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    Default Side wall awnings on 360 awnings and TTT during a storm?

    Hi everyone
    Can I get opinions on using side walls during a storm on swing out awnings on caravans or on trailer top tents?

    We have an echo TTT and we don't have sidewalls, so we let the wind pass freely underneath the top awnings, keeping it down with 2 storm straps. This works perfectly (even at SRM), but it renders your outside kitchen useless, especially with sideways rain. Do you use sidewalls effectively in a storm to still use your kitchen outside?
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    On our off road trailer we had a howing moon TTT and used it completely closed with the sides during heavy winds on the KZN south coast, During this time it mostly wasn't a problem, however we have had 2 instances where the winds were so strong that not only did we need to remove the sides but we found it more comfortable to sleep on the floor rather than on the trailer due to the movement.

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    Thanks for the reply. Those must have been some storms!
    So I assume in general you would recommend them? How does it impact your setup time?
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    We had a Howling Moon TTT with sides. The sides fitted on with zips. We now have an Echo Namib with sides that velcro on. We much prefer the zips. If you going to have them made / have a choice, go for zips rather than velcro.
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    Default Re: Side wall awnings on 360 awnings and TTT during a storm?

    The wind will normally get under the awning and blow it over the roof of the vehicle.
    The sides will help to prevent this, but I would still recommend storm straps over the top.
    I don't use sides, because of set up time, but tie the side arms to my vehicle, to prevent the wind from lifting them...

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    We have enough sides to enclose our awning but have not up to now used them all at the same time. We will often use 1 or 2 for some wind protection.
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    Default Re: Side wall awnings on 360 awnings and TTT during a storm?

    Quote Originally Posted by mcowell View Post
    We have enough sides to enclose our awning but have not up to now used them all at the same time. We will often use 1 or 2 for some wind protection.
    Have you had them up during a big storm?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sneaky Pete View Post
    We had a Howling Moon TTT with sides. The sides fitted on with zips. We now have an Echo Namib with sides that velcro on. We much prefer the zips. If you going to have them made / have a choice, go for zips rather than velcro.
    Thanks for the advice! I also thought zips would make it quicker. Would probably have to have a strip with velcro on one side and a zip on the other made and leave them on the top awnings so sides can be zipped
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    Quote Originally Posted by konstanddp View Post
    Have you had them up during a big storm?
    Yes, we have used some of them at times in fairly strong winds, as otherwise it is impossible to use the stove. Gas stove and wind are not friends. On the sides that have "windows" I usually roll them up at night to reduce the strain/pressure on the sides.
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    Default Re: Side wall awnings on 360 awnings and TTT during a storm?

    Quote Originally Posted by mcowell View Post
    Yes, we have used some of them at times in fairly strong winds, as otherwise it is impossible to use the stove. Gas stove and wind are not friends. On the sides that have "windows" I usually roll them up at night to reduce the strain/pressure on the sides.
    Thanks for the pics, it looks awesome! About the gas and wind, we know it too well. We have a gas stove integrated in our kitchen, useless in storms, even with the built in wind screen
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    Default Re: Side wall awnings on 360 awnings and TTT during a storm?

    Quote Originally Posted by konstanddp View Post
    Thanks for the pics, it looks awesome! About the gas and wind, we know it too well. We have a gas stove integrated in our kitchen, useless in storms, even with the built in wind screen
    I tend to only use the sides if we need them; we have just done a six week trip to Zimbabwe and I think we only used a side on 2 days at Chamaluvati when we needed more shade.
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    Default Re: Side wall awnings on 360 awnings and TTT during a storm?

    Quote Originally Posted by konstanddp View Post
    Hi everyone
    Can I get opinions on using side walls during a storm on swing out awnings on caravans or on trailer top tents?

    We have an echo TTT and we don't have sidewalls, so we let the wind pass freely underneath the top awnings, keeping it down with 2 storm straps. This works perfectly (even at SRM), but it renders your outside kitchen useless, especially with sideways rain. Do you use sidewalls effectively in a storm to still use your kitchen outside?
    We have an Ostrich wing with a added room on the TTT. This was our setup before getting the Commander. Elected to keep it for where the Conqerer canít go.

    Always set up the side walls on longer stay to create kitchen space. Here is the setup from the outside:



    Here is a short video of the inside. Ignore the stupid narration:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqMHs8SQNEs

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    Default Re: Side wall awnings on 360 awnings and TTT during a storm?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zapiture View Post
    We have an Ostrich wing with a added room on the TTT. This was our setup before getting the Commander. Elected to keep it for where the Conqerer canít go.

    Always set up the side walls on longer stay to create kitchen space. Here is the setup from the outside:



    Here is a short video of the inside. Ignore the stupid narration:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqMHs8SQNEs
    Looks really really nice! Wish I could fit a nice big 360deg swing awning to our trailer...
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    Default Re: Side wall awnings on 360 awnings and TTT during a storm?

    Quote Originally Posted by konstanddp View Post
    Thanks for the reply. Those must have been some storms!
    So I assume in general you would recommend them? How does it impact your setup time?
    The problem with fitting side is always time. Both up and down. Our TTT came down to the ground and was a quick easy set up of 15min with the awning. Rather than spend another 30min plus putting up the sides, we would do this as and when required. Easier to add one side for comfort than 4 sides for just in case.
    Agree with the earlier remark on zips. They are definitely a better option

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