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 adapters are also required. Your vehicle’s length will determine the size of the awning.
Special case: bag awnings
Bag awnings, as the name reveals, are contained in a zipped bag that simply slides into the existing tent rail of your caravan or motorhome. No drilling, no bolting and no special adapter required!
Ultimately, this comes down to individual preferences and the money you would like to spend and how much comfort you want. We outline key details below:
Benefit - Quick and easy setup by remote control! At the touch of a button, the awning will extend or retract within some seconds.
Disadvantage - Electric awnings always need a 12V power supply. In emergency cases we have a crank for manual operation.
Benefit - You have freedom to travel to the remotest destinations! No reliance on power, so no limitations.
Disadvantage - It just takes you some small efforts to open and close the awning manually. A matching crank is included in the delivery kit.
Consider the following when deciding to purchase a supported or self-supported awning:
The vast majority of awning accessories, such as lights and rooms, work equally well across all types of awnings. However, as the list below highlights, certain products require specific types of awning. So if you have your heart set on a specific accessory, ensure you purchase the appropriate awning:
Camp Room – Only compatible with supported cassette awnings
My Room – Only compatible with self-supported wall awnings
If you want the ability to set up your awning alone, you’re better off having a self-supported awning. Self-supported awnings are always operated automatically – at the simple click of a button! Although possible, it’s far harder to deploy a supported awning working alone.
Many of us like to use our RVs 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 are only available with automatic 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 deploying your awning manually!
We advise all types of awnings be stowed away in wind and rain. Remember: “awnings are for shade not shelter”.