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The Coleman Sunshade/Awning

in Making the most of that expensive pitch Fri Mar 21, 2014 11:31 pm
by Randa france | 12.855 Posts

We understand that there's been a renewed interest in the Coleman Classic Awning that we adapted to fit our Troll two years ago. It will also fit a Triton. We know because we've tried it on one.

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We already had one of these so cut and reduced the depth of it to 2.5 metres and purchased 4 metres of this to double stitch onto the cut end.
This reduction in depth means that two of the existing guy ropes will be removed and these should be relocated on the cut ends nearest the caravan. Please refer to the photograph and note that the piping bead is stitched between the two outer seams and not for the full length of the cut. That means there's approx 600m of fabric at each end that doesn't have the piping bead stitched to it so these ends (with the newly re-attached guy ropes) slope downwards and away from the caravan awning rail.
We have found that the addition of a telescopic pole to the centre front of the awning helps with the tension but it does work without it. The pole we use once had a pruning shears on the end of it
This easy and quick to erect shade/awning has served us well on dozens of occasions over the past two years but we needed to re-stitch it at the start of last season as the perilous Fforest Fields weather tore away some of the stitching, largely because we had added new features to the awning and had thus over designed it.
This year we have renewed it (new awning, existing design) because the original fabric was several years old, was faded and was probably suffering from a little UV degradation.
Please shout if you need some more information.
R and A

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RE: The Coleman Sunshade/Awning

in Making the most of that expensive pitch Sat Mar 22, 2014 12:30 am
by Pop540 (deleted)
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nice
any machining issues


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RE: The Coleman Sunshade/Awning

in Making the most of that expensive pitch Sat Mar 22, 2014 8:00 am
by Randa france | 12.855 Posts

Quote: Pop540 wrote in post #2
nice any machining issues

None at all. Just locked her in a quiet room with the sewing machine and a cup of tea while I watched the Grand Prix on the tele

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RE: The Coleman Sunshade/Awning

in Making the most of that expensive pitch Sat Mar 22, 2014 2:49 pm
by Pop540 (deleted)
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will have to compare straight lines hehehe some how I think I will have lost as I went wonky perhaps too much tea in my case hehehe


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RE: The Coleman Sunshade/Awning

in Making the most of that expensive pitch Sat Mar 22, 2014 5:23 pm
by Eribanut | 2.025 Posts

Quote: Randa france wrote in post #3
Quote: Pop540 wrote in post #2
nice any machining issues

None at all. Just locked her in a quiet room with the sewing machine and a cup of tea while I watched the Grand Prix on the tele

R





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RE: The Coleman Sunshade/Awning

in Making the most of that expensive pitch Thu Aug 07, 2014 5:06 pm
by john and valerie (deleted)
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Thanks to Randa for their awning suggestion.

I'm not at present able to erect our Soplaire awning so before we went for a week near Deal Valerie got out the sewing machine and converted a Coleman tewnt awning to a lightweight awning for out Troll. It was light enough for me to erect and withstood an electric storm, heavy rain and strong winds. The roof didn't need the 'rope'. Perhap ours is a bit wider than Roger and Amanda's we ran it from the two brackets fitted by Lechlade to hold the Soplaire poles.

Striking in a very stong wind was an education but it went well.



We were able to sit and cook outside come rain or shine.

Thanks Roger and Amanda.

John and Valerie



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RE: The Coleman Sunshade/Awning

in Making the most of that expensive pitch Thu Aug 07, 2014 5:31 pm
by Randa france | 12.855 Posts

Hi Both. Wow, we're really pleased it worked for you . As we mentioned earlier, we renewed ours earlier this year and although we didn't have the extreme weather to test it out, it was very useful for stops of only a few days. A couple of photos below.
We hope you're back on the mend and perhaps we can meet up again sometime.

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RE: The Coleman Sunshade/Awning

in Making the most of that expensive pitch Thu Aug 07, 2014 9:26 pm
by grandmakate (deleted)
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I did the same and am delighted with it. Thank you Randa.

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RE: The Coleman Sunshade/Awning

in Making the most of that expensive pitch Fri Aug 08, 2014 8:10 am
by Randa france | 12.855 Posts

We're really glad you're pleased with the results Kate. It's always a worry when recommending something.
We got the original idea from Scottish Eriba owners, Colou, who published a photo when they used the Coleman Classic without altering it, by throwing the tail of it over the top of their Eriba and pegging it down, as it's designed to do with pup tents. We already had one in our array of camping equipment so set about modifying it.
Earlier this year, as we were worried about what the British weather might bring to the first Eribafolk Meet, we quickly tried out an idea for increasing the amount of shelter we may need to accommodate more folk, so threw this together while in France.
It doesn't look pretty and we only left it installed for a matter of minutes but it seemed to work fine. It would work even better if an original, unmodified Coleman Classic was to be used...

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RE: The Coleman Sunshade/Awning

in Making the most of that expensive pitch Tue Mar 01, 2016 4:50 pm
by Randa france | 12.855 Posts

Since this thread was created, a Lady on the French Forum has made one for her Puck using the following details:-

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RE: The Coleman Sunshade/Awning

in Making the most of that expensive pitch Tue Jun 16, 2020 12:25 pm
by Ralph79 | 162 Posts

Hi

Resurrecting an old thread here, but I wondered if anyone had successfully converted a Coleman Classic Awning for a puck as above. Randa's one for the Triton looks great, but the one for the puck from the French forum shown above appears to need a lot more chopping and trimming.

Would leaving the width the same and tying the ends down, in the same way Randa has above, also work for the Puck, or would there be just too much material.

The easiest way to find out would be to put the two together in a field and see what it looks like, but for obvious reasons that is not possible and we are unlikely to get our lovely puck out of the garage she is stored in before we go away on the first trip when lock down relaxes a bit more.

Any thoughts would be appreciated. I have a Coleman Classic Awning left over from our tent days sitting idly in the loft !

Ralph



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RE: The Coleman Sunshade/Awning

in Making the most of that expensive pitch Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:29 pm
by Randa france | 12.855 Posts

Hi Ralph. The thing to consider is because the material is thin ripstop nylon, too much material would be difficult to keep under tension which is necessary for the water to drain off.

On ours (Troll by the way) in really heavy rain, we would get a "water buildup bulge" which would drain every few minutes or so when the wind wobbled the arched pole.The two side wings are very good at giving a lot of side shelter however.

The only reason we've abandoned this type of shade is because the Coleman fabric wasn't very good at UVL stability so when using abroad we would have to renew the product every couple of years.

The last one bit the dust and ripped during some torrential rain and snow in Northern Germany on one of our outward journeys so we had to buy another shade in Denmark for the rest of the journey. An Isabella Shadow which is much stonger but doesn't give as much shelter because of its size.

Randa


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RE: The Coleman Sunshade/Awning

in Making the most of that expensive pitch Tue Jun 16, 2020 2:00 pm
by Ralph79 | 162 Posts

Thanks Randa

We did have a similar issue with a "water buildup bulge" when we used to use this as a sun canopy for our 6 man tent. However due to the lightness of the material it was always a bit 'flappy' in the wind and this would shift any water build up.

We only used it for one season in the UK before abandoning the tent in favour of our Puck, so UVL stability was not an issue.

It just looked like a cheap way of getting a lightweight, easy to erect canopy for those overnight stops.

What alternatives do people use for a puck?

Ralph


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RE: The Coleman Sunshade/Awning

in Making the most of that expensive pitch Tue Jun 16, 2020 2:26 pm
by Steve and Debbie | 1.070 Posts

I got a cheap tarp off ebay (wider than the van) and used 4 poles. This gave extra height and overlapped the van. A bit tricky to put up though.

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RE: The Coleman Sunshade/Awning

in Making the most of that expensive pitch Tue Jun 16, 2020 3:41 pm
by Ralph79 | 162 Posts

Hi Steve

That looks great, but I was thinking of something that was very easy to put up for those overnight stops when a full awning is just too much faff.

Ralph


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