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Kampa Motor Rally Air owners? Could you please advise?

Hi

We have just taken delivery of our MRA 39L and went away yesterday to try it out.

I have questions on 2 things if I may

1) The booklet says that to thread the awning on the canopy it is easier to lower it. Looking at my wind out canopy I'm not sure that it could be threaded 'in situ' when it is flush with the MH side as the rail channel entry looks to be obstructed by the side of the housing.

However when I rolled it out, due to the weight of the awning I had to put the legs down so as not to put undue stress on the arms under the canopy material.

When pulling the awning through the channel it also wanted to pull the whole canopy sideways with it. And lastly when rolling it up, due to the weight it wouldn't jump into its housing so I had to have Mrs GMJ on the winder whilst I used a step ladder to aid it back into the housing.

Does any owner have any hints/tips on this part of the process (as I yet again appeared to be suffering from tourettes when I did this)!

2) The steps 2 and 3 in the blurb confuse the hell out of me as I am really not sure which bit to peg in first (step 2) and then second (dtep 3)...and the pictures do not help (...more swearing again Im afraid!)

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I would love to help but what is an MHA 360xl.
I Googled the letters... not known. The 36L is possibly a Fork Lift Truck or a Torch. Neither suitable to be used as an Awning.
I hope someone can identify your needs.

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I typed MRA not MHA - standing for Motor Rally Air (as per the thread title) - the size is a Pro 39L as in 3.9m wide and I think the XL denotes the height off the ground.

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I think I understand what you are saying.

We don't have that exact awning but I guess the problems would be similar. To thread ours through I wind the awning out maybe 2 inches or so and then thread the beading into it. I thread it on at the hab door end so I can start the process. For reaching the high bits in the middle I bought one of those cheap plastic step/stools at a show. I am then able to wind the awning back in.
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we have one and as you say it's quite a struggle.

We lower the awning, I then spray some PTFE into the channel, which helps it not stick. When I pull the motor rally through, my wife holds onto the awning, as you say it tries to pull it sideways.

When it's through I put the awning back up, then inflate and tie it down after inflating.

We tried to do it by the manual, but it never seemed "right"

probably isn't correct but it seems to work
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Thanks folks

A couple of useful tips there. I'll get some PTFE spray, definitely.

When winding up the canopy arm will it jump into the locked position on its own with the winding process? I had to help it along somewhat.

Also can you shed some light on steps 2 and 3? I don't know which bit to peg down first underneath the MH

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Graham good luck!

Our awning doesn't "click" back into place anyway I just wind it back as far as it will go.

Can't remember which bit we peg out first, but do remember to get the "triangles" of grey/black plastic f on the two outer corners (inside the rally air) before pegging
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Can't remember which bit we peg out first, but do remember to get the "triangles" of grey/black plastic f on the two outer corners (inside the rally air) before pegging
That may prove to be useful - thanks

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Is it worth the hassle, I have to ask? You sure you are not a latent caravanner?

I think we should direct Plodders to this thread - it will complete his aversion therapy!!

(This will explain all to those who have not been following the tragic tale of mental instability! https://www.motorhomefacts.com/ftopic...6.html#2695626)

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Yes it is worth the hassle,it's a brilliant bit of kit and the erection gets easier the more you do it.
We have the kampa air and it makes a big difference to living space if stopping for several days.

We don't always put it up but the option is always available if we want to turn into tuggers for a while.
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