Double your space with an awning
Lightweight caravans are fantastic and can make touring a real pleasure, but there’s usually a payoff for buying an easy to tow small caravan, and that’s space! But don’t worry there is a solution- an awning. Awnings can double the usable area of the caravan giving you more storage space for bikes, chairs, windbreaks etc. An awning could also be used as a spare bedroom, especially in the summer months.
Traditional pole frame caravan awnings
Conventional awnings use metal or fiberglass poles to create the main frame of the awning before the fabric outer skin is attached to the frame and the caravans awning rail. These types of awning can be quite heavy, and erecting them can take some time and be a bit fiddly and frustrating, especially if you’re doing it single handedly. And of course, if you’re anything like me, you may find yourself staring at a pile of poles while you try and remember which one goes where! Well don’t let all this put you off the idea of buying an awning, because there is a pretty nifty solution to these issues – an inflatable awning, yes that’s right, inflatable!
Inflatable caravan awnings
With an inflatable air awning all the traditional pole framework has been replaced with an inﬂatable frame that is actually part of the awning structure. You just attach a pump (either manual or electric) and like inflating an air bed, the awning pretty much erects itself. Another advantage of an air awning is its flexibility in the wind – so you’ll have no more bent or snapped poles to contend with.
Fitting an air awning to the caravan.
Attach the air awning to your caravans awning rail, then peg down the corners using awning pegs. Then just fit the air pump to the awning, and inflate. Once fully inflated peg down all other points and attach the guy ropes, and that’s about it!
Are air awning durable?
Well this is what Kampa AIR awnings say about their air awnings:
“The AirFrame is incredibly durable. Each AirPole is made of a strong TPU inﬂation tube that is zipped into a tough reinforced PE cover. This is then zipped into a heavy duty polyester sleeve in the awning. The inﬂation tubes are well protected and need no maintenance. They are not affected by extremes of temperature – they have been tested in arctic and tropical climates and we sell to Iceland and Australia. Should one of the AirPoles be damaged, each AirPole can be isolated from neighbouring poles using the isolation valves. A repair to the AirPole or replacement can then be made in a matter of minutes.”
So there you have it. Air awnings – who knew! What a great idea, especially if like us you don’t stay on one campsite for long, and are constantly on the move. I think I’m sold on the idea, how about you?
3 Air awnings with good reviews
I’ve put together a list of 3 air awning that have received good reviews on Amazon.
2 . The Vango Air Awning – Varkala 280 Awning weighs just 22.4Kg, coped well in adverse weather conditions.