We just bought a solar blanket for our 28' pool this year. We have quickly found out that if we don't have a reel or some other way to remove/put on this cover, we are just NOT going to use it. Too much of a pain.
Because of the physical location of our pool, it doesn't appear that we would be able to swing a 28' reel around and out of the way because of bushes and such if mounted in the middle of the pool. I'm not a fan of leaving it on the pool to have to swim around or under either. I would ideally like for it to be able to be taken off and put on by 1 person, but can live with it if it took 2.
Can I get one that is made for say 20-24' pools and place it off-center? I know I would have to fold and unfold a couple of feet on the sides for the cover to fit onto the reel. A shorter length might help although I haven't taken the time to actually measure to see.
Do all the reels require drilling into the top rails? I would prefer to not do that also, but all that I have looked at require that.
Could I get a smaller reel and mount it to posts on the outside of the pool? I'm not sure I like that either because of having to walk around it and vacuum around it, but that may be the only way.
I guess I am confused about what everyone that doesn't have a 10 acre field surround their pool does?
I have a perfectly good fence beside the pool that would be ideal to hang the cover on when off, but it is just confusing as to how I would get it over there.
Since I have never owned a solar reel, I am hoping that some of you experienced solar reel people will have some words of wisdom for me.