Well hello, we are back from sunny Cirencester where we spent a wonderful 4 days. The drive down was uneventful apart from the usual chaos at the M6/M5 turn off and the road works around that area. Also as usual, unfortunately, were the people passing us on the motorway with their caravans in tow with no towing mirrors and travelling at speeds well exceeding the 60mph limit. I must say that this drives me insane and I do wonder why people feel that the law and speed limits do not apply to them!
Anyway, regardless, we planned on having a great break and we did.
We have a couple of awnings a Kampa Rally Pro 390 + annexe and a Vango Braemar air awning which is a tiny 150cm in width but is ideal for weekends especially in Winter, it’s more than big enough to take off wet shoes, coats and dry the dogs off. However, neither was ‘just right’ or flexible enough so that we could have jut 1 awning.
I digress, last weekend we managed to get our hands on an elusive Westfield Rollaway 400. Having spoken to Westfield at the NEC earlier in the month, they don’t appear to be making these anymore as they had problems with some kind of manufacturing fault on later batches and the manufacturers don’t appear to be able to fix it, which is a shame as they’re a really flexible awning. The eagle eyed amongst you may also know of another family that have this awning.
So this was the first try of the new to us awning. Our only concern was that our awning rail isn’t straight at the front, but it worked fine. We’re not daunted by awnings, we don’t argue and it doesn’t give us any cause for divorce, thankfully! The roof goes up first and can be used as a standalone canopy for those long, warm summer days, or as a quick get the canopy up before we get drenched kind of days. You can then add the front, which is split into 4 pieces and the sides.
Now this is the clever bit you can have a large canopy with no sides, a 3/4 canopy and a 1m storage awning or a 1/2 canopy and a 2m awning or bedroom, a 3/4 awning and a 1m canopy or the full 4m awning. As it was October and we wanted to try the whole thing we opted for the last option and it went up pretty well. We were on a bit of a slope and it still managed to look pretty good. The roof material appears to be PVC so no worries about drying that off if it’s raining and as the front splits down to 1m sections it wouldn’t be a problem drying it out at home, no unwieldy 4m sections to fight with.
As they’re not going to be making these in the foreseeable future I’m going to tinker with making my own roof lining as it did have a tendency to produce condensation. Keep an eye out for that in the future, the back I can use Velcro to attach it as it already has Velcro tabs in situ, the front doesn’t so I need to have a ponder.
Will this be the awning that manages to suit us whatever the situation or weather? We’re not 💯% sure but it’s looking good so far. Would we recommend it, off the back of its first outing, yes. Look out for them on local selling sites.
Thank you to Dan, Angela and Chloe, Deb and Steve, Iain, Zoe, Grace and Lulu, Ian, Tracy and family, Andy, Kate and family, for a wonderful weekend full of laughs and gorgeous weather.
I managed to capture the last sunset of British Summer time 2017 which was reflected in the side of Sydney, absolutely stunning.
Also thank you to the Motorway Gods who managed a delay free trip home, on the M5/M6 again no less, we were highly delighted with a stress free return trip.