Awnings are an important part of many caravan experiences. They add extra space to the caravan, which can be used for a table and chairs or simply for storing wet clothes and boots while they dry. Some of the larger awnings even come with space to add extra sleeping quarters, so more people can enjoy the caravan trip. Just buying any awning and hoping it will fit your caravan, however, is never a good idea. Measure the length of the awning rail so you can tell for sure if the awning you want will fit.
Before deciding what size awning you need for your caravan, figure out the type of awning you want. Caravan awnings come in two types: a full awning that covers the entire side of the caravan and a porch awning that covers the doorway and portion of the caravan on either side of the door. The two types of awnings serve different purposes and come in different sizes.
To determine the size of a full awning, measure the length of the awning rail. This is the channel on the side of the caravan that the edge of the awning fits in, forming a watertight seal. Measure the distance between each end of the awning rail and the ground, add this to the length of the rail, round up to the nearest inch and add 2 inches to find the size of awning you need.
Porch awnings cover the caravan door and the area surrounding the door, like a porch on a house. To determine the size of porch awning required, measure the height from the ground to the awning rail, then measure the width of the horizontal portion of the awning rail; where it runs along the top of the caravan. This width is the maximum width of porch awning that can fit on the caravan, but thinner awnings will also work.
The majority of modern caravans come with a manual that gives details of the type of awnings you can use. When trying to decide what size awning you need for your caravan, consult the manual first for the specifics. If the manual is not available, measuring the awning rail will work just as well, although it is more time-consuming.
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