Just sold motorhome after 12 years and bought a caravan (suits our style of camping now we are getting on a bit) Anyway we have just bought a Vango Varkala 280 air porch awning to go with it. We probably won't get to use it now till next spring and I was wondering if anyone has experience of this awning and their opinions of it!!
not got this awning but I suggest that you put the awning on the caravan just to check everything is ok, even if that means just on your driveway, 6 months is rather a long time to find out if its right or not
Yep I know you are right I have had it out on the lawn but its not the same as on the van is it We went away for the weekend with full intentions of using it but thought if weather changed we might be stuck with a damp awning over the winter
but it will have to go on the van of course
what a wimp eh?
Message posted by cliffbrown via mobile 23/9/2019 at 5:59pm Outfit: Ford Kuga AWD & Lunar Clubman SI Location: chesterfield
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Air awnings are a bit like Marmite. Some love 'em, some hate 'em.
When we bought one we couldn't get on with it. This was partly because it didn't suit our (older) caravan because of the roof height, but also because it came in one piece and we found it too heavy for us to manage, now that we are getting on a bit. It was only a porch too. Our current full awning with metal poles is much easier for us, even though it is huge, because it comes in 5 pieces that zip together. Once the roof section is up I can do the rest on my own easily. I only need help with the roof because bits catch on the awning light when pulling it through the rail, so one pulls while the other one feeds it in and flips the bits out of the way of the light.
I have now tried it on the van and it fits like a scotsmans purse "Spor ron" not too heavy and stops 2 inches from the window
Pleased with the size as well it being only the 280 and the biggest one that would fit without going with a full awning which we wanted to avoid (just a preference thing) quality of material seems excellent but only time will tell
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We weren't sure about a full awning either, but we couldn't get on with the air porch awning and the poled porch awning which had been great on the caravan we had last didn't fit well on the one we have now. It came halfway across a window, which neither of us liked. Then I spotted this secondhand full awning for a very reasonable price and we went for it. Great quality, very strong, and easy to put up. Simply huge inside, so no regrets at all.
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We bought the Vango Varkala 2 years ago and love it. No poles rattling if it's windy. Easy to inflate and very solid.
Just had to look that one up as I hadn't heard of it. That's a completely different style to the air awning we have, and had so much trouble with. Maybe they are a lot better, I don't know.
Never had any problem with poles rattling in the wind though. Our Trio Sombrero is solid as a rock and completely rattle free. We had to take our air awning down in the middle of the night once though, as we couldn't stand the noise! The air-poles kept buckling and the whole thing was slamming against the side of the van. Maybe the Varkala wouldn't do that as the air-poles go the opposite way.