Caranex/Carawagon

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Calum
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Caranex/Carawagon

Post by Calum » Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:14 am

Well I never! I'm half surprised, half not - mainly surprised as it's taken me this long to actually realise there was a connection.

Along with John Stokes and probably others I use a Caranex with the Carawagon (although I do need to modify it slightly to fit better) and do think they look 'right' against a series vehicle. Whilst on eBay I noticed a bright blue Caranex attached to an old Volvo estate for the photos which caught my eye. Looking at the photos I noticed the label on the tent carried the usual red Caranex logo but also the Carawagon name and address. Unfortunately it had already sold but a blue Caranex with Carawagon branding would be spot on! (Although it would need modifying to fit the higher vehicle)

A very quick google shows that the Caranex name, brand etc was trademarked by Carawagon International in the mid-late 70s. Since the original Caranex tents seem to be the H1 models to suit lower vehicles, I am assuming they started making them to fit their Carawagon 'Couchette' conversions on the Renault 4.

I am tempted to see how well a Caranex would fit on the telescopic poles fitted to many 109" Carawagons - I would guess pretty well. Robin, I may have to bother you at the Pit so we can try my Caranex on a set of your awning poles!

Interestingly enough, Caranex still use a firm called CIT Ltd. in Walton on Thames to carry out any repair/alteration work to their tents - I wouldn't be surprised of this is the same firm that made them originally for Searle/Carawagon International

Link to eBay item:
https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre ... 3793424138

Link to trademark info:
https://trademark.trademarkia.com/caranex-73162652.html

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Re: Caranex/Carawagon

Post by Jonny72 » Mon Sep 02, 2019 6:31 am

Calum, I think the Caranex might fit well onto the telescopic poles. Depending on whether the Caranex is H4 or H4TL, the poles would be extracted to different lengths to ensure a good fit.
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Re: Caranex/Carawagon

Post by RMS » Mon Sep 02, 2019 7:56 am

Jonny72 wrote:
Mon Sep 02, 2019 6:31 am
Calum, I think the Caranex might fit well onto the telescopic poles. Depending on whether the Caranex is H4 or H4TL, the poles would be extracted to different lengths to ensure a good fit.
The centre pole of the telescopic awning frame was originally a fixed length and would have been supplied to suit the original awning.

However, it could be replaced with a shorter/longer pole to suit whatever awning you want to use :cheers:

With the new frames I supply, I make the centre pole the maximum usable length, around 6', as most folk use them to throw a tarp over, but I can also supply an adjustable centre pole if required :tiphat:
1967 109" Carawagon 200TDi
1958 109" Carawagon 2.25P (project)
1972 109" Carawagon 200 or 300TDi (project)
1972 109" SW Carawagon 2.5NA (project)
1974 Dormobile 2.25D (project)
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