"Nope, it still won't fit - even with a drive away fixing kit"
Before we went and spent four hundred quid on the Kampa Travel Pod Air mini drive away awning I really wish I found out what I now know, i.e. that the awning does not work properly with the Elddis Accordo motorhome.
On our first outing to Walnut Lakes in Boston (a great campsite and highly recommended – check out my “Review of Walnut Lakes” if you are interested) we tried to fit the Kampa Travel Pod Air mini awning to our Accordo 120. At that time we struggled to get the roof of the tunnel tight and it simply sagged down, which not only snagged on the door but also would have collected water if it rained. Needless to say, it didn’t work and we wrote it off and left the awning as a (very expensive) standalone storage tent.
I was telling the people I work with about my issues with the Kampa awning and a work colleague of mine (who owns a VW T5) said I shouldn’t write off the awning just yet, and was adamant it would fit. My work buddy said she had the same issues with her inflatable awning (a Vango Kela) but got hers to fit, and gave me her method. Her method required a specific drive away awning fixing kit, which I promptly ordered from Amazon in preparation of our next trip out, which was a week in the Lake District.
The weather during our week in the Lake District was horrendous and it not only rained for almost the entire week but the area was battered by gale force winds. The general wind speed was 18mph – 26mph with gusts to 45mph, so the weather was not great for seeing if we could get the Kampa Travel Pod Air mini awning to fit to the Accordo 120.
We left the Lake District and headed south to the Welsh border where we had a week booked at a campsite near Shrewsbury. We entered the campsite in glorious sunshine, blue skies and no wind which provided the perfect opportunity to try and get the awning attached to Accordo 120.
Before our trip away I had watched several Youtube videos on erecting drive away awnings (obviously inflatable ones) I had seen my work colleague erect her drive away awning, I had her instructions and I knew exactly how I was going to tackle it. In addition to this I had emailed Kampa direct to ask the question and the response was positive and that it will fit the motor home. I was confident we would get this issue nailed.
Everything went well, we got the awning up, attached the tunnel to side of the motor home with the drive away fixing kit, we had managed to get the top of the tunnel tight and the awning was fully pegged down. The only thing left to do was peg the sides, which wasn’t going to be too difficult or create any problems. At that point I thought I would try the door. On opening the door the top of it clipped the roof of the awning tunnel, but it still opened fine. On closing the door it snagged on the roof of the tunnel and the fixing kit and wouldn’t shut. Great…………….. No matter what we did the damn door wouldn’t close again, without physically lifting the roof of the tunnel, which was not ideal. The more we thought about it, the more we tried the door and kept lifting the roof of the tunnel the more we thought this was a bad idea and we would end up damaging something beyond repair.
I have seen these awnings on loads of van conversions and they work fine. The thing is, van conversions have sliding doors, and if out motor home had a sliding door there wold have been no problems at all. The thing is, our Accordo 120 has a standard door, and it doesn’t work with this. I haven’t seen any coach built motor homes using an inflatable drive away awning, and perhaps this is the reason why.
If you have a coach built motor home you need to do some research before buying the Kampa Travel Pod Air mini drive away awning. If you own an Elddis Accordo motor home the Kampa Travel Pod Air mini awning will fit to the motor home but it will not work properly, so please do not waste your hard earned money and buy one, unless you want to use it as a (damn expensive) standalone storage tent - like we do. I have since contacted Kampa (and re-sent them the email with their reply) and the response was “As stated in the brochure we cannot guarantee that this product will fit your van – it is your responsibility to check first”.
I fully appreciate it is up to me, and that is what I tried to do (and spent several hours doing so) before buying the Travel Pod Air awning but I couldn’t find the information I was looking for, i.e. the information in this post. What bites me is the first response where I was told it would fit but the sides may be a little slack. Had I got the “responsibility” response in the first instance I wouldn’t have been bothered at all – it’s all the b*** s*** companies give that pushes my buttons. What’s the point? They should just cut the crap and be brutally honest in the first instance.
So after my experience would I recommend the Kampa Travel Pod Air awning? If it is for a coach built motor home with a standard opening door – No. It simply doesn’t work – period. If it is for a van conversion with a sliding door my experience would tell me it would probably work, but since I don’t have a van conversion I cannot categorically confirm this, and I am not going to go and try it on a van conversion to see if it works either.
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