An awning is an essential component of any caravan trip and is the best way to get the most out of your caravan. An awning that is well chosen can extend your caravan to up double its size and may end up being where you spend most of your time.
The the market is flooded with different types of caravan awnings from various manufacturers each with their characteristics. When it comes to buying an awning, there are some things that must be put into consideration so as to ensure that it fits onto your caravan and your requirements as well. This guide will look at some of the important aspects to consider when selecting an awning that fits your caravan.
The Types of Awning
Also referred to as inflatable awnings and they are extremely easy to erect. Instead of using a metal structure, air is pumped into an inflatable frame. Sometimes, air and steel are used. Since they have fewer or no steel poles; these awnings are much more lightweight compared to the traditional awnings.
Porch Awnings: A porch awning is a small extension for your caravan and offers a great space for storing equipment, bicycles, wet clothes or your pet. Porch awnings are easier than full awning to erect and disassemble and are more portable, meaning they can fit any caravan or motorbike.
If you are looking to create more space outside your caravan, the full awnings is what you should aim for. These structures are permanent and extremely competent and enable you to create one, and in some cases, two additional places.
The awning fabric differs enormously in power, weight and look. Lightweight polyester has many benefits including being lightweight to handle, erect and pack away, and it is also easy to drain. Awnings made from this material are therefore the most suitable for the weekend stays.
Caravan Awning Frames
You will find numerous awning frames: aluminum, glass fibre, steel, and air. Many manufacturers offer a choice between these for each awning model, depending on your needs.
How Much You want to Spend on the Awning
Depending on the type of the awning, whether small porches or the full awnings, the price range is vast. Depending on your budget, you can buy a porch made of lightweight fabric for about ?200, or you can opt for a full awning, with numerous features that can cost more than ?3000. When buying a full awning, the cost for any given model depends on the caravan’s length; a longer caravan will require more fabric and frame to cover it hence a higher cost.
When folding up the awning for storage, make sure that it is clean and completely dry. You can hand it up to dry in two days.