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Hi there.


We are after a cheap and cheerful awning solution for our Alphard. We've got a 2006 generation 1 mode. We've not getting it converted for a fair while but are prioritizing the pop-top roof to mean we can still use it to camp overnight on a site or in the wild. One thing we want is an awning so we can pop it up and sit under it if say the weather turned for example.

 

Any advice is greatly appreciated. 

 

Cheers

Mark

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Hi Mark,

 

Since earlier this year, I believe, fitting a pop top will cause the vehicle to need to be reclassified as a motor home.

 

What difference this makes, I don't know, but just wanted to make you aware so you can make further enquiries if you choose.

Hopefully, I'm not wrong on this, but if so, I'm sure I'll be corrected quite quickly.

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20 hours ago, Rojie said:

Hi Mark,

 

Since earlier this year, I believe, fitting a pop top will cause the vehicle to need to be reclassified as a motor home.

 

What difference this makes, I don't know, but just wanted to make you aware so you can make further enquiries if you choose.

Hopefully, I'm not wrong on this, but if so, I'm sure I'll be corrected quite quickly.

 

Thanks for the heads up on this one. My understanding was that for it to be classed as a 'Motor Caravan/Home' in the DVLA/VOSA's eyes it had to meet the criteria outlined here; https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/registering-a-diy-caravan/converting-a-vehicle-into-a-motorhome Cheers for the heads up though.

 

I was after something like this that would slide into a rail that's fixed to the side of the alphard.

 

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1 hour ago, Sparkie19 said:

 

Thanks for the heads up on this one. My understanding was that for it to be classed as a 'Motor Caravan/Home' in the DVLA/VOSA's eyes it had to meet the criteria outlined here; https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/registering-a-diy-caravan/converting-a-vehicle-into-a-motorhome Cheers for the heads up though.

 

I was after something like this that would slide into a rail that's fixed to the side of the alphard.

 

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Hi Sparkie,

 

I checked the link. Very useful.

 

I discovered a checklist for conversions.

 

Pop tops seem to be OK, Hi tops are different however. Wording reading.

 

I am not sure why owners would want to reclassify their vehicle unless it is mandatory for certain modifications.

Maybe the regulations effect Van Conversions more than our Alphies.

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This is also a useful link, outlines the data for the DVLA being even more useless than ever in terms of approving re-classification requests.

 

https://climbingvan.co.uk/van-life/reclassifying-your-campervan-dvla/

 

In terms of a cheap and cheerfull sun canopy/awning rail... can you or anyone else recommend any?

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5 hours ago, Sparkie19 said:

This is also a useful link, outlines the data for the DVLA being even more useless than ever in terms of approving re-classification requests.

 

https://climbingvan.co.uk/van-life/reclassifying-your-campervan-dvla/

 

In terms of a cheap and cheerfull sun canopy/awning rail... can you or anyone else recommend any?

 

Yes it is a another good link. Thank you.

Based on the statistics, it isn't even worth trying.

What is the DVLA doing ? Have they got nothing better to do.

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I've just fitted a plastic c rail to the roof of mine and have a cheap "maypole" awning/sun canopy that looks very similar to the pic. As it's only going to be a fair weather awning I've tiger sealed and self tapped the plastic rail to the existing gutter strip. Saves me holing any metal work. I've adhered it to all but the last 6 inches or so at the end as the pop top flares out towards the back and don't want it fouling. It seems strong enough but will let you know when I try it out.

 

The canopy was about £75, one of these:

 

https://youtu.be/jPQJK89U8jo

 

The plastic rail here:

 

https://www.ukleisureparts.co.uk/shop/awning-rail-c-channel-black-plastic/

 

Total cost was only about £110. So fingers crossed 😅

 

 

 

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On 10/21/2021 at 10:40 AM, Sparkie19 said:

Can anyone recommend an awning they have fitted or have had fitted in the past to their Alphard please.

Hi Sparkie.

I have a near as new Dometic drive away awning that I bought in 2021 used once and now it's cleaned and stored.

May sell if you're interested, it fits perfectly, sleeps 4, pm me if interested.

Tony.

 

 

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9 hours ago, Jcf1 said:

I've just fitted a plastic c rail to the roof of mine and have a cheap "maypole" awning/sun canopy that looks very similar to the pic. As it's only going to be a fair weather awning I've tiger sealed and self tapped the plastic rail to the existing gutter strip. Saves me holing any metal work. I've adhered it to all but the last 6 inches or so at the end as the pop top flares out towards the back and don't want it fouling. It seems strong enough but will let you know when I try it out.

 

The canopy was about £75, one of these:

 

https://youtu.be/jPQJK89U8jo

 

The plastic rail here:

 

https://www.ukleisureparts.co.uk/shop/awning-rail-c-channel-black-plastic/

 

Total cost was only about £110. So fingers crossed 😅

 

 

 

That's awesome mate thanks. Exactly what I was after.

 

How did you go about permanently attaching it to your Alphard?

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