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Topic-icon Help! Roof inflated in high wind.

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2 years 2 months ago - 2 years 2 months ago #852 by Mwnci
Mwnci created the topic: Help! Roof inflated in high wind.
Hello, I'm new to Dandy ownership and have just come home from 2 days in 20mph+ constant winds. The Dandy held up great & the awning too. Packing up was great until we came to folding up the roof which was full of air and billowing. It's like a huge marshmallow & too inflated to fold & get the cover on, it's like packing an inflated bouncy castle!! Just managed to get front bungees on & drive home slowly. Very fed up, what usually take 10 mins took over a hour & still couldn't get air out. Don't know how it got in as watertight so thought airtight. Checked but can't see any tears or rips it can get in, only the white section has inflated.
Is this because the wind has been forced into tiny rips in the fabric somewhere? Has it happene to anyone else? Is there anyway to stop it happening? Any ideas advice or tips appreciated as husband has given up on it now as nearly broke his back trying to pack it!! :(
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2 years 2 months ago #854 by Sanjo
Sanjo replied the topic: Help! Roof inflated in high wind.
Hello Mwnci.
I assume that your roof is insulated?
The only thing I can suggest is that you telephone (or email) Riva Dandy and ask for Ian Smith. He made the Dandys in latter years and is surely able to advise you.

The only other thing I can think to do, and it's drastic, would be to make a small discrete hole,on the INSIDE roof, attach a vacuum cleaner hose and suck the air out but as I say that is really drastic. I have never heard of this happening.

I'm normally advocating the folk on the Facebook page to come here but since this is a matter of some urgency maybe you should go the the dandy facebook page and ask if anyone else has ever had this happen
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2 years 2 months ago #856 by Mwnci
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Hi Sanjo, thank you for your reply. After getting home we left it a few hours and it deflated quite a lot thankfully. After getting it out and having a better look than the hasty windswept one this morning I found a tiny 10mm tear on the inner lining of the roof which was on the windy side so I'm guessing that was how it got in and inflated it. We managed to get the rest of the air out with my husband lying on top of the roof and me holding the hole open, it all came out and I've gaffer taped it for the time being until the tear aid tape I've ordered turns up! I'm going to ring Dandy in the morning to order some bits so will ask for Ian, thanks for that.
The wind was relentless and we had bungee cords holding the front down so I'm pretty sure no moisture got in the insulation but the first night my husband said he didn't like the look of the puffy roof, it did not look right. We were on Newgale camp site, the clue is in the name really, 20mph winds all day and night!
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2 years 2 months ago #859 by NeilT
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Never heard of this before :ohmy:
You use the word fabric, I take it you mean mean PVC?
For any rips, and a long term fix tenacious tape is your best friend :) always carry some in the Dandy. It will do a repair that will last for many, many years.

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2 years 2 months ago - 2 years 2 months ago #860 by Mwnci
Mwnci replied the topic: Help! Roof inflated in high wind.
Hi Neil, yes the pvc, it was like a balloon! As we were folding it on top so the balloon got bigger, I was afraid it we pressed too hard to try and flatten it it would pop! People were looking at us struggling as it just became like a huge inflatable! Had just told another camper how easy and great Dandys are too. The more we tried to flatten it the bigger it got. The wind was pretty relentless & didn't drop for 2 days, it was puffy the first night but I thought it was just lifting so it must have been filling for the 2 days we were there. We had bungees on the front too, couldn't face side into the wind as had the awning, side on the awning would have taken off!
One things for sure if could happen & it's going to happen it always happens to me!
Ordered some tenacious tape:)
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