Porch caravan awnings are a very popular kind of awning because they are lightweight and relatively simple to set up. Because they are much smaller than full size awnings they are also much easier to carry and store while on the move. Most can be packed away in a small bag that weighs less than 10 kilograms. The modern versions are both waterproof and flame retardant, and the materials used to create them are very durable and strong. This is vital in windy and rainy conditions, as strong winds can slowly erode the support poles and the canvas can become weaker.
Setting up a porch awning is simply a case of attaching it to the caravan awning rail that runs along the top edge of the caravan. This rail is a set height, so you need to make sure the awning you buy will fit correctly to it. The measurements are taken from the length and height of the awning, and every manufacturer uses this in centimetres. Modern caravans will have a user manual that should tell you the rail height, which makes things a lot easier for you. If you buy a second hand awning then you can always visit the manufacturer's web site, and most have older instruction manuals available to download for free.
The porch awning is mainly used for a bit of protection when entering and leaving the caravan. Extra storage space is another common use, and you can leave dirty boots and other things in them. If you are planning on storing valuable items then look for some privacy curtains to keep them out of sight. A groundsheet is also advisable to keep the damp away, and stop you trampling dirt into the caravan itself. Most caravan owners use these awnings for short breaks and weekend holidays because they are not really designed for prolonged use, although the very latest types are much stronger now.
Most can be set up in under 10 minutes if you follow the instruction manual, and the most difficult part is tying down the structure with the pegging systems. In high winds this can be especially tricky, as is the case with all awnings. When used properly they can give you a simple extension to your caravan, and the best part is that they are inexpensive to buy.