Written on: 01/11/2010
A cautionary tale.
Our old Bradcot Classic awning was too small for the new van we bought in May this year. Having had no trouble and unable to fault it we again bought a Bradcot Classic.
Bradcot in their infinite wisdom have changed the steel poles, they now no longer link together......with the result that whilst erecting the awning, the poles slid apart denting our brand new van. The dents will cost £400 to put right.
Bradcot's response after several phone calls was to offer a free... (read more)
Written on: 24/04/2010
Our caravan is on a seasonal pitch in Devon 8 months of the year so we bought the bradcote residencia 960 with steel frame supposably all season.
It as stayed up in some pretty bad storms and the frame as never moved,The materials seem indestructible BUT the cotton they us to put it together is apsolute rubbish!,it has been repaired under the warranty but now that no-longer applies we have to keep bringing it home for repair.I would recommend only using this awing for 2 weeks a year and not... (read more)
Written on: 23/07/2009
bradcot recommends not using a storm tie down.i would srtongly recommend you do as we totally lost ours to a freak wind storm.it ripped completely from its peg downs and bent all easy system poles.it flew up over the caravan and smashed into my car..i now use it only in good weather..any sign of wind it comes down with haste (read more)
Written on: 15/07/2009
I found the awning easy to erect and once up was stable and caused no problems even in high winds. I never used a tie down storm tie as it seemed to distort the whole awning.
No real dislikes although I did have to go through a broker to get extra poles which were delivered in two days very good. Bradcot were not speaking that week. (read more)
Written on: 31/05/2009
Love the Bradcot Classic tent. System is good and easy to erect. But the Aluminium poles. 2nd time of use, one gust of wind and the tent was well tied down. Poles bent and broke.
Bradcott should list each item,cost and delivery.
It would also be nice if Bradcott answered the telephone. (read more)
Written on: 17/05/2009 by HywelOwen (1 review written)
Have owned a Bradcot awning for 10 years with easy alloy frame. Torrential rain in Italy caused water to stand on the roof and snapped a pole. I purchased two rafter poles which prevents water gathering on the roof and I have had no further trouble. High winds can cause the tensioners to close up and the tension is then lost. Strategically placed jubilee clips cure this problem. (read more)
Written on: 06/03/2009
We had a Bradcot Classic for 4 years with fibre glass poles - no problems at all, easy tp put up and we withstood a gale when others with alloy got flattened. Sold it recently second hand very easily. going to buy anotherI don't understand the unhappy users - it doesn't relate to my experience. (read more)
Written on: 28/02/2009
Bradcot Classic caravan awning is such a light and quick pole system. I have just alighted upon these reviews and am amazed! I bought a secondhand Classic in 2006 and had it erected for four months in the corner of France near Perpignan, where, as anyone who knows rhe area will testify, the "tramontane"wind can howl as no southwesterly can in the UK. I was entirely content with the rigidity of this super simple and lightweight awning frame. Why others may have had such problems I cannot... (read more)
Written on: 03/09/2008
I have owned this awning for over five years and have been caravaning for over twentyfive years. This is by far the easiest to erect I have ever owned. It has been used in all kinds of weather conditions including heavy rain and high winds with no problems whatsoever. A lot of people complain about the stregth of the alloy poles, but a bad workman! (read more)
Written on: 03/09/2008
The Bradcot awning is the easiest awning to put up I've ever owned. Been out in all weathers without any problems. All poles wil bend if the awning is not put up correctly! (read more)
Written on: 16/08/2008
The alloy poles are rubbish. The bent in the wind and then snapped. Locking devices snapped as well. Basically the pole system was ok for 2 years then the problems arrived. Bradcot also say no to use tie downs with their awning. (read more)
Written on: 31/07/2008 by andycro (1 review written)
The Bradcot was the worst caravan awning I have ever had. All pegging out points ripped when we had a storm then got them repaied indipendently then after another bout of bad weather 3 of the alloy poles bent/broke in the night.
Now trying to buy the replacement poles can't get any bradcott give me a no. For soeone else no they are waiting for bradcot to spitnew awnings for spare poles.
I will never buy Bradcot again. (read more)
Written on: 17/07/2008 by 19richard39 (1 review written)
My experience of the easy alloy poles on the Bradcot Classic has not been a happy one and I will not be purchasing a replacement set of these poles. I think I will choose the steel poles which are heavier but are also cheaper. I have considered buying the fibreglass poles which are reputed to be very light and strong but I don't know a lot about them. I wouldn't say that the alloy poles are completely useless but I would be uneasy using them in areas where strong winds are either routinely... (read more)
Written on: 12/07/2008
Poles bend in wind and roof sags collecting water and poles bend even more. Totally useless would not buy another. (read more)
Written on: 30/06/2008
Alloy 'upgrade' poles work really well but bend even better when the wind picks up a little. Wish I'd gone for the cheap steel poles. Dealers response to my bent poles issue was that I should make an insurance claim. I'm wondering if we're the only ones to have experienced this. (read more)
Written on: 03/06/2008
Absolutely A1 awning we have had 2 of these awnings now both with bedrooms and had no problems as yet and would buy a nother one in years to come. (read more)
Written on: 30/10/2006 by karlosmalin (6 reviews written)
Bradcot Classic is an attractive and flexible awning but it just can't take windy weather. It's useless in windy weather, the easy alloy poles just aren't strong enough to cope with anything other than a strong breeze. Very expensive pole replacements and the roof sags and collects water in the rain, stretching the material. Bradcot doesn't like you using a tie-down kit, how foolish for British weather. (read more)
Written on: 29/05/2006 by baboo (1 review written)
The Bradcot Classic materials were of a good quality and the colours have remained stable during the 5 seasons we have had the awning. However the seams have had to be re- enforced at the outer corners of the roof as they started to come apart after about 3 seasons of moderate use. I am a little disappointed with the awning as I have previously had Bradcot and been satisfied. I am now looking elsewhere. (read more)
Written on: 10/05/2006 by chrismalloy (1 review written)
We bought this Bradcot Classic awning because it was half the price of similar spec Euro products. Go for the aluminium self locking poles and after a few attempts this awning can go up in 30min max. The fly screens are great for letting a cool breeze run through without being disturbed by insects. Stay calm whilst inserting the zips and they will last forever. The good wife like's the curtain arrangment and the colour and the quality and how it's easily packed away. (read more)
Written on: 09/03/2006 by pjdando (1 review written)
The Bradcot Classic is a nice awning to use, good value for money. not had problem with fading yet it's only had one season. it looks good quality only time will tell. (read more)
Written on: 17/02/2006 by Mike Stoppard
We have bought 2 new Bradcot classic awning, both had a zip problem and would never buy another. (read more)
Written on: 03/01/2006 by zellka (19 reviews written)
The Bradcot Classic is a nice awning to look at and is practical and easy to set up and use.
It is not really suitable for seasonal use however as it fades quickly and shows wear and tear after a short period. Do not lose any accessories as they charge a fortune to post a replacement!
Would recommend however for normal weekend use. (read more)
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