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Why use an awning?

It is little wonder that so many caravanners bless the day they invested in an awning – whether it is to attach to the side of a tourer or a static caravan. Awnings tend to be extremely versatile and effectively add another room – or at least additional usable space – to the caravan.

Their versatility is shown by the many different uses they serve:

  • for the additional space which it is always helpful to spill over into, even if you have quite a large caravan;
  • as a place to store additional pieces of kit and equipment which might otherwise clutter the interior of the caravan;
  • as a “wet room”, where you are able to shrug off wet clothing and muddy boots when the weather is inclement;
  • as a shady retreat when the sun is high – but still open to gentle breezes if the awning’s walls are rolled up; and
  • choose an awning with a little individual taste and style and it may even be a way of putting a distinctive personal touch to your touring or static caravan.

Insurance

With so many potential uses and versatility, it may be easy to imagine how your awning quickly becomes an indispensable piece of kit.

As with anything you do not want to go without for long, awning insurance, therefore, may be seen as a priority.

It is a form of protection which you might want to arrange through any specialist in caravan insurance – such as ourselves here at Cover4Caravans.

While cover for awnings can be included in your caravan insurance, you need to tell your insurer that you require this. Your awning will then be listed on your policy schedule as a separate entity.

You will have obligations under your policy, such as never leaving it up in a storm or when you are away from your ’van. (If you need further help or advice on cover for awnings or what your obligations are, please feel free to contact us).

Types of awning

What makes an awning still more versatile is that it may be bought in different sizes and designs to suit particular purposes:

  • a full awning, for example, typically runs the full length of your caravan, to which it is attached by the built-in channel of the caravan itself – your handbook normally specifies the length of this channel, making it easy to determine the size of the awning you need;
  • a full awning may even give you the option of creating a tent within a tent – also known as a “pup tent” for use as an additional bedroom;
  • a porch awning, on the other hand, is a more compact version and may be appropriate is payload weight is an issue when towing a touring caravan;
  • lighter still is a simple sun canopy, which might extend the full length of the caravan but is designed simply to provide shade and may or may not come with removable side walls or those which may be rolled up out of the way.

If you are unable to afford a new awning or simply want to try one out before committing to such an investment, the Caravan Times suggests a search of the second hand market in order to find one in which you might be interested.

If you are planning to buy a used awning, of course, it repays to give it a careful inspection, paying particular attention to any tears in the canvas and ensuring that seams are still watertight.

To find out more, check out our handy guide on buying, installing and using your awning.