Mitch Kingsland
It's strength is also it's Achilles heel. The quirky design aims to allow you multiple configurations. Nice. However, introduce a spot of wind and Sheltapod becomes a sail. The side panels (although removable) and canopy capture the wind. The space between van and pod become something of a windsock. It's a fair weather piece of kit. I have a med roof Transit which means my awning rail is at about 2.4m height....too high to achieve an apex on the canopy, therefore it puddles up there very quickly and leaks where the pole touches. Driving away then reconnecting at this height is very difficult, but (BUT), Sheltapod comes with straps that you can hurl over the van and peg the other side. Bit of a bodge but it works (until the wind starts again.....suggestion.....fix a couple of strap attachments in the middle of the canopy so you can fix it down the other side and reduce the wind flappage!). I erected mine single handedly in failing light, watch the videos, it's quite straightforward. Downsides? For fair weather use really (all my poles have bent in the wind...first use and they're £25 each!!! to replace) and not so good with Med high roof. I'm unconvinced by Sheltapod, it takes up a lot of room but doesn't really give you as much space as you'd expect. I look forward to erecting it on top of a Cornish clifftop looking out towards the sunset with the bbq going.... I doubt I'd take it back to Cumbria.
2 months ago
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