I am looking to buy an inflatable awning about 3 to 4mtrs
My main choice seems to be between Kampa and Vango
My current awning is by Kampa and is about 5 years old. It has lost colour and uv has caused a few of the tie down tags to break. Not sure if the latest of their products is better. Any experience or recommendations will be appreciated
Message posted by Lorfal12/11/2017 at 4:01pm Outfit: autosleeper fairford Location: Rannoch Scotland
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Have a driveaway Vango kelalll. We really like it. Itís easy to put up, itís easy to take down. It has stayed up in gales. The joining section is a bit flappy and moves along the rail when windy. We us the large throw over straps, clip onto joining section then pin onto ground close to van and stops the sliding movement. Works well.
It has a sewn in ground sheet, we like that. All in all itís been a good purchase
Just back from a few days away specifically to try out our Vango Sanoma 350 air awning. We picked it out at the NEC and it was delivered a couple of weeks later.
Firstly I should say I was surprised how heavy it was. I came complete with pump, naturally, storm straps and rock pegs.
When had set up on site and the first cuppa had been consumed we set about looking at the contents of the bag. The instructions were sewn into the bag it came in and you really need a decent set of specs to read them, still who needs the instructions?
We had to slide the awning into the rail from the rear of the van which meant an almost 90o turn at the top. This is because we have awning rail stops screwed into the rail just below the top straps of the towing cover to stop it slipping down.
The weight of the awning made us struggle a little but no great problem. Once we had pegged the thing against the van my OH pumped the front two bags up, a couple of inflated cross members and a few pegs later it was all completed.
The shape of the beams, on this model anyway, makes for decent headroom and the foam cushions and additional poles against the van made for a decent fit to the side of the van. When you consider that pegging down is much the same on any awning, was pumping the air beams up any easier than inserting a couple of carbon poles, I canít imagine so. Was it any easier than erecting a full size awning? Oh yes.
Looking forward to next years outings.
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Message posted by Lorfal16/11/2017 at 9:17am Outfit: autosleeper fairford Location: Rannoch Scotland
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Varkala 420 2015 so used for three years, stands well in all weathers. Have no problems with the air pressure, or bendy tubes. It's heavy and needs two people to thread it onto the rail then it's a one man job to peg down. I mess about inside the van during construction 😇
Bought a Vango Valkala 420 in June and have been out in some very strong winds and was so pleased with it. Stood up really well and hubby didn't have to get out and fix the poles ( reason for buying this one)
We have a Kampa Rallye Air Pro 390 and we really like it. It's very sturdy even in high winds, easy to erect (once you've got it threaded through the awning rail). and above all else looks great!
The only thing that may be an issue for some is that it's quite heavy (about 32kgs off the top of my head) so it can be a struggle to get it through the awning rail, that being said, I can do it solo with a bit of a sweat on!!
Really impressed with our Kampa Rally Pro Air awnings, we've got the 390+, 330, 200 and both annexes (sloping and tall annexe). As the annexes are compatible with all 3 awnings we just take which combination suits us for each trip. They've all been fantastic and stood up to some very testing weather conditions and we love the one inflation point, plug in the electric pump, set the PSI and off you go!!
I've got a Kampa Air Pro 390. Bought it earlier this year and it's the new model with two large windows at the front instead of three. Yes, it's heavy, but as a mere female mostly towing solo, I get round this by taking out the sides before feeding into the awning rail. I put them back before pegging out. It's great quality and can be pegged down securely so my three West Highland Terrorists don't escape.
I find the manual pump quicker than the electric one, although the electric is handy for the last couple of PSI. Don't plug it into the van though as it blows the fuse!
The only negative comment I would make is with the new Limpet system. Some have had these mark the sides of the van, especially over decals. I haven't had that problem but have suffered a number of breakages of the limpets in slightly windy conditions. They're a flimsy plastic screw inside which snaps off at the slightest breeze! At £20 for eight , I replaced the first set but won't do again. As long as the sides are pegged under the van it's as snug as a bug!