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Isabella shadow canopy adjustment.

in Anything Eriba-related Thu May 26, 2022 7:44 pm
by Inspecta_Gadget | 208 Posts

Hi,
Weve been using the shadow 300 for a year now, and it seems to have gone a little baggy in the middle.
I usually adjust it with an extra pole in the middle and tie that down with a guy line, but its flapping about a bit in the wind.

Obviously I cant pull the edges down too far as its dragging on the door seal already.

We messed up the other night and ended up with a couple of pools in the roof.

Does anyone know if its possible to shrink the material or has anyone got a successful fix for this?

TIA, Steve.


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RE: Isabella shadow canopy adjustment.

in Anything Eriba-related Mon May 30, 2022 9:46 pm
by Richard | 15 Posts

I think the the trick here is to shorten the middle pole so its lower than the end poles. The orange tag in the middle is used for a third guy rope. Tighten this guy a little extra and you create a runnel or valley in the roof so that water runs straight down and off - no bagging, no flapping and no puddles! This arrangement seems to be a secret as its not shown in any of the advertising photos.
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RE: Isabella shadow canopy adjustment.

in Anything Eriba-related Mon May 30, 2022 10:18 pm
by eribaMotters | 5.290 Posts

I've had more success with this V method than using an extra pole to raise the middle.

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RE: Isabella shadow canopy adjustment.

in Anything Eriba-related Tue May 31, 2022 9:00 am
by Randa france | 12.855 Posts

That is the method we've used over the years too.
We remove the middle pole and let the guy rope do the work.
However,on our 360 Shadow which has a third pole as standard we still create a valley but leave the third pole in place.


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RE: Isabella shadow canopy adjustment.

in Anything Eriba-related Tue May 31, 2022 9:44 am
by Randa france | 12.855 Posts

Steve, a couple of other things we've found with the Isabella Shadow.
At each end of the awning piping there is a brass ring. We fix a guy rope to each of these and pull them sideways to front and rear of van. That keeps the Isabella from moving laterally.
Also , on both end poles we have added a further guy rope so that each pole is tensioned against the van but they are also sideways tensioned against each other.
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RE: Isabella shadow canopy adjustment.

in Anything Eriba-related Tue May 31, 2022 10:23 pm
by Inspecta_Gadget | 208 Posts

Thanks for the assists everyone,
We found that by the time we have the middle low enough to prevent bagging, we can hardly open the door, and its rubbed the outer seal already.

We popped over to Yorkshire caravans on Sunday and spoke to the awning guys there. They made up a new pole which extends to about 2.5 metres, so we should be able to get the tension by raising the middle, whilst keeping the door clear of the canvas. They only charged £20, which apparently goes into their coffee fund!

Out on Thursday again, so Ill report back on the results.


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RE: Isabella shadow canopy adjustment.

in Anything Eriba-related Sat Jun 04, 2022 10:30 am
by Doreen the troll | 39 Posts

Hi, I have found the V method the best option for rain, but, and its a big but, if sun is forecast a centre pole is popped in to give more headroom. The change time between the two options is seconds.
I use the shadow on the back of our Troll as a bbq area in case of rain, and a Vango Siesta on the front.
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RE: Isabella shadow canopy adjustment.

in Anything Eriba-related Sat Jun 11, 2022 8:04 pm
by Inspecta_Gadget | 208 Posts

It seems to be solved thanks for all your suggestions.

Stood up well to the breezy conditions of the last couple of days and the rain was running off just great.

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RE: Isabella shadow canopy adjustment.

in Anything Eriba-related Sat Jun 11, 2022 8:51 pm
by eribaMotters | 5.290 Posts

That's got more ropes on it than a Round Britain Yacht.

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RE: Isabella shadow canopy adjustment.

in Anything Eriba-related Sat Jun 11, 2022 10:18 pm
by Captain Calamity | 342 Posts

Colin
I have been on a round Britain yacht and you are not wrong!
Would an awning not be the solution here? Our Pop-air pro does give most people the aesthetic heeby-jeebies but it does work a treat and it it is easy to put up. Function over form!
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RE: Isabella shadow canopy adjustment.

in Anything Eriba-related Sat Jun 11, 2022 11:44 pm
by SOULBLUESMAN68 | 1.110 Posts

Hi Inspector

I like the side bits that you have attached to give a bit of side shelter. I was toying with doing something similar a few years ago but as usual didn't get around to doing it, despite Randa's wife's designs for a side piece.

Does it get hot though with the clear side when the sun bursts through?

MikeT



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RE: Isabella shadow canopy adjustment.

in Anything Eriba-related Sat Jun 11, 2022 11:50 pm
by SOULBLUESMAN68 | 1.110 Posts

Capn

We are going to Wales on a long trip and are taking both the Pop Air and the Shadow.

Shadow for a couple of night stays & Pop Air for longer.

The Pop Air does its job well but the pegging out takes ages with my dodgy hips, despite now having two great copper headed mallets. Never had it hot enough to unzip and take out the front panel of the Pop Air - perhaps this time in South Wales

MikeT


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RE: Isabella shadow canopy adjustment.

in Anything Eriba-related Sun Jun 12, 2022 8:49 am
by Inspecta_Gadget | 208 Posts

Quote: SOULBLUESMAN68 wrote in post #11
Hi Inspector

I like the side bits that you have attached to give a bit of side shelter. I was toying with doing something similar a few years ago but as usual didn't get around to doing it, despite Randa's wife's designs for a side piece.

Does it get hot though with the clear side when the sun bursts through?

MikeT


It would be so nice to find out Mike!

Weve just tried the clear tarp. this week and can tell you that it stops the rain and wind!

We have Jormax windbreaks for both ends, but I took one down last night just to make the photos clearer.

TBH, theres plenty of f ventilation with the open front so it should be ok most of the time in Blighty. Mrs Inspecta made a shade from a bed sheet last summer for that rare occasion where the sun so that could be draped over the top.

Were going to try a tarp at each side next week and not bother with the windbreaks, just to see how that works. 🙂


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RE: Isabella shadow canopy adjustment.

in Anything Eriba-related Sun Jun 12, 2022 12:22 pm
by SOULBLUESMAN68 | 1.110 Posts

Cheers Inspector

It would be good if you can give us some feedback on that.

I hope to be able to get some nice weather to take the zip front out of the PopAir, to see how that feels......will give some feedback on that

The other awning we use a bit is the SunCamp Vario and we got some hot weather at Southport C & M C site (one day only!) and the zip up front that turns into a sun canopy with some extra poles was brilliant. Shame the original Pop Air had no front canopy attachment.

MikeT


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RE: Isabella shadow canopy adjustment.

in Anything Eriba-related Sun Jun 12, 2022 1:10 pm
by eribaMotters | 5.290 Posts

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We recently bought this secondhand Wigo off the forum. Imagine a 2.5m deep Isabella Shadow with an end. You can have the end to the right or the left. I made up the bracing roof pole arrangement. When, not if, it rains I'll try and pull the front i to a run off V.

Colin


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