Saturday, April 13 2024

For some time now I have been look­ing around for a basic sun canopy I can use while away. I did­n’t want some­thing that would be per­ma­nent­ly fit­ted to the van, like a Fiamma (besides, they’re very expen­sive), and I did­n’t need a full awning as I do not need the space.

I think I’ve now final­ly found exact­ly what I’m after, the Reimo Char­ly Sun Canopy, and it was only £59 via eBay, also avail­able direct via Camper­works web­site. Pre­vi­ous to buy­ing this I bought a Van­go Sun Canopy, but it had so many ropes and com­pli­cat­ed poles to set up, I gave up and sent it back. The Reimo canopy is sim­ple, it has two very stur­dy poles with just one guy rope on each and the height is eas­i­ly adjust­ed. It attach­es to the van via the Kador method, I have a hid­den J Rail in the gut­ter and using a fig­ure 8 rail it attach­es quite firmly.

As with all awnings, I would­n’t rec­om­mend leav­ing up on a windy night as it just tugs on the van, but while sat out­side it held well with quite a keen breeze.

If any­body is look­ing for a sim­ple sun canopy then I would def­i­nite­ly rec­om­mend this set up.


The Gold Coast of Devon on the first weekend of July


Keeping the van steady on a windy night

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The Moonraker

A complete self-confessed VW nutjob. My VW T4 is actually my first and only VW I have ever owned but I love it. Having bought my van as a straight forward panel van, I enjoyed the process of converting it how I wanted. Now the van is all done, it's getting out and exploring I love to do.

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