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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2009 3:27 am� �Post subject:  Brand new awning or second hand?
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as you may or may not know, we are due to collect our new van this week (1990 burstner twin axle lux 4 berth 20 ft)...

Now apparently this van comes with a 'sound' awning, however, the seller does not know what make it is... which would therefore lead me to believe that he doesn't know if it is sound or not!...!

SOOOOO my question is this...

I would like to get a new awning to be on the safe side, but have been told in the past that a brand new awning 'will' leak whereas a weathered one wont. Is this the case?

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Not heard of that one before, unless they were geting mistaken with condensation, which all awnings will suffer from new or old depending on the conditions.
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SOOOOO my question is this...

I would like to get a new awning to be on the safe side, but have been told in the past that a brand new awning 'will' leak whereas a weathered one wont. Is this the case?

Thanks

Janey


The advice is very miss leading; yes if the awning is made of a natural cotton it might weep slightly the first time it rains but its not an issue. This is because the cotton swells when damped and takes up the bruising where the sewing needle has displaced the fabric; it only occurs once and it does not need rain even a damp dew will fix it.
Also very few awnings are now made of natural cotton.

On a more general note and particularly with a van your size I would definitely look to buy a secondhand super quality awning like an Isabella or Ventura rather than spend the same money on a cheaper new one. They lose a lot of money once out of the box so you will save a lot and have something very good that way.

Finally think twice with your size van if you really can live with a full awning; they can be a lot to cope with and many see little use because of this. Would a part awning better suit your needs?
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1990burstnerluxtwin wrote:


SOOOOO my question is this...

I would like to get a new awning to be on the safe side, but have been told in the past that a brand new awning 'will' leak whereas a weathered one wont. Is this the case?

Thanks

Janey


The advice is very miss leading; yes if the awning is made of a natural cotton it might weep slightly the first time it rains but its not an issue. This is because the cotton swells when damped and takes up the bruising where the sewing needle has displaced the fabric; it only occurs once and it does not need rain even a damp dew will fix it.
Also very few awnings are now made of natural cotton.

On a more general note and particularly with a van your size I would definitely look to buy a secondhand super quality awning like an Isabella or Ventura rather than spend the same money on a cheaper new one. They lose a lot of money once out of the box so you will save a lot and have something very good that way.

Finally think twice with your size van if you really can live with a full awning; they can be a lot to cope with and many see little use because of this. Would a part awning better suit your needs?


sound advice not much to add, a new quality awning for your size van would be very expensive I would check out the one that comes with it first

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thanks for the advice...

We should be collecting said van tomorrow, however the electric hook up on my car that should have been fitted today wasn't because the garage shut up shop! grrrr!

So we are getting her tomorrow, but later than anticipated and will have to stay on the site for an extra day to 'test' the awning that comes with her....

Good sound advice thanks very much, plus i have noticed that awnings on ebay are not selling as well as they were, wrong time of year maybe, We unfortunatly can not get away with not having an awning (full size) as when the whole family are together, my kids, my partner and his kids there are going to be 8 of us!!!!!

So either way we have to have one... not to mention the dogs! lol They need their space too!

thanks again,

Janey x

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I hope your trip to collect the new van is fruitful. As for the awning, try it, you can't lose.

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Very Happy

We have her home now and to be honest there isn't much wrong with her.....
however,

The awning is canvas and from an era that most on here would chose to forget, its bright orange and bright green with yellow patterned roof... An Isabella no less! The thing that really brought tears to my eyes was the brown dangly fringe all around it!

So i have just gone for a pyramid orion with bedroom annexe!

The ven itself... well the issues i have with her are for a different post, which includes what exactly delamination is - as i have a soft bit just by the door!

Thhanks for your advice,
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