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We were all set to buy a Fiamma Caravan Store Zip sun canopy / awning, but have just realised that there isn't enough space for it to rest against the side of the caravan when it's zipped in it's bag because of the outside light. It would mean that the bag would rest on top of the light - not a good idea we feel. So question for anyone out there with these. Has anyone else had the same problem?

 

My husband suggested that we ask the dealer to move the light down a little bit to allow enough room for the canopy, has any one had this done? Seems a bit drastic but we were really keen on the new Caravan Store Zip which we could use as an awning when needed or sun canopy at weekends.

 

Not sure now what to do!!!!

 

Thanks in advance!

 

Jog

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Had the same problem with ours and moved the lamps down. We had the old style 6" square lamps and replaced them with Oblong ones which are not so tall so only had to drop an inch. ..it's a straight forward job

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Our carastore rests on the light and again not had any problems in the 2 years we have had it, and we have covered quite a few thousand miles from Cornwall to Thurso.

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We were all set to buy a Fiamma Caravan Store Zip sun canopy / awning, but have just realised that there isn't enough space for it to rest against the side of the caravan when it's zipped in it's bag because of the outside light. It would mean that the bag would rest on top of the light - not a good idea we feel. So question for anyone out there with these.   Has anyone else had the same problem?

 

My husband suggested that we ask the dealer to move the light down a little bit to allow enough room for the canopy, has any one had this done? Seems a bit drastic but we were really keen on the new Caravan Store Zip which we could use as an awning when needed or sun canopy at weekends.

 

Not sure now what to do!!!!

 

Thanks in advance!

 

Jog

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We had exactly the same concerns with ours and so purchased a Hella awning lamp(as fitted by Swift) which only protudes by 10mm. However, as ours has a boat roof there was not enough clearance above the door. The item is on E-Bay incidentally. The awning lamp is a Britax and so far we have not had any problems. Give it try before spending any more money. (I should have measured first and bought second).

 

Please report back on the Caravanstor Zip. We are very pleased with the Caravanstor but will need a porch awning for winter trips. A Zip could be the answer.

 

Mike

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Hi Jog,

 

Our caravanstore rest on the awning light but no problems too date after 5K miles.

 

Yossa

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No problems with ours resting on the light after 9K miles (Mid Italy and back 3 times) plus running about over here. Any advance?

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Dear All!

 

Thank you for all your replies, I think we will probably get it and if we have any problems with the light then get it moved when the van has it's service.

Once again Thank you for all your help now we've got to see how good a deal we can find on the Caravanstore Zip!

 

Jog.

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Dear All!

 

Thank you for all your replies, I think we will probably get it and if we have any problems with the light then get it moved when the van has it's service.

Once again Thank you for all your help now we've got to see how good a deal we can find on the Caravanstore Zip!

 

Jog.

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2. 8 Zip £300 0 bids 3 days to go.

 

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Thanks Mike,

 

Unfortunatly it's not the right size for us, the one on e-bay is last years model and we weren't sure we liked all that clear plastic. In this years Fiamma catalogue the design has changed slightly, with smaller windows and curtains. However I haven't been able to find anybody who actually has one on display and for the amount we'll end up spending on it I want to see before I buy!

 

Thank you for the thought though,

 

Jog.

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Thanks Mike,

 

Unfortunatly it's not the right size for us, the one on e-bay is last years model and we weren't sure we liked all that clear plastic. In this years Fiamma catalogue the design has changed slightly, with smaller windows and curtains. However I haven't been able to find anybody who actually has one on display and for the amount we'll end up spending on it I want to see before I buy!

 

Thank you for the thought though,

 

Jog.

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Just returned from the show at G-Mex Manchester where we spent some time looking at the Caravan Store - Zip. We were told the '05 models will include curtains, window nets and better materials but that none would be available in the UK until sometime in March. We were talking to a guy from Camperlands who reckoned that they are one of biggest UK Fiamma dealers (does that mean he knows what he is talking about- hope so!) They were cutting some deals on 04 stock, but we'll be waiting for 05 stock.

 

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Just returned from the show at G-Mex Manchester where we spent some time looking at the Caravan Store - Zip. We were told the '05 models will include curtains, window nets and better materials but that none would be available in the UK until sometime in March. We were talking to a guy from Camperlands who reckoned that they are one of biggest UK Fiamma dealers (does that mean he knows what he is talking about- hope so!) They were cutting some deals on 04 stock, but we'll be waiting for 05 stock.

 

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I have to say that the ease and speed of putting one of these up appeals to me for a weekend break particularly as its just me and 2 kids in tow. What puts me off though is the look of the thing. Looks like one of thoes cheap greenhouse style conservatories although I have to admit I've not seen one in the flesh. If the 05 model is aesthetically more pleasing (and better quality) I may blow the dust off my wallet this spring! Hopefully the 05 model will be on display at the NEC

 

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David, Callum and Connor

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Has anyone managed to see the 2005 version of the Caravanstore Zip? If so was it any good? We haven't managed to go to the NEC and I've been unable to find a dealer near to us who sells it. I would be really interested as to what you think.

 

Needless to say we're still trying to decide between, full awning, sun canopy, Caravanstore Zip, porch awning etc, etc etc!!

The Zip seems a really good option but I'm not paying that much money for something sight unseen.

 

Thanks

Jog

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Sorry to butt in on this thread but can someone explain the difference between the original Caravanstore and the Caravanstore Zip. I can see that the Zip comes with fronts and sides but my understanding is that you can buy these separately for the original Caravanstore. Is there any difference in weight when its on the side of the van whilst towing? Sorry for so many questions but have been thinking about one for a while, especially as we do more touring and stopping for a few days it would obviously be even easier that a sun canopy.

 

Thanks

 

David

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Sorry to butt in on this thread but can someone explain the difference between the original Caravanstore and the Caravanstore Zip. I can see that the Zip comes with fronts and sides but my understanding is that you can buy these separately for the original Caravanstore. Is there any difference in weight when its on the side of the van whilst towing? Sorry for so many questions but have been thinking about one for a while, especially as we do more touring and stopping for a few days it would obviously be even easier that a sun canopy. Thanks David

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The Caravanstor Zip has zips on the front and sides to form a complete awning whereas on the Caravanstor the ends are just hung on the poles and so is not windproof (but it will cut the breeze down a fair bit). I think this could be the ideal solution. We have a Caravanstore and it takes 3 minutes to roll it out and peg it down and about the same to put it back. Mike

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Mike

 

Thanks for that. Its seems a massive difference in price. I think the ordinary Caravanstore would be OK for us with a side and perhaps Margaret could make a screen for the front to defuse sunlight. I was thinking about it for our European travels when we might only stay for 2 or 3 days.

 

David

David - Milton Keynes

Bailey Alliance 66-2 Motorhome for holidays and a Kia Venga for home.

 

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Has anyone managed to see the 2005 version of the Caravanstore Zip? If so was it any good? We haven't managed to go to the NEC and I've been unable to find a dealer near to us who sells it. I would be really interested as to what you think.

 

Needless to say we're still trying to decide between, full awning, sun canopy, Caravanstore Zip, porch awning etc, etc etc!!

The Zip seems a really good option but I'm not paying that much money for something sight unseen.

 

Thanks

Jog

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I mentioned in an earlier reply that we'd seen the Caravanstore Zip at GMEX show. The apearance of the '05 models seems much improved, curtains, window nets etc. It certainly does not have the rather utilitarian appearance of earlier models. As I was in the wrong place at the wrong time and asking questions I found myself 'voluteered' to help with a demonstration. It was very easy to handle. I think we'll be getting one of these for our van. Luckily we live near Camperlands who seem to be one of the main agents for Fiamma.

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Mike

 

Thanks for that. Its seems a massive difference in price. I think the ordinary Caravanstore would be OK for us with a side and perhaps Margaret could make a screen for the front to defuse sunlight. I was thinking about it for our European travels when we might only stay for 2 or 3 days.

 

David

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We have only used our Fiamma Caravanstore whilst abroad for the last 3 years. They will never replace an awing but for ease of erection and instant shelter, either from sun or rain, they are excellent. With one side fitted on the prevailing wind end, they do offer some protection from slightly angled rain but it will splash in. Just make sure that the roof is well angled to provide a good runoff. We arrived back one day to find a bellied roof full of water after a thunder storm, even though a slight angle had been left. This resulted in a snapped rafter pole. I think the front screen is a necessity in full sun, as, because it is just a flat surface, the sun tends to get under it.

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I have just bought an 05 caravanstore zip from the NEC show - 3. 1 m for £390. The 2. 55m ones were £350.

 

Delivery will be in about 8 weeks, so should be ready for me in May.

 

We arew hoping to use it as a porch awning that is easy to put up for our weekends away - this will be our first year in our new van and we intend to use it morethan the customary two weeks a year that we used the old van for.

 

Has anyone any tips for using the awning - I went to buy a scenic plus, but came away with the ZIP.

 

Steve ;)

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I have just bought an 05 caravanstore zip from the NEC show - 3. 1 m for £390. The 2. 55m ones were £350.

 

Delivery will be in about 8 weeks, so should be ready for me in May.

 

We arew hoping to use it as a porch awning that is easy to put up for our weekends away - this will be our first year in our new van and we intend to use it morethan the customary two weeks a year that we used the old van for.

 

Has anyone any tips for using the awning - I went to buy a scenic plus, but came away with the ZIP.

 

Steve ;)

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1) Glue the rubber feet onto the alumininum uprights to avoid loosing them.

 

2) Cut plastic chopping boards into squares and drill a hole in the center to allow a steel peg to go through. Use these under the feet of the aluminum upright to keep them clean and to stop them buckling when the pegs are driven in (esp on hard standings).

 

3) Always peg the awning down and use the guy ropes.

 

Yossa

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Just returned from the show at G-Mex Manchester where we spent some time looking at the Caravan Store - Zip. We were told the '05 models will include curtains, window nets and better materials but that none would be available in the UK until sometime in March.

H :D pe this helps. ...

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Hi,

 

We bought a caravanstore Zip (4. 0m) from the show at Earls Court in Nov, with curtain tracks, curtain hooks (the wife will make the curtains) and nets !!

Three rafters were included as well.

Not sure how the 2005 will differ !!

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I have just bought an 05 caravanstore zip from the NEC show - 3. 1 m for £390. The 2. 55m ones were £350.

 

Delivery will be in about 8 weeks, so should be ready for me in May.

 

We arew hoping to use it as a porch awning that is easy to put up for our weekends away - this will be our first year in our new van and we intend to use it morethan the customary two weeks a year that we used the old van for.

 

Has anyone any tips for using the awning - I went to buy a scenic plus, but came away with the ZIP.

 

Steve ;)

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Hexackerly, the same same here!! 3. 1m Caravanstore Zip with delivery towards the end of April, supposedly.

 

Chap said they had totally sold out last week, and had to put in a new big order to the factory in Italy.

 

I've used the ordinary Caravanstore for nearly 2 years and have found it invaluable; especially on continental trips. I can put it up, all by myself in ~5mins, and the side panel, and front sun/rain shade, only takes another ~5min. (if needed).

See here for photos. Last summer holiday, I put it up at every site if staying 2 or more days, and some for just the one day.

 

I think the ordinary Caravanstore would be OK for us with a side and perhaps Margaret could make a screen for the front to defuse sunlight. I was thinking about it for our European travels when we might only stay for 2 or 3 days.

Well, David, if you hang on till April/May I'll have my old 2. 8m one up for grabs. No need for Margaret to do anything!!

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