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Sun reflective cover.

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26 Apr 2020 @ 15:41:12 pm
Robert Cano
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Hi guy's. 

I have pop up caravan, I was thinking of getting a cover, to cover the caravan and tent, is that a bad idea  as I noticed that no one seems to do that, is there a reason for that.

Thanks 

Robert 

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26 Apr 2020 @ 16:17:12 pm
Louvan
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A lot of people use silver sun reflective covers - especially when it’s hot. A very sound idea.

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26 Apr 2020 @ 16:41:25 pm
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Most dont cover the caravan as well but it can only help. The caravan is generally better insulated than the tent and also more UV resistant. The tent is highest priority and the reflective sheeting keeps it kooler and makes it last longer and protects it from tree gum and bird/bat droppings.

Good idea.

Groete,
Paul
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26 Apr 2020 @ 17:22:20 pm
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When covering a pop-top and awning or tent with one of these be mindful of the silver covering's behaviour should the wind pick up at night. It has a tendency to get in between the pop-top and silver covering playing absolute havoc with your sleep. On two occasions we got up to remove the covering. 

Perhaps it was not designed for use where it can become windy, such as near the sea.

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26 Apr 2020 @ 20:50:06 pm
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Greetings Robert,

What make and model of van do you have ? We have a Skipper Oyster, and are busy at the moment looking for a reflective cover for the tent. If you know the Skipper you will know that you spend 90 + % of your indoor time in the tent which can get pretty hot.

Up to now the best option seems to be a company called S A Shade who make modular covers which join together with valcro,  which allows you to  use a single cover for the main tent and add on for extra awnings.  They will also reinforce the borders with webbing and loops instead of metal eyes, doing away with the need for special storm straps in windy conditions.

I only contacted them on Friday via their website and expect a reply to my enquiry next week. Being in long term lockdown ( Pensioner ) I don't know when I will be in a position to  get a reflector,  but I think they are a good Idea for most of your camping.

Let me know your findings.

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27 Apr 2020 @ 07:48:11 am
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Om n silver seil oor n pop-up te trek gaan jy ventilasie  beinvloed 

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27 Apr 2020 @ 08:16:22 am
Robert Cano
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Good morning Badger. 

We have bought our last cover from Solutiocon a chap by the name of Tinus email address tinus@tinel.co.za very pleasant chap with a great service, unfortunately if I knew how to attach the spreadsheet with the prices I would, I will look at your supplier as well for reference.

My query really is to find out if covering the tent and the caravan is a wise decision, as the one chap mentioned that it flaps against the top of the caravan a causes a ruckus, the reason for total coverage is the we have 2004 Sprite Swing and is starting to show seepage, and would extend the life of the caravan.

We are permanent campers with a couple years to retirement. 

Thanks 

Robert 

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27 Apr 2020 @ 08:30:20 am
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Ek het al n Penta gesien wat n silver seil op sy pop-up gedeelte het.....dit pas soos n paslaken oor die pop-up gedeelte....ek dink dit sal ideaal wees

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27 Apr 2020 @ 08:48:32 am
Robert Cano
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Hi Luhrmann. 

Is that just to cover the pop up section, but it won't cover the seals on top of the rest of the caravan, is that what you are saying. 

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27 Apr 2020 @ 09:00:36 am
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Hi Luhrmann. 

Is that just to cover the pop up section, but it won't cover the seals on top of the rest of the caravan, is that what you are saying. 

Yes Robert....it is only the pop up section that's been covered. I would suggest that it maybe worthwhile for you as permanent campers to make one exactly according to your sizes as the standard sizes normally doesn't fit 100% but is okay for shorter terms such as weekends and holidays. Also make sure for a good quality as the standard one is not going to last long as you use it on a permanent basis. Maybe you can use canvas and erect over your van with 4x corner poles....will be cheaper and longer lasting 

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Kampeer is aansteeklik en verslawend 😁
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27 Apr 2020 @ 09:05:15 am
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Yes Robert....it is only the pop up section that's been covered. I would suggest that it maybe worthwhile for you as permanent campers to make one exactly according to your sizes as the standard sizes normally doesn't fit 100% but is okay for shorter terms such as weekends and holidays. Also make sure for a good quality as the standard one is not going to last long as you use it on a permanent basis. Maybe you can use canvas and erect over your van with 4x corner poles....will be cheaper and longer lasting 

Even with 80% or 90% shadenet erected above your caravan with cornerpoles will work

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27 Apr 2020 @ 10:33:58 am
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Even with 80% or 90% shadenet erected above your caravan with cornerpoles will work

Maak vir jou een van skadunet.

 

 

As jy wil he jou drome moet waar word, moet jy eers wakker word.

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27 Apr 2020 @ 14:34:19 pm
KD
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Good morning Badger. 

We have bought our last cover from Solutiocon a chap by the name of Tinus email address tinus@tinel.co.za very pleasant chap with a great service, unfortunately if I knew how to attach the spreadsheet with the prices I would, I will look at your supplier as well for reference.

My query really is to find out if covering the tent and the caravan is a wise decision, as the one chap mentioned that it flaps against the top of the caravan a causes a ruckus, the reason for total coverage is the we have 2004 Sprite Swing and is starting to show seepage, and would extend the life of the caravan.

We are permanent campers with a couple years to retirement. 

Thanks 

Robert 

Should you not attend to the seepage before it becomes a major problem. 

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27 Apr 2020 @ 17:43:34 pm
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Hi Robert,

Apologies I gave you the wrong company name, it should be "All outdoor gear" 

 romeo@alloutdoors.co.za        They could be just what you need. I must agree with Ken however look at the cause of the seepage which could become a far bigger problem if not corrected now and, could cost a lot more to repair.

Good luck

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28 Apr 2020 @ 08:37:16 am
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Om n silver seil oor n pop-up te trek gaan jy ventilasie  beinvloed 

Die beste is om die cover te lig van die tent en woonwa.

n Probleem is dat die silwer seil net so jaar hou in permanente son. Ek het dus n silwer 95% skadu net laat maak is wat oor die woonwa en tente gaan. Dit het n 10 jaar lewe 

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28 Apr 2020 @ 09:05:05 am
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One can also consider the silver cargo tarps they sell at Adendorfs. Not as effective as the real thing but it offers better protction of the van and tent. Also more durable.

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28 Apr 2020 @ 10:24:35 am
mulderpm
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At Metro they sell various colours (incl silver) of water proofed polypropylene by the meter for R40/m. They are 2m wide. One kan add the clip on eyelits where needed. Lasts about 4 months in full sun.

Groete,
Paul
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28 Apr 2020 @ 10:27:03 am
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My blue tarpaulin  from Midas cost me R1100 for 10x6 meters. Lasted 6 months in full sun.

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28 Apr 2020 @ 16:55:24 pm
Robert Cano
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Thanks guy's. 

KD hehehhehe exactly what my wife said, you are right but the thing about fixing leaks, is when you start it never ends, as manufacturers use special bonding methods and the materials are pristine when they bond the stuff together, it just prolongs the inevitable, that it will leak again.

But saying that I will take your/ my wife advice and get it done. 👍

Thanks too all. 

Robert 

 

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04 May 2020 @ 07:48:56 am
Leon
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Hi guy's. 

I have pop up caravan, I was thinking of getting a cover, to cover the caravan and tent, is that a bad idea  as I noticed that no one seems to do that, is there a reason for that.

Thanks 

Robert 

I usually pull the silver sheet over the caravan and the tent.  This helps so much so that we hardly ever use the aircon in the caravan.

Did it like that when we had the Penta with pop up roof as well.  Works very well.  My silver sheet is large enough so that I can set it up with it own poles and ancor ropes.

When packing up I can take down the main tent in the shade of the silver sheet and then drop the sheet.  It works great in hot sunny days or during rain.  Only wet thing then is the silver sheet.

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04 May 2020 @ 20:12:00 pm
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I'm also in need of a reflector and with the advise i got from members i will contact Romeo since i have once used his service. I think he is the best around PTA.

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05 May 2020 @ 08:59:01 am
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Very Expensive!!!. They wanted R11 500 for my custom cover. I had it made for just under 6000.

Groete,
Paul
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