off when attaching to the sticker, and also when paint seal is on doesn’t do it any favours, these reviews where all from new release. Just wondering if anyone has used them recently and had any of the above issues? My van hasn’t got paint seal on.....

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My Kampa wheel arch cover has them with no problems.

For rear of awning I used the accessory poles rather than buy limpets.


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Never had a problem with them marking the paint, they are pretty good but tend to break quite easily.

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As everyone says, they generally present no problems. However, you should avoid attaching them to decals as they can pull them away.

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8 minutes ago, David 38 said:

My Kampa wheel arch cover has them with no problems.

For rear of awning I used the accessory poles rather than buy limpets.

I have the poles but thought they maybe tighter?

6 minutes ago, Steve05 said:

Never had a problem with them marking the paint, they are pretty good but tend to break quite easily.

From tightening up too much? Or with wind?

5 minutes ago, Legal Eagle said:

As everyone says, they generally present no problems. However, you should avoid attaching them to decals as they can pull them away.

Yes I had seen that but didn’t know if the damaged caught on the paint work, was due to the paint seal stuff some vans have on them

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2 minutes ago, Cadej88 said:

Yes I had seen that but didn’t know if the damaged caught on the paint work, was due to the paint seal stuff some vans have on them

Never experienced damage or marking to the sealed paint finish. 

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No issues with the ones I use for my wheel cover.  I wouldn't go putting them on decals, but I'd of thought that was fairly obvious.

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These limpets were THE caravan accessory about 12 months ago, but as the weeks went by more and more complaints were appearing on social media - and it has now come to a point where a high percentage of the comments about them are negative.

 

Problems include damage to the caravan walls, limpets not holding in even slightly windy conditions, decal damage, ripped awning material, not sticking to certain types of van wall, the extra cost of the hole-maker, and the fact that they break very easily.

 

The only thing positive you can say about them is that they are fairly cheap.

 

Apparently many caravanners have found a better product available from IKEA, at about the same price.

 

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7 minutes ago, Cadej88 said:

From tightening up too much? Or with wind?

From over-tightening but the thread stud also goes brittle.  

 

Having got through quite a number of limpets over the course of a couple years (8 for the awning sides and two for the wheel arch cover in use at any one time) I went instead for IKEA ‘Stukvig’ suction cup hooks with a metal stud.  (now discontinued).

 

These will do the same job, have stainless steel threads and only cost £7.33 for 8 from Amazon

 

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They damage aluminium sided caravans. On our 2019 Bailey no problems at all. 
I don’t put them on the decals though!


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3 minutes ago, ReggiePerrin said:

From over-tightening but the thread stud also goes brittle.  

 

Having got through quite a number of limpets over the course of a couple years (8 for the awning sides and two for the wheel arch cover in use at any one time) I went instead for IKEA ‘Stukvig’ suction cup hooks with a metal stud.  (now discontinued).

 

These will do the same job, have stainless steel threads and only cost £7.33 for 8 from Amazon

 

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Ahhh ok thank you

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5 minutes ago, Johnaldo said:

Problems include damage to the caravan walls, limpets not holding in even slightly windy conditions, decal damage, ripped awning material, not sticking to certain types of van wall, the extra cost of the hole-maker, and the fact that they break very easily.

 

Never had any of these problems apart from ‘break very easily’.  My awing and wheel arch cover came with holes already punched for use with Limpets which had to be purchased separately.  No damage to caravan and the ones I use now stay put.

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1 minute ago, PR1 said:

They damage aluminium sided caravans. On our 2019 Bailey no problems at all. 
I don’t put them on the decals though!

I’ve got a 2020 swift would it be plastic?

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I Used them last year. Out of the 4 each side I could only use 2 either side. This was due to Decals and jointing on side of the van.

I have just had a set sent from Kampa. It states on each limpet from new NOT to put on decals


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27 minutes ago, Cadej88 said:

I’ve got a 2020 swift would it be plastic?


Yes (well, GRP). I use them on a 2018 Swift with GRP sides and they are fine. The trick is to keep the face of them clean, don’t use them on decals and only tighten them to a point where you’re convinced they’re nowhere near tight enough. They will be. I’ve used them for four years, broke a couple early on but soon got the feel for how tight to tighten them.

 

You can buy a punch to put new holes in the awning if they’re in the wrong place.

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5 minutes ago, GaryB1969 said:


Yes (well, GRP). I use them on a 2018 Swift with GRP sides and they are fine. The trick is to keep the face of them clean, don’t use them on decals and only tighten them to a point where you’re convinced they’re nowhere near tight enough. They will be. I’ve used them for four years, broke a couple early on but soon got the feel for how tight to tighten them.

 

You can buy a punch to put new holes in the awning if they’re in the wrong place.

Do you use the poles too or just limpets?

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I used them briefly when they first came out. I found they left marks on my aluminium sides, which did polish out, and on my plastic wheel arches. After no end of cleaning and polishing, there is STILL the faintest witness mark on my wheel arch. 
 

To add insult to injury, I found they didn’t grip very tightly and popped off easily. Utter rubbish in my opinion. 

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35 minutes ago, Cadej88 said:

Do you use the poles too or just limpets?

When I bought the awning, along with every other accessory for it, I bought a pair of Kampa Deluxe rear poles... 

 

...they are still sealed in the packaging they came in :)  

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45 minutes ago, ReggiePerrin said:

When I bought the awning, along with every other accessory for it, I bought a pair of Kampa Deluxe rear poles... 

 

...they are still sealed in the packaging they came in :)  

I bought them to use on a not so cheap but not so good air awning..... so had them before I got my Kampa, but thought using those and the lempits would really keep awning snug to van

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1 hour ago, Cadej88 said:

Do you use the poles too or just limpets?


Just the limpets, three on each side.

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I've recently bought a set of poles. Not had chance to try them out yet


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They definitely did mark the paintwork on our old Swift (alloy sides) with my Kampa 390 so I stopped using them .I’ve never used them on my current Bailey but that has GRP sides so maybe they wouldn’t , also I don’t need to as we’ve now got the Kampa Frontier ..no wind or rain can get down the sides.

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9 hours ago, Cadej88 said:

I’ve got a 2020 swift would it be plastic?

Yes


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8 hours ago, JanandJay said:

I've recently bought a set of poles. Not had chance to try them out yet

Poles work well to be honest but I just wanted that extra piece of mind

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I use limpets on our 2012 Sterling Elite and have done for a couple of years.

 

My observations: -

 

  1.  If you get a good seal, they hold very well - even in strong winds.
  2. You need to clean the rubber suction cup of contamination every time they are fitted.
  3. The Kampa ones are rubbish. I had 12 and they have all broken. Bought a generic one from eBay, look identical without the Kampa logo, and have not had one break since, they are much stronger (even though they have a plastic thread still).
  4. I have stuck to decals (and windows in one instance) without any damage to either.
  5. They don't work on the transition between decal and body due to the slight gap.

All in all, I wouldn't be without them and would not use poles again.

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