Caravan Awnings

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Does anyone have any thoughts on caravan awnings
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Reply By: Grinner - Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 11:13

Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 11:13
A bit of a vague question, but I love our awning on our caravan.

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Reply By: Thinkin - Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 11:28

Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 11:28
I love the thought of relaxing under a shady caravan awning
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Reply By: Notso - Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 11:36

Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 11:36
Wouldn't be without one.

More to the point, get one that you can tie down. The roll out type are more robust. The wind out ones are convenient but are a bit fragile I think. Never owned a wind out but have had friends with them.

Don't leave them out if the wind is high.

Keep them clean with gentle detergent and water.
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Reply By: Witi Repartee - Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 12:29

Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 12:29
Not often,. but occasionally
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Follow Up By: Krooznalong - Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 14:06

Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 14:06
I probably would if I owned a caravan.
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 15:27

Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 15:27
After using our van for 5 years of great (mostly outback) holidays, I wouldn't dream of having a van without a roll-out awning. When parked facing north to capture the solar energy, the awning is on our sunny side on hot afternoons. That shade, together with all the windows and hatches open makes for a very comfortable environment after a morning's trek across the wilds. Get an awning :-o).
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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 16:29

Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 16:29
The roll out awning is the best thing since sliced bread you will never regret getting one.
As we have free standing solar panels I always try to park on the nth side of tree shade when bush camped then place the solar in the sun.
The combined effect of shade and an awning rolled out is a real blessing when it is hot.
You can also get sunblaster walls both long and short to assist with cooling.
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Reply By: UnderDax - Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 17:11

Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 17:11
Not sure about awnings... but I knew a bloke once. Every time he saw a pretty girl he had a "thoughty".
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Follow Up By: Krooznalong - Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 10:44

Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 10:44
Do I know you :-)
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Follow Up By: UnderDax - Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 11:26

Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 11:26
Is your nickname "Stallion"?
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Follow Up By: Krooznalong - Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 11:32

Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 11:32
Only when I sees a pretty girl!
Me thinks we may get into trouble for off-topic here. But I reckon the original question, being as vague as it was, was destined to be answered in this sort of fashion by a few of the less serious ones.
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Reply By: MobiCondo - Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 20:11

Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 20:11
We have a strong non roll out awning, not always used, but very useful and welcome when we need to. Especially in arid areas where we appreciate our own shade. Have also fixed "sail rail" to the off-side to have another shade area both sides when needed.
Cheers - Mobi
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Reply By: Dennis Ellery - Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 20:54

Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 20:54
Don’t buy an electric awning - I have one.
They are too fragile - a gust of wind destroyed the gear box and motor on mine a few years ago.
Mine rolls out parallel to the ground and therefore you can’t drop one corner to shed water.
Because of this you can’t tie it down when it’s raining (unless you add roof beams) or you will risk tearing it off the van.
Stick with the old manual spring driven type.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 00:20

Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 00:20
Hi Cheryl and Brian

What are your travel plans? Will you be touring and just stopping for the night, or will you be going to a set location for a holiday? What climates will you be camping in?

A roll out awning would be easier to use than the roof of our annex used as an awning, but not as durable in strong winds. We have a full annex but don't even take it with us. When we are touring we do not use the awing at all, preferring to take our chairs and follow the shade of trees. We have only used the awning when we have gone to a set location for a week, and showery days were expected.

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Reply By: Member - CHERYL& BRIAN - Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 08:11

Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 08:11
Thank you all for your replies.We have an off road caravan that has a fiamma awning.We are not very impressed with it and thought we might get another type,probably a dometic or aussie traveller or carefree brand. We would like to know your experiences with any of these brands.

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Follow Up By: Member -Dodger - Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 08:41

Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 08:41
This is our second van with a carefree rollout awning.
They have worked well for us however, as others have said with any brand of awning roll it in when their is a likleyhood of strong winds.
Also make sure you tie it down as sometimes their is a willy willy or sudden gust of wind.
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Follow Up By: MobiCondo - Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 17:51

Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 17:51
Should have mentioned that we have an Aussie Traveller, with full walls to use in a long term camp. Now 7 years old and still easy to set up etc.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 23:05

Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 23:05
Do you still have the awning on your Cruiser Mobi?

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Follow Up By: MobiCondo - Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 at 08:53

Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 at 08:53
Hello Motherhen,
You have a very good memory there!
Yes we do - it is also an Aussie Traveller, and we use it often as shade on day trips AND can squeeze our home made double (2 metre x 1.5 metre) swag, porta-potti, directors chair for clothes with room to dress when we have to leave the BT and go basic camping in places such as Purnululu.
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