Annex suggestions for Top End

Submitted: Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 13:46
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We are travelling to the top end for a long term stay - mainly in Darwin at this stage. Wondering what suggestions people have for the best annex for the tropics.
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Reply By: hazo - Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 15:06

Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 15:06
Hi
We have had two full vinyl awnings, with previous caravans, that we hardly ever used !

The vinyl tends to be heavy and bulky also.

This time we have had a full shadecloth awning made, exactly the same thing but all shadecloth.

A third of the price and perfect for the tropics. Even in the rain it seems to shed the water rather than come through the walls.

And much easier to carry and far lighter.
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Follow Up By: Nicki H - Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 15:35

Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 15:35
Thanks for that. We hadn't considered the full shadecloth version but that seems very sensible. Will certainly look into - for sure the idea is to keep the rain out rather than the cold!!!!!!!!
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Reply By: Member - bill f (QLD) - Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 18:06

Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 18:06
Hi, Spent the lead up to the wet in Townsville (2 months) last year. Found that a heavy duty shade cloth wall kept the rain out provided it was set nearly vertical. Only had the one wall. Most of the residents who were there for the summer had spread very large tarps over the whole van & annex & beyond. Raised above the van acted as a tropical roof & kept things cooler. We didn't bother as we were leaving before the worst of the rain started. A couple of small tarps clamped to the annex & pegged at 45 to the ground kept the rain out. Brother has full walls for his annex but still uses a large tarp over everything when staying in one spot in summer in the north. Bill
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Follow Up By: Nicki H - Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 22:16

Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 22:16
Really helpful advice thanks.
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Reply By: drowned_rat - Thursday, Aug 09, 2012 at 20:46

Thursday, Aug 09, 2012 at 20:46
Whatever you get, make sure it is mosquito proof, my memories of Darwin, Kakadu and the top end were amusement of people trying to sleep in their cars, close the windows and you cooked, opened them and you were taken to peices by the mozzies. The shade cloth sides sounds like an excellent idea for air flow on the really hot nights.
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