An awning is an essential component of any caravan trip and is by far the best way of getting the best of your caravan. If you select your awning carefully, it can extend the size of your caravan up to double its size and may end up being where you spend much 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. Read on to find out about choosing the ideal awning for your caravan.
The Types of Awning
Inflatable Awnings: These are also called air awnings and they are extremely easy to erect. Rather than using a metal structure, air is pumped into an inflatable frame. In other cases, a combination of steel and air is used. The absence or less number of steel poles, these awnings are the most lightweight that the conventional awnings.
The porch awning is a small extension of your caravan and provides an ideal space for keeping your sports equipment, wet clothes, your pet or even bike. This type of awning is easier to erect and disassemble than the full awning and is usually more portable meaning they fit any caravan or motorhome.
Full Awnings: if you want to create the most space possible outside of your caravan, a full awning is what you need. These structures are permanent and extremely competent and enable you to create one, and in some cases, two additional places.
The Material of the Awning
The materials of the awnings vary considerably when it comes to their weight, strength and look. Lightweight polyester offer many advantages such as easy to drain, and light in weight making it easy to handle, construct and pack. Awnings made from this material are therefore the most suitable for the weekend stays.
The Caravan Awning Frames
There are several types of awning frames including steel, glass fibre, aluminum, and air. Depending on your needs, the manufacturers will provide a choice between these options for each awning model.
How Much You want to Spend on the Awning
You will find that the price range of the awnings range from the small, lightweight porches to the luxurious full awnings. You can decide to buy a lightweight awning porch for around?200 or go for the full awning with more features for 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.