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PostSubject: Vango Kela III Low   Wed Apr 06, 2016 5:23 pm


After 8 faultless seasons using our Khyam Motordome Tourer and one final mishap with some very strong winds, we decided to look into buying a new awning.

We loved the Khyam because it was easy to put up, although did take a while to peg down and was fairly compact.  However, last years new pup addition now meant we had to house 2 dog crates in the awning and space was getting a bit tight, we also became aware that you could only stand upright in the very centre of the dome.  Many winter hours of research later and a visit to the Scottish caravan and Camping show at the SECC, we decided to be brave and go for the Vango Kela III Low.



The Kela III Low is a new addition for 2016, dropping the van connection height to an ideal 180-210cms, which would be ideal if you didn't have a lowered van Embarassed

Inside the bag you get -



storm pegs, mallet, guy lines, repair patches for the material and air beams, straps to go over the camper roof if required



and of course, the pump



We tried the awning for the first time when we stayed at Loch Ness Shores last weekend.  It was calm conditions when we put the awning up, always a bonus for the first time!  The instructions said to start by attaching to the bus, which we ignored and started by pegging out and inflating.  The awning just didn't sit right, it looked like one beam was at a funny angle and it took us a wee while to realise the 'tension band system' was still connected and too tight. Although that probably amused the people who sat by their caravan awning with glass of wine in hand obviously enjoying the entertainment Rolling Eyes

We don't think the pitching was too bad for a first time, although there is room for improvement where it attaches to the bus, probably would've helped if we had used our ramps to increase bus height.  We didn't use the doors in the connecting tunnel as we couldn't get the tension just right to use the zip easily - more practise required there (again probably a height issue!)



Although Dana is the centre of attention in this pic, the background allows you to see that amount of light the Vango lets in - particularly on such a dreich day.

Our overall thoughts of Khyam vs Vango

K - quick to put up but slow to peg fully vs V - quick to put up and peg
K - low internal standing height vs V huge head clearance giving lots of usable space
K - tight fit to the bus vs V - still seems to be a lot of material spare
K - connection tunnel sat flat and could fill with water vs V - sloped connection tunnel and water ran off no bother
K - 2 smallish windows and third side could be mesh vs V - 2 large windows and 2 wee corner windows and third side can be mesh
K - no internal groundsheet vs V - sewn-in ground sheet to help prevent small pups escaping
K - main door at the front of the bus vs V - main door at the back of the bus
K - double zip feature on doorway vs V - single zip only
K - ripstop material vs V - double ripstop in heavier weight material

So there are definite plus and minus points for each awning.  We were complete Khyam fans, and still are, but the benefits of the Vango meet our needs more at the moment.  The Khyam Motordome Tourer is still a super wee awning (and will be available to purchase in a separate thread soon Laughing ). but the Vango is impressive.

We'll try and add more pictures when it's next in use!

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PostSubject: Re: Vango Kela III Low   Wed Apr 06, 2016 5:27 pm



P.S. - Apparently 'awning' is the camping suggestion for your 13th wedding anniversary! Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Vango Kela III Low   Wed Apr 06, 2016 5:32 pm

Interesting read - glad you have something that meets your current requirements
We still love our Kyham Motordome Sleeper

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PostSubject: Re: Vango Kela III Low   Wed Apr 06, 2016 5:43 pm

Thanks for sharing Skytiger , very informative and very impressed , enjoy it.

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PostSubject: Re: Vango Kela III Low   Thu Dec 29, 2016 6:21 pm







Here's a few more pictures of our awning in action.  Our bus was still lowered at this point and we considered adding a beading strip to the roof at the base of the pop top material so we could then use a double kador figure of 8 strip to allow better tension from the tunnel to the bus.

We'll need to try the awning again now that the bus is raised as that could make a difference.

The sewn in ground sheet definitely made our life easy as there was no chance of escape for the dogs.

I'll admit that it not as glamorous as other awnings but it is very practical.
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PostSubject: Re: Vango Kela III Low   Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:54 pm

I am considering getting a drive away awning and like the look of the Vango Idris II or KelaIII. BUT the bus has been lowered and the gutter is at around 165cm (both have a range from 180cm). So, It's a safe bet the doors in the tunnel won't be usable. I know they have the option of connecting via straps pegged down on the far side of the bus. Does anyone know if that would work either side of the pop-top (standard Danbury) ? If so is that likely to be high enough for the connecting tunnel to sit correctly ?
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