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Maiden voyage with our Skipper T a success

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17 Jul 2019 @ 13:25:09 pm
Paddyandpaul
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  • Everything worked perfectly, the tent hangs nice and straight, the inside is so much more spacious and outside tent a proper tent and all in all a big improvement on what we experienced with our Sherpa.
  • Just one bit of advice. When pegging the side awnings in the ground the pegs tend to be half exposed as the loops are a few centimetres above the ground. Is there an alternative peg we should use which will not pull out so easy?
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17 Jul 2019 @ 13:46:47 pm
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Try those thick elastic rings...

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17 Jul 2019 @ 13:49:50 pm
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Kampeer is aansteeklik en verslawend 😁
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17 Jul 2019 @ 14:04:25 pm
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Or..  make your own. The lenght that you wanted.

Buy a couple of meters of the elastic. Cut the required lenght and join the ends. 

I will try and send n photo of what i did.

I love camping all year round
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17 Jul 2019 @ 14:53:29 pm
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Or..  make your own. The lenght that you wanted.

Buy a couple of meters of the elastic. Cut the required lenght and join the ends. 

I will try and send n photo of what i did.

 

WAARSKUWING:

Kampeer is aansteeklik en verslawend 😁
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17 Jul 2019 @ 17:08:55 pm
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Glad you enjoyed it.  If you are like us, you will refine the Skipper until it completely suites your needs and will enjoy it more and more every time you go camping.  It is such an easy van to tow and to handle, it makes your trips a pleasure.  I hope we happen to meet at a campsite some time so that we can exchange "wisdom" and tall tales about our experiences.

Het is beter rijk te leven dan rijk te sterven
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17 Jul 2019 @ 20:46:49 pm
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Thanks guys, have had the thick elastic bands before but they were too long. Mabe see if i can get shorter bands.

Fred you are from Limpopo. Do you ever camp in the berg or on  the coast in Kzn? Would be good to meet up and swap stories. Perhaps at a Skipper get together sometime too.

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17 Jul 2019 @ 21:44:47 pm
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Thanks guys, have had the thick elastic bands before but they were too long. Mabe see if i can get shorter bands.

Fred you are from Limpopo. Do you ever camp in the berg or on  the coast in Kzn? Would be good to meet up and swap stories. Perhaps at a Skipper get together sometime too.

They held Skipper get togethers at Mcnicols on Natal South coast.....I think last time there were about 35x Skippers

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18 Jul 2019 @ 09:32:40 am
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Paul, We do not normally camp in KZN, or the Berg, but it might happen from time to time.  Our daughter and her family live in Ballito and we visit them, but without the caravan.  Depending on where in KZN you are, we might meet when we again go down there.  I would like that.

Het is beter rijk te leven dan rijk te sterven
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18 Jul 2019 @ 10:26:58 am
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Fred keep us informed if you do decide to come camp in Kzn we will make a plan and come camp. We are planning to go to Mpumulanga around March next year if you camp there. Have not done Merry Pebbles and all the views like Blyde rive canyon, Borkes luck potholes, Pilgrims rest etc since College days and will include a week at Kruger. Told that Pilgrims rest etc are run down now.

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18 Jul 2019 @ 10:38:02 am
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Paul, will do so when we come your way.

I do not want to sound negative, but the whole of Mpumulanga has gone to the dogs. Our children has been to Merry Pebbles a few years ago and found it quite good and so would be Swadini resort, but the sites you would want to visit, is unsafe and costly as you have to pay entrance fees everywhere.  This used to be one of our favorite parts of the country far in the past, but these days we stay away. Instead of touring the area, I would rather stay at Swadini, perhaps Eiland and Tsipise and then move on to Kruger.

Het is beter rijk te leven dan rijk te sterven
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18 Jul 2019 @ 13:45:57 pm
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Thanks guys, have had the thick elastic bands before but they were too long. Mabe see if i can get shorter bands.

Fred you are from Limpopo. Do you ever camp in the berg or on  the coast in Kzn? Would be good to meet up and swap stories. Perhaps at a Skipper get together sometime too.

You get the long elastic bands as in the photo supplied by Geert.  Then there are the normal round ones that you usually get with a caravan tent.  When looped through the tent D-shackle and again through it self it should be what you need, as the looping shortens the elastic some what.

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18 Jul 2019 @ 15:56:32 pm
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I made my own bands. I purchased a length of 'bungie cord' (I think it was 6mm) and used ferrels to join the two ends. I have a few spare ones in the caravan with the ferrel cramped to one end. If I need a new band I  just need to put it through the loop and then cramp the ferrel to the other end - works perfectly. When I bought the caravan I replaced all existing the rubber bands as some were perished. I use pliers to do the cramping.

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17 Aug 2019 @ 23:53:04 pm
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I must say it is very nice to see a couple of Oyster owners having a chat and sharing a few tips on making the oyster even more of a pleasure when camping. I have been out of touch for some time, but have fortunately met a couple of very interesting and super Skipper owners since we aquired our Skipper in October 2016. The advice I got from you Fred at the time has proven to be very useful. I would be interested to know Fred, if you perfected your short stop awning, The one I have has proven to be very handy on many one or two night stops. ( I see skipper have now developed one. )

We have evolved and picked up a few more simple inexpensive Mods and ideas to make Life a lot  easier  all round, and have just picked up another from this forum......... the "Bungie cord"  Rubber Rings, a great Idea, thanks.

On another point, I believe that Skipper are planning a rally some time in the next month or two at Mac Nichols.

 

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18 Aug 2019 @ 06:06:34 am
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I must say it is very nice to see a couple of Oyster owners having a chat and sharing a few tips on making the oyster even more of a pleasure when camping. I have been out of touch for some time, but have fortunately met a couple of very interesting and super Skipper owners since we aquired our Skipper in October 2016. The advice I got from you Fred at the time has proven to be very useful. I would be interested to know Fred, if you perfected your short stop awning, The one I have has proven to be very handy on many one or two night stops. ( I see skipper have now developed one. )

We have evolved and picked up a few more simple inexpensive Mods and ideas to make Life a lot  easier  all round, and have just picked up another from this forum......... the "Bungie cord"  Rubber Rings, a great Idea, thanks.

On another point, I believe that Skipper are planning a rally some time in the next month or two at Mac Nichols.

 

15-17November

https://www.caravanparks.com/35.Caravan-Camping-Forums-Skipper-get-together-15-Nov-Bazeley.htm?forumaction=1&loadcategory=1012&loadpost=250173990&highlight=Nicol#ForumsAnchor

WAARSKUWING:

Kampeer is aansteeklik en verslawend 😁
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18 Aug 2019 @ 07:40:15 am
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Badger, I have dropped the idea of my own short stop awning.  The idea was good but I used cotton drill as canvass which I tried to make water repellent.  It was nog very successful.  I thought about replacing it with ripstop but have not done that bvyet and will probably not go ahead.  I have not yet devided whethert I an going to buy the one from Shipper- I am still considering that. In the mean time we just do not pitch the tent for one of two nights' stay.

I am happy to have been able to assist you.

Het is beter rijk te leven dan rijk te sterven
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19 Aug 2019 @ 11:16:50 am
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I must say it is very nice to see a couple of Oyster owners having a chat and sharing a few tips on making the oyster even more of a pleasure when camping. I have been out of touch for some time, but have fortunately met a couple of very interesting and super Skipper owners since we aquired our Skipper in October 2016. The advice I got from you Fred at the time has proven to be very useful. I would be interested to know Fred, if you perfected your short stop awning, The one I have has proven to be very handy on many one or two night stops. ( I see skipper have now developed one. )

We have evolved and picked up a few more simple inexpensive Mods and ideas to make Life a lot  easier  all round, and have just picked up another from this forum......... the "Bungie cord"  Rubber Rings, a great Idea, thanks.

On another point, I believe that Skipper are planning a rally some time in the next month or two at Mac Nichols.

 

Brian, Skipper is having a get together at Bazeley MacNicol resort 15 to 17 November. We have booked and paid for a site in Froggy pond and will leave the monday 18th or mabe extend if a number of people stay on.

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