How to choose a camper awning

Today we are going to go through the choices you have with a Camper Awning. Hopefully this information will be useful to some extent but if you still have questions you are more than welcome to give us a call or an email. If you would like to purchase a Camper Awning then please follow this link or check out the Shop tab on our website for the whole range. We do offer fitting at our Alcester Workshop because some people don’t like fitting them themselves in case something goes wrong.

Camper Awning Fitting

 

What is a Camper Awning?

A Camper Awning is basically a canopy rolled up inside a cassette and this Camper Awninng is permanently mounted on the side or roof of your campervan. You could wind it down either by hand or a 12v motor depending which one you have purchased. The extended support legs are inside within the cassette and they pull out when the canopy is fully extended. The most popular awnings are Vamoose or Fiamma. 


What size should you buy?

This completely depends if you own a short or long wheel base van. If you are not sure which one you need to purchase then give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to help out. The Vamoose Camper Awning comes in a powder coated textured finish complete with all fixings and general instructions. These are designed specifically for VW T4, T5 and T6’s. The bar is made of malleable aluminium, which means it has greater flexibility. The Vamoose Camper Awning rail that we supply is a specific version that fits to the left hand side of the vehicle, please bear this in mind when purchasing. We also supply a Fiamma Camper Awninng for VW T5 and T6’s. It is a great compact design. It has removable fixings. We think it’s an excellent quality and price ratio. The Camper Awninng is fixed to the upper part of the van with reduced height because of the lowered brackets. As standard it comes with a deep black case box and royal grey fabric. It unrolls in an overhand motion to guarantee fabric tension. 


Benefits of having an awning rail 

To be honest this is a simple question to answer. The benefit of having a Camper Awning is that you can sit underneath it while it’s sunny and keeps you cool in the shade and also gives a more private feel when you are camping next to other campers. They are not that expensive to purchase and install, they can be installed by yourself too. We have a video linked on the product page as instructions. 


Top tips to maintaining your camper awning 

Maintenance is key if you want your Camper Awning to last for a good long time. Knowing the type of fabric that your Camper Awning is a huge help. They can be acrylic or vinyl awnings. Generally, acrylic fabric awnings allow air to circulate more and are not waterproof but dry in a few hours. Whereas vinyl Camper Awnings, easily collect dust and dirt which can lead to mildew and tend to be susceptible when exposed to high heat. Before you set off travelling in your camper, make sure you have checked your awning for any rips and tears. You don’t want to be at your destination and then realise that your Camper Awning has a tear and can’t be used! Never leave your awnings unattended. We recommend always rolling your awning and tucking it away before you go to sleep for the night or when you are not near your campervan, as they don’t withstand a large amount of rain or wind. This can become costly if you have bought your Camper Awning recently and then it got damaged while you are camping. If you can see that there is a big storm rain coming then please do roll your awnings back in, you don’t want the fabric to get too wet and if they do get too wet, let them dry before rolling them back into the cassette case.


We think we have covered the most important bits and bobs about Camper Awnings. If you do have any more questions get in touch with us! Wildworx is always happy to help out in any way we can. We look forward to hearing from you and about your campervan journey - we always love hearing about customers' travels where they’ve been and what they’ve been up to.  


Get in touch!

Now that we have touched up upon the important bits. You can visit us by appointment only - we follow all the up to date government guidelines regarding COVID-19. If you prefer to get in touch remotely, our email address is info@wwxvans.co.uk and our phone number is 01527 359 002