Even if you have a large and spacious caravan, putting up an awning can make all the difference to your stay on a caravan park. They can provide extra living or sleeping space, or even somewhere that feels just a little bit more outside without actually being exposed to the elements. At the very least they can give you a bit more storage space, which even the best caravans can need.
So, how do you choose the best caravan awning for you? That’s where the Practical Caravan Awards 2023 come in. We’ve used our decades of collective experience to pick out the standout caravan awning on the market for the 2023 season, as well as revealing our other top choices.
The best caravan awning is…
Made by Westfield in Germany, and imported into this country by Quest Leisure, the Galaxy awning is brand new for 2023, and very much aimed at the seasonal pitch market.
It’s a full air single point inflation awning, made using Tencate and Mehler Airtex fabrics. It should certainly provide a sheltered, watertight and most of all elegant space for you to expand into when you come to stay in the caravan.
The windows are tinted to keep out any glare and to provide you with a bit of privacy. All windows come with internal blinds that are zipped, and with a mesh panel for ventilation.
Available in three sizes for awning sizes from 946 to 1050cm, the Galaxy also comes with the added reassurance of a two-year warranty.
Price: from £2899 at www.questleisure.com
The best caravan awnings – our other top recommendations:
There are some other great caravan awnings out there – we round up the pick of the bunch here.
Roll-out awnings are not as common on caravans in the UK as they are on the Continent, and are nowhere near as common in either case as they are on motorhomes. But that could soon change if people start latching onto the advantages that Isabella’s new Buddy system provides.
Rather than go to all the hassle and cost of bringing a full awning on tour with you, the Buddy consists of two sides and a front panel that you can attach to the roll-out awning. That front is also available in four different sizes, so you can choose whether what you are creating is a fully enclosed awning or something more resembling a large verandah on the side of your caravan.
You still get the same Isabella quality. The Buddy is made of the same Isacryl fabric the Danish manufacturer uses on its more conventional awnings. And you have the added reassurance that when you come to pack up, it’s just a case of removing these panels and rolling them up, rather than trying to find space in either your caravan or car boot to cram the whole collapsed awning into.
Price: TBC at www.isabella.net
With today’s increasingly large caravans, sometimes you might not want to bother with a full awning. All you might need, perhaps, is just a little place to get out of the wet while you fumble for the keys. If that is you, Dometic’s new Portico product may be for you.
It’s essentially a canopy you fix to the top of your caravan’s door. But it stays rigid, thanks to a solid air-frame. It also has a keder connection to make it easy to slide into your awning rail, even if you are on your own.
Price: TBC at www.dometic.com
This new polycotton awning from Dometic comes in six different sizes, for awning measurements ranging from 950cm to 1100cm. Made with the same Air Frame technology that has already proven successful in the brands’ Rally range of awnings, the Residence is designed for all-year-round use. It comes with an integrated inflatable canopy, zipped external window blinds and removable front and side panels.
Price: TBC at www.dometic.com
Trigano’s Aruba was launched as the little brother to the larger Samoa awning. This year it has been redesigned to give the whole awning a more modern look. Available in three sizes – 280, weighing 22kg, 320, weighing 22.4kg, and 390, weighing 26.5kg – it has been made with Trigano’s Air Camp technology, which is designed to make pitching easier and quicker, with a single external inflation point.
It has large windows to let as much light in as possible, and with interior blinds to keep it out if need be, and all doors come with mosquito screens. Options available for the awning, which is distributed in the UK through Manchester-based Grove Products, include a roof lining and an inner tent.
Price: £1067.72 at www.trigano-camping.com
- After more accessory inspiration? Then take a look at our guide to the best caravan movers, where we round-up our top picks to take the stress out of reversing and manoeuvring your tourer.
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