Vanagon – trying some things to make the GoWesty rainfly work a little better

UPDATE29/05/2012 – I posted my attempts at fixing the gutter clip/angle/hook issue on the Samba and a member responded that there may have been a mistake made at Go Westy with wrong hooks being sent out. So I emailed Go Westy, outlining the issue and I got a quick response of new hooks to be sent out to me. I am impressed by this prompt customer service, well done Go Westy.

I spent a couple of hours playing around with the fly, wanting to fix- what I see as problems – the gutter angles/hooks and the front strap system. Previous post about fly here.

I’m just using what I had on hand, and this is only preliminary stuff.

I had some longer metal hold down hooks, I sewed some velcro on to them. These hooks have a more obtuse angle on them compared to the Go Westy ones. I also attached some webbing attached hooks and buckle for the front straps. I added some silicone tape wrap to those hooks.

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The new angles are longer, so I stuck on some velcro to the clip itself to provide a bit more area of velcrotude.

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The new angles/clips do seem to hold on firmer.

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Where my ShadyBoy awning is, I left the stock hooks, they are fed up from below and the hook part can’t pass through the space. I was dumb not to see this way before, I said in my previous post about the fly that it was not possible to attach these hooks, doh.

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The front strap mod is not so successful, but not completely ass.

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An annoying curl in the material at the front.

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Well, it is a start, I’ll be trying to get it a little better. I’m not happy with the front strap idea.

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