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Thinking of getting a canopy for going away for weekends, can't be bothered with the Kampa awning for just one night.

Which is the best one to get??

Was thinking of one of them ones that stay in the awning rail whilst travelling.

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We don't bother with an awning or a 'canopy ?' or anything at all during short stays. ......... :)

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We had a Fiamia for a short while, never again !!!

 

When you read the instructions it actually tells you to take it down if its going to rain or get windy !! We found out why . ... when it rains water pools on the top and causes it to sag, which makes the pool bigger, and the aluminium legs can't take the weight and bend. ... even dropping one corner to act as a runoff didn't help in heavy rain. Same thing in windy conditions, peg the legs down firmly with storm straps and they bend. We also found both the bag and canopy were very susceptible to algal growth, as the bag is not waterproof and any water that gets inside seems to stay there.

 

It went, replaced by the Kampa . . :)

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We have an Omnistor that stays in the awning rail while travelling. Works great, 3 minutes to erect and dismantle, however much easier with 2 people. No problems with water pools when raining, just leave 1 leg shorter than the other and the rainwater flows away. I always use guideropes and have never had any problems when its windy. Use it all the time, wouldn't go back to an awning. The Omnistor bag must be more waterproof than the Fiammia because we have not had any algae in 3 years use. We do however remove it during the winter when in storage.

 

Paul

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We had a Fiamia for a short while, never again !!!

 

When you read the instructions it actually tells you to take it down if its going to rain or get windy !! We found out why . ... when it rains water pools on the top and causes it to sag, which makes the pool bigger, and the aluminium legs can't take the weight and bend. ... even dropping one corner to act as a runoff didn't help in heavy rain. Same thing in windy conditions, peg the legs down firmly with storm straps and they bend. We also found both the bag and canopy were very susceptible to algal growth, as the bag is not waterproof and any water that gets inside seems to stay there.

 

It went, replaced by the Kampa . . :)

 

So I take it you're not a fan of Fiamma Canopies then lol

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I recently brought a Isabella shadow canopy, find it ideal for a couple of nights, great as a sunshade or if its raining,very light and really strong poles

 

 

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We have an Fiamia that stays in the awning rail while travelling. Works great, 10 minutes to erect and dismantle, however much easier with 2 people. No problems with water pools when raining, just leave 1 leg shorter than the other and the rainwater flows away. I always use guideropes/storm stap and have never had any problems when its windy, we use it all the time.

 

We just move it on to the RH side of the caravan if we need the porch or full awning.

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We use a Fiamma Caravanstore canopy and wouldn`t be without it. As Paul says, 5 minutes to erect and you can do it

by yourself, although it is easier if someone else just supports one end while you put the first leg down.

Pooling can be a problem with any canopy and with ours being over 3 metres I decided to buy the optional centre

rafter, which supports the canopy in the middle, this worked well for us with no pooling at all.

The canopy is removed at the end of the season, cleaned, dried and stored.

Hope this helps

Dave

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I recently brought a Isabella shadow canopy, find it ideal for a couple of nights, great as a sunshade or if its raining,very light and really strong poles

 

:goodpost: very useful and leaves the rail free for using another awning when required.

So little hassle it can be left up for breakfast etc on the morning you break camp.

We have two and use them on each side in very hot areas, and use one as an extension canopy on our Magnum when that suits us.

Light enough to live in a bed locker just in case it is needed.

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:goodpost: very useful and leaves the rail free for using another awning when required.

So little hassle it can be left up for breakfast etc on the morning you break camp.

We have two and use them on each side in very hot areas, and use one as an extension canopy on our Magnum when that suits us.

Light enough to live in a bed locker just in case it is needed.

 

 

Yes we have an Isabella Magnum Eclipse.

 

Not used it on the Magnum as yet but it is very good when just attached to the van.

 

As it is easy to dry it can be left up until the last minute to provide a bit of shelter if it is raining when packing up.

 

Ian

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Of topic a bit but there is a listing for a brand new isabella magnum on ebay for £995 which seems a good price if you are after one of them, no good to us as to big for our little coachman

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We use a Fiamma Caravanstore canopy and wouldn`t be without it. As Paul says, 5 minutes to erect and you can do it

by yourself, although it is easier if someone else just supports one end while you put the first leg down.

Pooling can be a problem with any canopy and with ours being over 3 metres I decided to buy the optional centre

rafter, which supports the canopy in the middle, this worked well for us with no pooling at all.

The canopy is removed at the end of the season, cleaned, dried and stored.

Hope this helps

Dave

 

Likewise, we have the 4. 2 metre one, i bought the 2 additional rafter poles, no water pooling at all, great peice of kit.

 

 

Phil.

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Has anybody had any experience of the Dorema sun canopies, either the Monaco or the Solana? I am considering buying one for our two berth caravan. Any advice/comments welcomed?

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Carvanstore for us. Been on the van for 7 years with no problems. As others have said, slanting it by lowering 1 leg stops the water pooling (although it's easy to get an armful!) We used to have a Dorema (can't remember the model) but it was hopeless in anything more than a breeze and in fact the Mistral was the last straw. We've used the Caravanstore in quite strong winds with a tie down and it's been fine.

 

We think it's great and would never go back to a conventional model.

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