Full, Porch, or Canopy? Find the Right Awning for Your Caravan

Posted on: 24 March 2016

Anyone who is serious about their caravan will likely have thought about taking an awning along with them; after all, having one means more space, plus a measure of protection from adverse weather. However, you'll still have to choose the best type to meet your needs. Here's a quick rundown of the available options.

Full Awnings 

Full awning are large structures that often fit right over your whole caravan like a large tent. This can more than double the amount of usable living space, and many of them come with separate rooms. This makes them fantastic for larger families, or for those who caravan with friends, since everyone can have their own space. They are also ideal for long-term caravanners who like to spend plenty of time in each location.

Of course, full awnings will take much longer to put up than any other type, and are typically the most expensive, so they make less sense for people who like to keep their costs low and their wheels rolling.

Porch Awnings

Porch awnings, or half awnings, are just like full awnings, except they only cover one side of the caravan. This means that they afford less space and often don't come with separate rooms. However, they are also quicker and easier to put up, and they provide an ideal place to take off your wet clothes and muddy shoes before clambering into the caravan itself.

Porch awnings are a good option for those who like to stay at one site for a couple of days but don't need all the room that comes with a full awning. They're also nice to have if you need to store bikes and other items outside of the caravan but away from the elements.

Canopy Awning

Canopy awnings are different from full awnings and porch awnings because they can be permanently fixed to the side of the caravan, though this is not the case with all kinds. Some will retract from the side; others will need poles to be positioned to hold them up. In any case, you will be able to quickly cover the area outside of your caravan with an awning in order to provide cover from sun or light rain.

These awnings don't provide as much cover from the elements as other types, but they are convenient and relatively inexpensive.

There really is no right choice when it comes to caravan awnings. You just need to take your own typical needs into account, then consider the pros and cons of each option.

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