Awnings are either fitted to the roof or wall of a vehicle. Which method is suitable depends on the following three factors:
1.The amount of room above the vehicle’s doors and windows.
2.The shape of the vehicle’s side where it converges with the roof.
3.The mounting brackets available for your vehicle.
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 you can install.
AUTOMATIC OR MANUAL AWNING?
Ultimately, this comes down to individual preferences and the amount of space available on your vehicle for mounting. We outline key details below:
Benefit: It is quick and easy! At the click of a button, the awning will open or close within 35 secs.
Disadvantage: You lose genuine freedom of travel because you’re reliant on power. Although automatic awnings do have a manual override function: use of this can be inconvenient as often the awning must be dismantled to access parts required for manual operation.
Benefit: You have freedom to travel to the remotest destinations! No reliance on power, so no limitations.
Disadvantage: It takes on average 10-12 minutes to deploy a manual awning. For some people this may be a problem, particularly if the awning will be deployed and stowed serval times over a short period of time.
SUPPORTED OR SELF-SUPPORTED AWNING?
Consider the following when deciding to purchase a supported or self-supported awning:
Available with automatic and manual deployment;
Awning legs staked into the ground make it more robust in windy conditions;
Weather kits containing elasticated straps can be used to tension the lead rail and further secure the awning’s position;
Its multiple, independent mounting brackets require a seal or rain guard to fully protect against rainwater running down the side of the vehicle;
Challenging for one person to deploy or stow away – ideally a two-person job!
Only available with automatic deployment;
Requires mounting within the structure of the vehicle which must, therefore, be able to support the weight of the awning;
As the lead rail “hangs” in mid-air it is more susceptible to movement in the wind;
A wind sensor is always fitted and a weather kit with support legs and tie-down straps is provided to secure the awning when open
Its continuous, flush mounting means there are no gaps for rainwater to run through;
Can easily be deployed and stowed away by one person
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