All about Inflatable awnings for motorhomes

Inflatable awnings are a relatively new development and you may not realise how much easier they can make life for people who enjoy holidaying in motorhomes and caravans. They have several benefits over the traditional type of awning which needs to be erected using metal or fibreglass poles.

Once you have found your site, the next thing you want to do is usually to settle in. Awnings provide your caravan or motorhome with valuable extra living space, and the quicker they are to erect, the sooner you can get on with the serious job of enjoying yourself.

Quick and Easy to Erect

Inflatable awnings come with their own pump, making putting them up much quicker than erecting an awning with conventional poles. Some have multiple inflation points whilst others are inflated from one point. Awnings with single inflation points are quicker and easier to put up than those with multiple points, but in the unlikely event of a puncture they can be more difficult to repair due to the extra valves and pipes in the system.

In addition to saving time, inflatable awnings are simpler to erect than traditional ones. Some models can quite easily be put up by one person, so if you are on your own or with children, this can be a real bonus. For people with health conditions or limited mobility which makes it more difficult to carry out some of the practical tasks associated with caravanning, inflatable awnings can help. One disadvantage, however, is that because the whole awning is in one piece, without separate poles, it can be heavier and bulkier than a traditional awning.

Strength and Durability

Because the beams of the awning are manufactured from heavy duty plastic, they are very strong and stable. This, combined with a really strong outer cover that is pulled taut when the awning is inflated, means that the structure will be really stable and able to cope with whatever the weather wants to throw at it. This stability also reduces the noise you hear from rain or wind against the outside of the awning.

Inflatable awnings are readily available online so you can search a range at Attwoolls inflatable campervan awnings to decide which is right for you. It is important to ensure that you select the right size to fit your motorhome or caravan.

Although you might think inflatable awnings would not be as durable in adverse weather conditions as traditional awnings, they are actually less likely to sustain damage in stormy weather. This is because there are no structures such as poles to get permanently bent out of shape. In gusty weather, inflatable awnings will simply flex and return to their original position afterwards. Companies such as Vango who produce high quality inflatable awnings test them very rigorously in a weather controlled environment. Their tents are required to stand up to conditions such as 300mm of rain in an hour, and winds of up to 90 km.

Although the advantages of inflatable awnings greatly outweigh the disadvantages, there are some factors that you need to take into account. The first of these is cost. Inflatable awnings are generally more expensive than traditional ones, but they usually carry a good warranty and the quality makes the extra cost worthwhile. You may also be able to get a deal that includes accessories such as carpet or inner tents in the price.

Secondly, because an inflatable awning is all-in-one, it can be bulkier and heavier than a traditional awning. This means that you will have to consider your payload margins when choosing one, and consider how you will best transport it.

It is well worthwhile going to a good display of awnings if you are not sure about the type that would suit you best. There are many different designs on the market, some with a more traditional appearance than others. It can be quite valuable to go inside different awnings so that you can see what the view from inside is like. As well as looking at the colour of the awning, the position of doors and windows and where the ventilation is, you should also check how thick the beams and the fabric are. Although you might think that the thicker they are the better, this has to be balanced against the overall bulk and weight of the awning. Probably the most important consideration is how well the awning will fit your caravan or motorhome without impeding any of the windows or doors, and careful measurement is needed for this.

Finally, remember that your new inflatable awning will be worth considerably more than your old traditional one, so your insurance cover should be amended to reflect this.