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Not all caravan awnings look the same, as this Royal Loxley Air 390 sets out to prove – but it's not just about standing out from the crowd, as we discover
A vestibule frontage gives this one-size-fits-all inflatable awning a distinctive look – indeed, the whole unit is designed around that front door, which has its own inflatable beam for its frame.
But this is not just about good looks – it’s practical, too.
For example, don’t underestimate being able to stand upright in the doorway, rather than stooping.
And note the individualistic front windows, with their canopy protection.
You can have either or both windows open even when it’s raining, with not a drop getting in, thanks to those ‘eyebrows’.
There shouldn’t be problems with ventilation – an aspect that’s arguably even more important in an inflatable than in a traditional poled awning.
As well as those front windows, the side doors have mesh sections.
The Loxley offers more window space than many others, so you should be happy to appreciate lots of daylight getting in, as required – curtains will be zipped in 2018-season models.
Pre-fittings mean there’s also the provision to add an inner bedroom – although you’ll have to shop around for a universal model that will fit.
Multipoint inflation goes against the current trend for a choice of an attachment point from which you can inflate the whole unit. But it’s a way of saving weight and cost.
We found each beam only needed 10 pumps.
It’s not all about inflatable beams, either. There are six alloy tension poles to add for roof support, while overhead, the lighter fabric colouring means there’s a degree of heat deflection of the sun’s rays.
The main fabric is 210 denier polyester with a 4000mm hydrostatic head – acceptable quality and waterproofing figures respectively for this class of caravan awning.
Guylines are reflective, while their pegging points are laddered, for that final tightening adjustment. And the Royal Loxley comes with proper metal pegs.
Buckled strapping stretches across the main door at floor level. This helps to maintain the overall shape, but can easily be unbuckled to make access even easier.
Draught skirting, storm straps, a manual foot pump and rear upright metal poles plus protection pads – for flush-fitting to your caravan, just make sure your windows don’t impede – complete a package that’s firmly on the right side when it comes to value for money.
There’s more to come with the 2018 version, too. There’s potential to add an annexe to either side, for example.
Finally, this awning is also very competitively priced.
The Royal Loxley Air 390 weighs 26.2kg, and is 390cm wide and 250cm deep, with a fixing height of 240cm. Its pack size is 43cm x 90cm x 43cm.
Access is via two side doors plus a central front doorway. You can buy a carpet as an option (£47.99).
Good value and easy to set up, this inflatable awning definitely has a look of its own.
- It is manageably sized, yet roomy
- You get metal pegs
- Like many inflatable awnings, it makes for a hefty bundle when packed up