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    Some impartial thoughts please. Thinking of buying a drive away awning for my summer outings. Found a two berth in my price range but 4cms too short. The other possibility is several centimetres too high but is a 4berth with a sewn in sleeping compartment.
    3 questions: Do people with drive always find them a good idea?
    Do they get used a lot?
    Am I totally badly even considering a 4 birth?

    Polite replies gratefully considered. Thanks

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    That was supposed to say barmy not badly!

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    I have a drive away awning, good only IMHO,for long term .It fits like a shirt on a wheelbarrow.
    Some are marketed as "A divorce in a bag"
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    We have a blow up one which works well in Summer especially when we need an extra bedroom . Very flexible so I am sure would fit. Please see similar recent thread on blow up awnings .

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    We had one but hardly used it. What we use now is a Garden Gazebo 2.5 metres square. I can assemble it in a few minutes and take it down as quickly. It is much less weight and a fraction of the cost of a driveaway awning. Because it is freestanding, you don't have to do anything when you want to use the van.
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    and you can get the side for them make the easy to fit use shower curtain ring

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    Quote Originally Posted by maingate View Post
    We had one but hardly used it. What we use now is a Garden Gazebo 2.5 metres square. I can assemble it in a few minutes and take it down as quickly. It is much less weight and a fraction of the cost of a driveaway awning. Because it is freestanding, you don't have to do anything when you want to use the van.
    Interesting - is that one of the 'foldout' ones, that you don't need to actually assemble?

    We've got 2 of the 'assembly required every time' variety and I was thinking of taking one along instead of a blow-up awning, but didn't think the faff was worth it.

    I think the main benefit of a drive-away that 'threads' onto the van is that you can hop into and out of the van without getting wet if it's poor weather.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockburner View Post
    Interesting - is that one of the 'foldout' ones, that you don't need to actually assemble?

    We've got 2 of the 'assembly required every time' variety and I was thinking of taking one along instead of a blow-up awning, but didn't think the faff was worth it.

    I think the main benefit of a drive-away that 'threads' onto the van is that you can hop into and out of the van without getting wet if it's poor weather.
    I set ours up just outside the Hab door so you don't get wet if it is raining. It also has the advantage of being used without the 4 sides (as a sunshade). The sides are fixed using velcro. The one in the attached link is similar to mine but is only 2 metres square, they come in various sizes.

    2x2 Fully Waterproof Canopy Pop Up Gazebo With 4 Side Panels And carry Bag | eBay
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    Thanks everyone

    Think I'm shelving the idea. I only really need it if I have others with me. My granddaughters loved the idea but their mothers face was a picture of oh no not happening. So saving my money and if they come the 3 man tent will come for storage. Light and at least I can put that up, ( I think!)
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    I ah e borrowed a Vango in the past and am now going to buy one as our new van is much smaller than the previous one.

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