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Tips for buying a driveaway awning

A driveaway awning can be used to provide shelter, storage and additional space when you are on your motorhome or campervan travels and is a very popular accessory.

Of course, certain motorhomes come with an awning that can roll out however for others it isn’t enough for extended stays or to keep boots that are muddy and dry your dog or even an extra bedroom!

We speak with Outdoor equipment experts Outwell to get some great tips for choosing a driveaway awning for your campervan or motorhome.

What is a driveaway awning?

It’s a freestanding awning like a tent that is attached to the side of your campervan or motorhome. With two doors that allow you to easily remove the awning from your vehicle and stand it up if you would like to travel to enjoy an entire day on your camping vehicle. After returning, you can park it alongside the vehicle and then reattach the awning.

Top tips for buying an awning for your driveaway

Consider the purpose you’re using your driveaway awning to accomplish.

This will allow you to decide on the layout and size. Are you looking to store your boots in a muddy place or use it as an area for living?

Consider storage

Where will you keep your awning when you travel or while your van is stored? Also, you need space to dry and clean your awning. Air awnings are likely to require more space than an awning with poles.

Consider transportation

Think about the weight of an awning and how it could impact your payload.

Consider the size

Be sure to measure the length of your vehicle and purchase an awning that is the correct size. Take measurements from the campervan or motorhome awning rails down to your floor. Certain manufacturers have lower models for campervans, and certain models are larger than others. This is why you should take note of the above points.

Consider the possibility of an erection

If you are looking for an awning that can be used as a driveaway, ensure you know all the information regarding your campervan or motorhome specifically what you have on your van to aid in attaching an awning to it. For instance, if you already have a wind-out awning, you should know the make and model of awning it is, as well as the size of it on the van. This will help you choose your awning a lot easier as a few can be attached to the wind out awning, which usually have a channel that can be used to receive an awning that is drive-away.

There are a variety of fix kits that can be used depending on the components that are already present on the vehicle.

Consider the type of awning you’d like to have whether it’s air or a pole and the best way to connect it to your vehicle. Inflatable awnings are simple and simple to set up and the absence of poles reduces the chance of damage to your vehicle as well as a campervan or motorhome insurance claim.

What is the best way to have a driveaway awning connect to a motorhome or campervan?

The majority of driveaway awnings have straps that you can put over on top of the van, and attach them to the other side. Then, you’ll be able to immediately use the awning.

The best tip is: If you’re using awning straps to cover the van, especially in the windy conditions, purchase an tennis ball, place an encircling snip and then stick the ends of your strap to the tennis ball. Then simply toss the ball over your campervan or motorhome.

Other characteristics of a driveaway awning are an opening that you can put a pole in which you can then clamp onto the guttering on your motorhome or campervan.

Velcro straps or loops that are attached to an awning are designed for motorhomes and campervans that have bar roofs. Simply Velcro the straps to those bars to secure the awning’s driveaway straps to your vehicle, and then anchor it to the ground.

You can purchase an awning rail that is attached your motorhome, or connect an awning that can be driven away to the C-channel of an awning that can be wind-out, using fixing kits.

The best tip is to first take your awning out of the bag, record yourself pulling it out.

How do you get away and then take down your awning?

You require a great item that comprises three plastic strips as well as a long piece of fabric that connects them.

After you’ve pulled your awning removed from the bag, locate the beading at the end of the awning. Then, put the plastic pieces on the awning’s end. Simply attach the fabric through the plastic, and then attach it to your vehicle.

If you’re looking to leave, you just take the piece of fabric, which falls down and then you roll it up to make it neat and tidy against the awning, and you can leave for the duration of.

The best tip is to, before you leave, put down your levelling blocks for your motorhome precisely in the same spot where your front wheels are. It’s easier to drive back up to the two levellers, and you’ll be in the same spot to connect the awning.

New awnings for drive-away vehicles from Outwell

Outwell has improved its inflatable driveaway awnings by adding new Superior Air Touring collection and new designs and features included in the Air Cruising collection.

To ensure quick, simple installation for quick, easy erection, the Superior Air Touring Collection uses the Outwell Power Air System. Additionally, it comes with a variety of sizes and floorplans for every kind of campervan and motorhomes.

One of their most important characteristics is their unique Link Access Zone which is an additional connecting space that can be accessed through the side doors during bad conditions to keep mud and water from the awning and van. It also has a removable floor which can be extended to cover the space below the vehicle, to block drafts.

The tents that are used for guest rooms as well as storage can be found for Parkville 260SA, Jonesville models, Milestone Dash Air, Milestone Shade Air, Newburg models as well as Blossburg 380 Air. Blossburg Air 380.