"This is all we could do with it - An expensive tent!" "To fit or not to fit?"
If you have read my blog post about the first trip out in the Elddis Accordo 120 (if you have not seen it and want a laugh feel free to take a look at this post) you will know that the (very expensive) Kampa Travel Pod Air Mini drive away awning does not fit properly, and consequently isn’t fit for purpose. Yep, the drive away awning we bought is little more than a stand-alone inflatable tent – did I mention how expensive and what a waste of money it was? Well……………………
I was talking about the fun and games we had at Walnut Lakes, Lincolnshire over the weekend with my work colleagues, one who owns a VW campervan, we got on to the subject of the Kampa inflatable awning and how disappointed my wife and me were with it, and how we simply couldn’t get it to fit the motor home.
The work colleague who owns the camper van has an inflatable drive away awning made by Vango and is convinced that it will fit, and the reason we struggled with it is because we were trying to set it up the wrong way. When I described how we had attempted to attach the awning to the motor home (obviously using diagrams and scribbles) and she said that she made the same mistake the first time her and her husband tried erecting their Vango inflatable awning.
Apparently I should pitch and attach the Kampa inflatable awning as follows:-
All the video tutorials on attaching inflatable awnings show the first step is to attach the tunnel to the sun blind and then inflate the body of the awning. My work colleague tried this method and said that squaring everything up like this is very difficult and frustrating, and that her method above is an easier way.
I really want to get out there and try her method and see if we can make the Kampa Travel Pod Air fit the motor home, however it is going to have to wait until we go to the Lake District at the end of September because we haven’t got the space available to attach the awning to the motor home on the drive way. It’s a bit of a pain, but that’s the way it goes.
Since the discussion with my work colleagues I have had a look around the internet for more video tutorials to see if any of them follow the ‘new method’ but none of them do. I have now reached the point where I am bored of searching for videos that don’t seem to exist so I have parked it and now playing a waiting game until the trip to the Lake District. I really do hope the above method works, however if it doesn’t we will just use the awning as a standalone storage tent, as we planned during our stay at Walnut Lakes.