After Market Fitted Rollout Awnings

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 07, 2013 at 19:23
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The better half has suggested we investigate getting a rollout awning fitted to the PopTop Coromal Ultra Lite we have. Her intentions are to save me having to run around b pegging out ropes all the times we may move.

What we are looking at are the type that can be rolled out on a self supporting frame from the van. i.e. no need for corner poles.

Looking for any hints from people that may have recently fitted(or in the past) this type of awning and how they went about it. Or even perhaps a reference to a previous thread perhaps.

On our previous poptop we did have a bag awning, but was always a pain to set up and put away and of course it had the corner poles(plus more).

I guess what we are really after is a retractable awning that remains permanently attached to the van and can be pulled out & put away with out the aid of a step ladder or "milk crate".

Just trying to make our future journeys just that little bit easier and more enjoyable.

Won't be long now and we will be out and about more often than not.

Thanks in anticipation
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Reply By: Notso - Sunday, Apr 07, 2013 at 19:47

Sunday, Apr 07, 2013 at 19:47
Not a hard job to do yourself if you are a bit of a handy person.

I helped a friend do his a couple of years back, took about a day by the time we mucked around for a while then decided to read the instructions, that helped.

Other than that any reputable caravan sales yard should be able to do it/get it done for you.
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Follow Up By: Member - DingoBlue(WA) - Sunday, Apr 07, 2013 at 23:05

Sunday, Apr 07, 2013 at 23:05
Plenty of roll out awnings available but self supporting could be a problem. Most have poles which are incorporated in the awning itself and are easy to extend without milk crates. I would suggest that guy ropes be attached as the odd rogue gust of wind does serious damage. If stopping for a a cuppa, then no need to tie the poles but if staying overnight, then it would be wise to tie down.
Have had experience at Montecollina Bore where the day was so idyllic, swimming in 'the spa' and then cooling off in the pond, that we decided to stay the night. Left everything up and went to bed only to find a howling gale at about 3 am. The roll out awning had lifted over the cruiser and snapped the plastic fittings making it unuseable for the rest of the trip.
Apart from that incident, the awning is probably one of the most useful bits of gear we take with us on our travels.
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Reply By: Member - Joe F (WA) - Monday, Apr 08, 2013 at 12:47

Monday, Apr 08, 2013 at 12:47
G'day kevmac

Your van might be able to have a Colorado roll out awning fitted to it, this of course depends if Albany Coromal Caravans carry the size (length) you require.

These units are a vinyl product wound around a spring loaded support tube, which is attached to the van body using adjustable arms, these units are quite robust but I would still recommend using at least two guy ropes ~ if the wind picks up after all any type of awning acts as a big sail.

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