A caravan is a great choice for a family holiday, but it will have limited floor space – especially for larger families, not to mention the pets! A caravan
There are three types of awnings on the market today: the complete
Today we show you how to choose the best caravan awning for you and your family.
The process of choosing an
You can find awnings that fit most types of caravans. However, if you have a unique unit such as a pop-top caravan or folding caravan you might need a special
awningrail runs the length of your caravan, covering one side. It is therefore sized to suit your specific caravan model.
You can choose from a wide range of sizes, fabrics and quality for these tent-like structures. Others have additional sleeping areas, while others can be removed to let you enjoy the sun whenever it shines. Some curtains would look great in a showhome.
Measuring For A Full-Sized
Two measurements are important when looking for a complete
awning‘s depth is the distance between your caravan and the outer wall of the awning. A majority of awnings measure between 2.1 and 3.5m in depth. The awnings are generally between 2.1m and 3.5m deep. However, the deeper the awning, the more space inside.
- This also means that you will need to transport and erect the fabric on-site. You may want to limit the size of larger caravans to 2.5m in width and 5m for a Club pitch. Instead, opt for awnings 2.5m or less deep so that your entire unit can fit on a pitch.
- The ‘A’ measurement of your caravan is usually provided in the owner’s manual. However, you can take measurements yourself. First, level your caravan.
- Next, take a length of non-stretch string and run it through your caravan’s awning track – the rail that runs around your caravan from the door side and through which your
awningwill be threaded.
- Each end of the rail should have a string that extends to the ground. This is necessary in order to maintain the rail’s exit angle. Modern awnings cannot be used with older caravans that do not follow the rail’s underside contours.
- Attach one end of the string to the ground and then tension it to determine how many strings are needed to reach the ground at its other end. This measurement will give you the ‘A’ measurement of your caravan.
This is a great video that explains how to measure up for an
The Universal Or ‘Porch’
The large or universal porch
The majority of air-tube awnings can be used in all types of weather.
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These provide a comfortable place for you to remove your wet clothes and wellies before you get into your caravan.
Porch awnings keep the worst of rain and wind away from your door, and can also be used to store bikes in the rain.
When it is warmer, many offer enough room for two to sit at the table.
Measurements For A Universal Or Porch-Awning
Two things are important to remember when buying a porch
First, measure the height of your caravan from the top rail to the ground.
Second, take note of where your caravan windows are located and what outlets might be blocking the
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Will it be awkward to keep the window open at all times? Is it, for example, above the hob or stove? It may be necessary to open it if you want safe ventilation while cooking.
The Canopy Or Cassette
You can attach a canopy or ‘cassette’
You can attach fabric walls to create a canopy
Installing a permanent canopy is a complex job. You can do it yourself, but It’s worth talking to your local caravan dealer if possible to get the right fit for you.
We used to have a Fiamma canopy
Awningon our old Bailey and whilst it was great in the summer as a sun shade – it was no substitute for a proper awning. For the price I would always go for a either a porch or full awning.
Hardstandings And Awnings :
Awning Be Pitched On a Hardstanding?
It will be difficult to set one up on a tarmac, slab pitch or stone pitch however, and the majority of hard standings are made from gravel or a plastic grid that allows for grass growth.
You can still pitch an
Awning Top Tips
- Use a groundsheet or old tarp to cover the ground if it is too muddy for you to erect the
awning. This will allow you to lay the fabric without making it wet or muddy.
- For speed, it is best to attach an
awningwith the side panels zipped in. If it is windy, remove the panels first to avoid wind-blown fabric in large areas or worse, damaging your prize possession.
- Winter caravanning is something you should seriously consider. Snow can be quite heavy, so make sure your porch has the ability to carry it. Snow can be shed by awnings that have a slope towards the roof, which could cause it to split.
Here’s a really helpful video we found on how to correctly pitch a Porch