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15 Apr 2014 @ 23:34:03 pm
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Hi all,

My wife recently passed away on her first day of retirement and now I have to pitch/put up my rally and/or tent on my own, so my question is how the devil do these tents get put up with only one pair of hands ?? or do I use Frans's  (Francis ?? Wink) wielliewaalie.

 

16 Apr 2014 @ 06:31:31 am
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Hi Allan,

With or without the wife, I still have difficulty in pitching a tent or rally on my own. Wife dissappears to the ladies on arrival.

Lay the poles out in their correct positions, only then pull the tent through. I bought a type of wheel gadget to help guide the tent, which helps, otherwise it catches every few inches.

The trick is then to get the middle pole up half way first, working to the sides, all at half height. Then lift from one side to the correct height. Then only the front section, if you have that extra piece/veranda. Once this far you tighten the poles - until now you need them loose to manouvre the tent.

I have even got lazy - on the rally sides I have tied plastic clips to hook on poles in stead of tying each one everytime and put a rope through the holes on the bottom allowing me to peg only each end.

Hope you come right!

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16 Apr 2014 @ 07:39:46 am
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If you are lucky like I am the tent or rally slides through the side of the van easily. If not you will have to get yourself a gadget like David is talking about. I also first lay the poles on the ground close to their positions, then pull the tent through, then do the middle poles and work my way to the sides.

By the way if someone sees this roller gadget somewhere please let me know. I should get myself one some time or another.
16 Apr 2014 @ 07:42:29 am
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By the way . You will have to extend the rope on the pulling side of the tent to be able to loop it through the roller and back to you so you can pull and feed the tent at the same time.
16 Apr 2014 @ 07:44:44 am
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Hi Leon,

As jy op die rond ry is die naweek - die smous van KSA Magalies het gewoonlik @ R50 - Hulle kamp die naweek by Dinokeng. Dalk kan jy op hulle web kyk wie bly in Pretoria om vir jou een te hou.

Daardie roller kom aan die kant waar jy begin die tent in te ruig - dis nie nodig om die tou langer te maak nie.

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16 Apr 2014 @ 07:49:20 am
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Thanx David. Maar jy vang my nou ek het nou nie 'n idee hoe hy werk nie
16 Apr 2014 @ 07:50:10 am
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Sal seker beter verstaan as ek die ding fisies sien.
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Alan, sory to hear about your wife man, hope all goes well for you with coping and camping.

Have you tried Camp World, if they dont have a wonder wielitjie, they might direct you to someone who can. Also, try OLX or Gumtree, Mr Google could also be of some assistance.

Goodluck.

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Alan sorry to hear of your loss. Hope all goes well. I'm sure you find a way to erect the tent on your own. The roller wheel should enable you to get the tent through the extrusion without assistance. Good luck and let us know how you are getting on.

16 Apr 2014 @ 08:39:28 am
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sorry for your loss Alan.

why not just ask the park staff or a fellow caravaner for a bit of assistance? i am pretty positive if you ask you will get the help you require.

 

does anyone have the correct name of the wonder wheel or of the supplier? i would like to see it.

16 Apr 2014 @ 08:46:04 am
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Spray some silicon spray in the channel, it allows the tent to slide in the channle easy

16 Apr 2014 @ 09:00:28 am
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Hallo Allan

Jammer om te hoor van jou verlies. Ek het gesien wat baie help as jy klaar jou tent deurgeryg het, sit jy eerste jou hoekpale in. Anker hulle soos jy gewoonlik maar die hoeke anker. Wat lekker  is, dan is jou hele tent redelik styf en kan jy al jou ander pale maklik deur hul nate(ek weet nie wat noem mens dit nie)  stoot. Hoop jy kom reg.

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If you camp at Port O 'Call on the south coast, their gardners/ workers help you :-)
16 Apr 2014 @ 09:01:38 am
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Sorry about your loss Alan. With a bit of patience you should be able to erect the ralley on your own. The full tent is heavier so you will need assistance to pull the tent through. 

The problem is when there is wind. You will need someone to hold the pole while you hammer the pegs in and tension the guy ropes. 

Next time you have the tent erected measure and make a note of all distances from different refernce points on the van to poles and pegs. You will then in future be able to get the pegs in the ground prior to erecting the tent. It makes life easier in windy conditions and when extra hands are not available. 

16 Apr 2014 @ 09:08:50 am
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Hi Leon,

Ek het ongelukkig nie foto hier nie.

Die plaat skroef in n die gleuf vas met 'n pen na vore waarop die wiel is. Die wiel moet in lyn met die opening wees waar jy die tent in ruig - soos jy die tent trek, druk die wiel die tent vas sodat dit in die gleuf in gedruk word.

Ek het 'n prentlie geteken om idee te gee maar kry dit nie upload nie - sal weer later

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16 Apr 2014 @ 09:51:51 am
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Willie's bit.

If you go to our  NBS (News) section – click on link “News” above, and then click on the tab “General News”. Further down the page is an article on the “Wonderwieletjie” with photos that Frans Pretorius sent to us. Easy to make and use!

I hope this helps you Alan.

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16 Apr 2014 @ 09:53:17 am
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Hier is dit Leon, (ek was maar net dom gewees - het probeer pdf laai). Verskoon as die prentjie nie presies is nie - probeer net die idee wys (bv dalk is die wiel agterste voor) Ek kan ook nie die ding se naam onthou nie.

 

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16 Apr 2014 @ 09:59:36 am
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Morning Alan, 

So sorry to hear that. We both have Escape's, although different versions. My tent is not the manufacturers version, but I am told it was made according to the same plans. Since we have young kids I tend to put it up myself. The only thing I have to ask a fellow camper to help with is threading the tent through the channel. Once that is done I can do the rest myself.

A trick I learned is this. As soon as you have got the tent attached, take the centre pole that goes on the very front of the verandah and put that up, before anything else. Angle it a bit and peg it with a GUY rope. This has the effect of spreading the tent canvan, and elevating it so you can work inside with ease.

For the Rally, one of those wheel things should work.

16 Apr 2014 @ 10:12:53 am
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Hi Andrew,

That is where the contraption I have tried to show works well - you pull the tent through on your own.

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16 Apr 2014 @ 11:59:50 am
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Alan, I am really sorry to hear of you loss, may the Lord be with you, and support you.

Willie has now posted my idea, and I can assure you, it works fine. If you have the tent through the extrusion, I found it easier to do the middle pole, and then the side poles. My rally tent had a double GUY rope on the middle pole, and you just "size" the distance where the 2 pegs should be, and put them in, and hook the GUY rope/s in, and when you lift the pole, you just need to tighten the rope with the DOG BONE (dinges)!!! that can either be plastic or metal!!!!!

With the middle pole in, and the GUY rope/s in place, it is easy to erect the two side poles, but first put the pegs into the ground, and attach the GUY rope, otherwise you must hold the pole upright with one hand whilst trying to get the peg into the ground by holding it upright with the toes!!!! It doesn't work!!!!, I have tried it!!!!

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You can always ask a friend to hold the tent pole for you!

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16 Apr 2014 @ 12:28:23 pm
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Hell, Willie, wish I had a few of them as helpers in my camping days, I would have  . . . . .

16 Apr 2014 @ 12:29:56 pm
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Hell, Willie, wish I had a few of them as helpers in my camping days, I would have  . . . . .

had your own pole, that is tent pole!

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16 Apr 2014 @ 14:17:39 pm
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Thanx David. The idea of the roller I had was that wich Willie provided a photo of. I just don't like the idea of drilling that hole through the aluminium. Maybe just something that clips into or onto the Aluminium.

I suspect your idea could work just aswell.
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I had one that David has, they work well. Mine went with my previous van I am also looking for a new one. I don't belong to KSA any more, left under a cloud due to management. But tha t is of no concerned here.
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You can always ask a friend to hold the tent pole for you!

So that's what the center pole is used for Surprised

16 Apr 2014 @ 17:59:13 pm
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Many fanx for the wishes and the advise.

Am going away in about 3 weeks time for some practise after all you hard working employed peeps bugger off Tongue out and go back to work for some peace and quiet.

I will scout around in the meantime for a friend (as above) or some pulleys, toys, etc and try out all the ideas to find out which one works for me and then report back afterwards.

Alan
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Hi Alan, Sorry about the loss. I'm sure ther are a lot if not all campers that will assist if you ask. I am willing to help all anytime. We sometimes do not like to ask each other if you's would like help as we think you might be offended. If someone says no, I'll buy you a beer. Actually, I'll buy a round of drinks for the park.
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Alan, you should be able to get a pilley like that from a boating place. I agree with Leon, the reason I have never done this is a reluctance to drill through the extrusion. Possibly a 2 inch pice of round bar welded to the polley to it can go in the extrusion would work though.

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Many fanx for the wishes and the advise.

Am going away in about 3 weeks time for some practise after all you hard working employed peeps bugger off Tongue out and go back to work for some peace and quiet.

I will scout around in the meantime for a friend (as above) or some pulleys, toys, etc and try out all the ideas to find out which one works for me and then report back afterwards.

Hi Alan,

You may have a bit of a problem  out of season when few people are camping.

In season, a neighbour should help - that is what I do in any case  - when I see someone arrive, I even show then onto the stand, then get the main frame and tent up - knocking in pegs and those "guy" ropes can still be done in own time unless there is a wind.

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Hi Alan, sorry to hear of your loss, keep strong, and please keep in touch with your progress
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Well what I do when I go camping. I make an attempt, then I act stupid, leave the awning half up, take out a chair and sit on it and wait for Neill to arrive.
Jokes aside, I often tow the caravan and set up camp on my own and have everything ready when Neill arrives. If I do have a problem there is always a friendly camper who offers to help. Most people that camp are always willing to help a fellow camper.
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Willie's bit.

If you go to our  NBS (News) section – click on link “News” above, and then click on the tab “General News”. Further down the page is an article on the “Wonderwieletjie” with photos that Frans Pretorius sent to us. Easy to make and use!

I hope this helps you Alan.


Hi
Kan iemand asseblief vir my die skakel na die wonderwieletjie gee?
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Hi
Kan iemand asseblief vir my die skakel na die wonderwieletjie gee?

Tik in die woord "wonder" by "title search" hierbo.....daar is n hele paar topics oor die wieletjie
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