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Outdoor Revolution Light Weight Compactalite Awning

Please note: This review is for the 2006 model. We are now stocking the 2007 Compactalite which features the same great design, but with even more innovative touches, and improvements.

Are you fed up with lugging a great big full awning around, or it is just too much for the short weekend break? If so, why not look at a lightweight porch awning. This new range of porch awnings are becoming ever more popular, not only are they lightweight, they are easy to put up and can be surprisingly spacious. The UKCampsite.co.uk was asked to test the Outdoor Revolution Compactalite Awning, so here goes.

The Technical Part

The Compactalite awning is roomy and very versatile. It has four poles that sit just over the top of the van and when erected looks like a half tunnel tent.

  • A new concept in lightweight awning design which fits most caravans
  • Very compact and versatile / Easy to erect design
  • Zip back doors
  • Rooflite / Teardrop windows
  • Curtains on all doors and ladder rubbers for full adjustability and tuning
  • Comes complete with pegs, guyline and new Storm Strap System
  • All fits into a handy compact valise for easy storage
  • Suitable for heights 235 - 250 cm
  • Width 285 cm, depth 220 cm, weight 11.56 kg
  • Waterproof - hydrostatic head 2000 mm

Putting it up!

The first time putting it up I had only seen one picture very briefly before doing it, so we decided to time ourselves and set the stop watch. Opening the bag, all the parts were neatly folded and tied together making the identification of them quite simple. The instructions are sewn into the awning bag, which is a great idea, as it means they are not likely to get lost or blow away.

Firstly, we checked all parts were there, which they were, and extended the four flexible poles that are the main support of the unit. We then fed the awning piping up through the awning rail and stopped it so it covered the door opening.

Once on the rail, and we had ensured the door had sufficient room to fully open, we started to feed the four poles through the eyelets sewn into the awning material until the poles reached the end pockets. We then clipped the bottom ends into the pin system, that all modern tents and awnings are coming with. These are adjustable and very easy to pop into place.

Once all four poles were in the awning instantly took shape. We had a fair bit of wind coming across the field, so we pegged out one guy line facing into the wind, which stopped it blowing around whilst we pegged out.

There is about the same amount of pegging as a conventional full awning, but it ensures that the wind is kept out, and it's secure. Internally are two straps running from corner to corner, we pegged these down, at intervals, to avoid a trip hazard. The awning comes with four storm straps, and they fulfilled their purpose on this night.

From unzipping the bag to completion , we were done in just under 40 minutes, not bad for two people who had never seen them up before!

What did we think?

When testing the awning, we met some friends at Bosworth water Trust and as it was mid February, it was rather wet and cold, however with this said we still managed in the awning just fine. We had one adult and 1 child's bike stored in the awning with us and some protective flooring, to keep the mud out of the caravan. Now to add four adults, four folding chairs, one small table and a halogen heater - at first I thought "no chance" - but the awning accommodated us and the bikes, with no problem at all, and even with plenty of room left to move about the awning without disturbing our guests, what a bonus.

This is the largest of the Outdoor Revolution Lightweight Awnings and is an ideal size if your requirements are more than just a space to kick off your muddy shows and leave the dog to dry!

The Compactalite comes with three windows, each with its own blind giving you privacy when you want it and the light when you don't.   It also has three opening doors, one at each end and one of the front. This is great for those really hot weekends, when you want the breeze coming through.

Outdoor Revolution Compactalite Awning



Outdoor Revolution Compactalite Awning



Outdoor Revolution Compactalite Awning



Outdoor Revolution Compactalite Awning



Outdoor Revolution Compactalite Awning

We used this awning again at Warren Farm, which is located just next to the Bristol Channel, and anyone that has been here will know that the wind rips through the campsite.  We pitched into the wind, without realising as it was a still morning when we got there, and by the afternoon it was blowing very strongly.  However we had pitched the awning correctly and used the storm straps, and the awning held up superbly.  I know this is a lightweight awning and would not recommended for use in extremely strong winds, but it stood up with no problems in about the strongest winds I've had on a campsite!

Overall I was very impressed with this awning and now have the pitching down to just 20 minutes and that is primarily on my own.  Being lightweight, it is dry in about half an hour, it is easy to pack and always fits nicely back in its bag.  It does not take up a great deal of space when travelling and is an ideal space for up to four people in chairs with a couple of bikes in it.  This awning is spacious, a good design and in a good colour.

Where can I get one from?

You can buy this Outdoor revolution Lightweight Awning and the others in the range directly from us at UKCampsite.co.uk at prices you will find very hard to beat, go on , check out the shop here.  We also stock awning carpet, utility tents and a great range of family and touring tents.

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