Caravan Guard’s inflatable awnings review

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  1. Chris says:

    What brand of inflatable awning would you recommend?

    • Liz @ Caravan Guard says:

      Hi Chris, we don’t recommend one particular product. Visiting one of Motorhome and Caravan Show at the NEC or a local caravan show or dealership open day is a good way to look at a wide variety of products and speak to the manufacturer. Some of our readers might be able to recommend inflatable awnings they have found work for them.

  2. Tony says:

    I have a Vango blow up awaning, but found it very dark, it fitted well onto the pullout awaning cassette but there was a gap at the top next to the cassette case that let in the wind, I changed my van and had just a rail fitted and I bought the new kampa drive away blow up awaning plus the electric pump, the pump at £66. Was a complete waste of money, I asked from advice from the Internet and followed what they said.It still will not work as you want it to do, it is going back..Without a awaning cassette to pull it up into the top of you van it is very heavy.and the difference from vango & kampa, the vango has a wall to the van side but the Kampa motor pro 260 drive away has not ?
    My advice is to look at everything for sale, there are lots of stand alone awnings that can be fitted onto your van if you need to / or not
    Try for a fitted floor and try to lift it before you buy as some are Very heavy, look how much space it will take up in your vehicle and what do you have to leave out because you are taking it with you.Good luck.

  3. Glenys padfield says:

    Do they make an awning for a very T 5 high top van

    • Craig @ Caravan Guard says:

      We’ll try to find out for you Glenys

    • Craig @ Caravan Guard says:

      The answer is definitely yes.
      We’ve been looking at different driveaway inflatable awnings and many offer a ‘standard’ or ‘tall’ option. See for example on Towsure’s awning page.
      You need to find out the height of the awning rail and/or attachment points on your motorhome from the ground. That will determine whether you need a standard or a tall version of whatever awning you are interested in.
      Hope this helps.

  4. Eric says:

    I have heard some inflatable air awnings are difficult to deflate for packing away flat.

    • Lucie @ Caravan Guard says:

      Hi Eric,

      That may be the case for some users, but drive-away inflatable awnings do offer a number of great benefits. They’re considered easier to set up as they don’t require poles etc, and they provide extra space and storage solutions. They’re also lighter than most poled alternatives and some think they’re safer to use. As with most things when de-assembling, a little patience and extra care should do the trick.

      Many thanks


  5. Roger Burdock says:

    Does anyone know if anyone has ever had a puncture in one of the inflatable awnings? I have just been on a site where 6 caravans have had one of these since they were made and no one has yet had a puncture so can’t really explain what would happen or how quickly it would take to find the leak.
    We are seriously considering purchase one but would like to know the downfalls first.

    • Craig @ Caravan Guard says:

      Hi Roger
      I’ve just been reading up on reviews by users of inflatable awnings for you.
      Generally the awnings are constructed of heavy duty materials although it seems there are differences between the different suppliers with some claiming ultra weather resistance.
      Manufacturers have obviously given some thought to what happens in the event of a puncture. Many have tubular construction with separate inflation points for each tube meaning that in the event of a leak, provided only one tube section is punctured, the awning will remain upright. I’ve also read about awnings with a single inflation point but separate isolation valves. In many cases it appears it is possible for the manufacturers to replace damaged sections quite easily and some will provide DIY repair kits. It’s probably worth asking suppliers about these features when you shop around.
      Thank you

  6. hilary smith says:

    Is there a model for trailer tents. Our big one is getting too much for us to put up.

    • Lucie @ Caravan Guard says:

      Hi Hilary,

      The best place to try would be Sunncamp – click here for details.

      Their customer service number is 01245 329933 if you want to speak to someone there.

      Let me know if there’s anything else I can do for you.

      Many thanks

      Caravan Guard

  7. Clive Vincent says:

    I have been using aVanguard inflatable drive away awning for the last 12 months, it is so much easier & quicker to put up than a pole type awning & it’s a lot stronger & stable in gale force winds. It’s the next best thing since sliced bread in my opinion.

  8. Diane. says:

    I like looks nice and easy for one person to put up.

  9. John Bell says:

    I am interested in purchasing an air tube awning for my coach built. But they seem to operate at right angles to the van which means no only will I need a long pitch but a wide one too Not certain many sites can accommodate these
    Do any models pitch in parallel to the van and therefore only needing a standard width pitch?

    • Lucie @ Caravan Guard says:

      Hi John,

      I’ve passed your query on to our motorhome expert Nick Harding. I’ll get back to you as soon as I know more.



    • Lucie @ Caravan Guard says:

      Hi John,

      I suppose it depends on the individual campsite. Maybe best checking the facilities online before you arrive. There’s usually plenty of room for an awning to the side of any motorhome, finding one that’s designed to go on the back of the vehicle might be difficult – we’re not aware of any like that available at the moment.

      I hope this helps.

      Caravan Guard

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