The “Pig Pen Patent” vario-flexi-awning
Pig Pen when delivered had the front awning, the full annex awning plus walls etc, and that rather flimsy mini-awning over the steps.
1. The mini-awning flaps like crazy in the wind (we get lots of this in WA)
2. The full annex awning is great but has to be removed for travel, has 6 poles and guys hence is more than a 5 minute set-up.
3. I like the front awning and want to leave it where it is over the pod
4. I want another ‘front’ awning for the rear to replace the mini-awning – this awning fits on the existing zip and has with fibreglass pole attachment points
5. I would like a quick set-up awning for the rear to provide additional shade/rain protection
I’ve seen the “peg-em-down” approach adopted by some owners in windy conditions, but if I’m going to use pegs and guys then why not look for additional benefits?
So, we made the “Pig Pen Patent” vario-flexi-awning
It works like this …
We made a copy of the front awning as it is, for use with fibre glass poles at the rear and left on Pig Pen all the time. – known as the “rear awning”. With the left over fabric (it is 208mm wide) we made a rectangular awning – 4.0m by 1m, the “awning extension”. We also have a 4m x 1.75m extension which can be used by itself, or as an extnesion onto the “rear awning” giving up to 2.8m shade.
Hence the solution provides:
1. A full length rear awning which can be fitted with fibreglass poles when used alone or on peg-unfriendly ground
2. When the small “Awning extension” is attached, there is 4.0mx2m awning supported by 3 tent poles rather than fibreglass poles, providing improved shade
2. When the large “Awning extension” is attached, there is 4.0mx3m awning supported by 3 or 4 tent poles rather than fibreglass poles, providing even more shade
3. In extremely windy conditions, either of the “awning extension” can be used by themself using tent poles, and attached to Ultimate roof to secure along its length – should help wind shudder
4. The whole arrangement can fit inside whilst attached when closed up – I unzip and remove the “awning extension” when mainly travelling.
Below are some pictures of the “Vario-flexi-awning”.
Zip under – can be easily attached from ground level
Awning with 1.75 m extension on supported by 3 to 6 poles with shade cover on front. 3 poles are sufficient fine in light winds. We have found that this generally works better than the Ultimate supplied full rear awning as there is less side windage and weight.