Choosing a caravan awning

A full-size awning more than doubles the floor space of your touring caravan – providing extra room for storage and significantly increasing living space.

Awnings come in all shapes and sizes, from a simple porch canopy that provides shelter and extra outside storage to a full awning with addon bedroom annexes to extend your touring caravan’s accommodation and number of berths. Awnings attach seamlessly to the caravan using a cord fastener inserted into an awning channel or rail. Major manufacturers like Bradcot, Isabella, Dorema and Ventura offer a huge range of products which are compatible with most caravans built within the last 20 years.

What type?

Before choosing, ask yourself some questions to decide exactly what you want the awning to do.

  • Is it a sunshade/wind break for holidays abroad?
  • Is it a place to store wet clothes and wellington boots for holidays at home?
  • Will the family want to eat and/or sleep in the awning?
  • Will it be put up by one person, or will several 'hands' be available?
  • Are you restricted by the amount of weight you can carry in car or caravan?
  • Is the awning just for the caravan you have now, or might you want to keep it for another caravan?

If you want an awning that combines a sunshade with a full awning for longer stops, some products feature removable side panels.

What size?

The key measurements you need to know before choosing are the total length of the awning rail and the height of the caravan floor above ground.

Information

To calculate the exact length of awning, make sure the caravan is level and thread some nonstretch cord up through the awning channel so that it reaches the ground on both sides and measure this.   

Information - Awning colour

Remember that light colours tend to reflect more heat than dark colours and generally give a light, airy impression. If the awning is likely to serve as an extra bedroom, a darker shade may be a wiser choice.