Replacement awning

Submitted: Monday, Jan 09, 2017 at 09:48
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After 12 years it is time to replace my aussie traveller awning due to age, certainly not due to usage as I rarely used it because it was hard to put up and down by myself. So starts the research, what do I replace it with? BT have suggested the Dometic power awning. Knowing how durable the aussie traveller was in windy conditions and problems other caravanners have had with springs breaking in the roll out awnings what do my fellow BT owners experiences suggest. I suspect I am opening up a hornets nest of suggestions but would like to hear what your experiences have been. Thank you in advance.
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Reply By: SMICK - Monday, Jan 09, 2017 at 16:59

Monday, Jan 09, 2017 at 16:59
We have stuck with the aussie traveller. I can put it up and take it down by myself.
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Follow Up By: Sheryl M - Monday, Jan 09, 2017 at 18:21

Monday, Jan 09, 2017 at 18:21
Thanks Michael, but finding it a bit difficult as a 5'2" grey nomad. I just tend to not bother (getting lazy in my old age) unless staying in one spot for a period of time and just recently put it up for the first time in 2 years only to find that it is getting past its use by date.
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Reply By: NIK `N` OFF - Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at 00:45

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at 00:45
Aussie Traveller Sunburst ... Roll out style awning. Easy to use.

We got rid of our AT wind out after two months.

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Reply By: Silver and Tinks - Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at 07:42

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at 07:42
Ditto with Mick

Never used original awning as it was a pain.
Last year changed over to an aussie traveller sunburst.

They are 4 Layer Material rather than the two or three used by dometic.
Very easy to pull out.
We are now back to being able to pull up for a cup of tea on a river bank and pull out the awning.
Aussie traveller also modified our annexe to suit the new awning.

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Reply By: Spydor - Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at 09:18

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at 09:18
Hi, Go for the "sunburst" super easy to use. They withstand quite strong winds, If tied down correctly. Stay away from the AUTO awning, as the manufacturer states that they have to be folded away in anything but a moderate breeze this is not much use, if you are camped up for a long period of time and have "lots of stuff" (like us) that you don't want to get wet under the awning.
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Follow Up By: NIK `N` OFF - Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017 at 23:50

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017 at 23:50
21.45 if It's correct Spydor ... for me to be awake at midnight would be unusual lol ... though I'm quite often awake at 4.30 am
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Reply By: Maximus - Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at 11:12

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at 11:12
Like Mick, I will say..get rid of that silly awning. Too hard and dangerous when one has to climb a ladder to get it out and fit it back in. Went for pullout years ago. Best thing we ever did.
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Reply By: NIK `N` OFF - Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017 at 23:47

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017 at 23:47
Crikey ... three Boggers agreeing with me .... im flattered lol

Along with the AT Sunburst I'd recommend the AT Anti Flap bars that strengthen up the awning considerably if camped up for a while, the ease of sliding in awning walls, either canvas or shade cloth creates a very neat finish with no annoying flapping like many Velcro' versions.
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Follow Up By: Maximus - Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 at 14:39

Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 at 14:39
Don't get ahead of yourself Mick??? Next time I may not agree with you :)
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Follow Up By: NIK `N` OFF - Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 at 18:59

Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 at 18:59
Next time I won't be shocked ??
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Reply By: Silver and Tinks - Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 at 07:14

Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 at 07:14
Hi Sheryl

We had the awning fitted at Clontarf Qld
Aussie Traveller headquarters.
Remove coolibah and replace with Sunburst was about $2200
Modify annexe walls was about $600
Aussie Traveller Anti Flap Rafter kit required for annexe end walls and two awning rafters was also about $600.

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PS we dealt with Bill and he was excellent we left the annexe walls they modified and posted back to us.
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