Awnings are either fitted to the roof or wall of a vehicle. Which method is suitable depends on the following three factors:
Curved edges are suitable for roof fittings. Whereas a squared edge with sufficient room above the door will accommodate a wall mounting. In either case, suitable mounting brackets are also required. Your vehicle’s length will determine the size of the awning.
Ultimately, this comes down to individual preferences and the money you would like to spend and how hungry your are for comfort. We outline key details below:
Benefit - It is quick and easy! At the click of a button, the awning will open or close within some seconds.
Disadvantage - Electric awnings always need a 12V power supply. In emergency cases we have a crank for manual retract.
Benefit - You have freedom to travel to the remotest destinations! No reliance on power, so no limitations.
Disadvantage - It just take you some small efforts to open and close the awning manually
Consider the following when deciding to purchase a supported or self-supported awning:
Your dealer would like to inform you in more details about our awnings and accessories and which products can be combined:
Camp Room – Only compatible with Dometic awnings with support legs
My Room – Only compatible with self-supported electric wall awning PerfectWall PW 3500
If you’re staying somewhere for a short period of time or want to react quickly to a sudden change in weather, you may appreciate the quick action of an automatic awning. Don’t forget to factor in the amount of time needed for putting up any accessories, such as a Camp Room:
Automatic: 35 secs to put out/pack away
Manual: 10-12 mins to put out/pack away
If you want the ability to set up your awning alone: you’re better off having a self-supported awning (without legs). Self-supported awnings are always operated electric – at the simple click of a button!
The length of time an awning is left open often impacts how people feel about the set-up time. So consider how long, roughly, you will leave the awning open: are 12 minutes deploying a manual awning more effort than it’s worth? Perhaps an automatic awning that opens in seconds is more suited to your needs. That’s not being lazy, it’s being realistic!
Many of us like to use our motorhomes to escape the world and travel to remote spots, far from civilisation. If you are one of those people, then a manual awning is the ideal choice for you as it has no reliance on power. This means you’ll also be buying a supported awning, as self-supported models (without legs) are only available with 12 volt motor operation. But if you’re someone who wants to get lost in the middle of nowhere, away from shops and power sources: we’re guessing you won’t mind putting your awning out manually!
We advise all types of awnings are put away in the wind and rain. Remember: “awnings are for shade not shelter”.