Porch caravan awnings offer an affordable way to spend time in the outdoors with a little bit of comfort. They are designed for smaller caravans, and enable you to store any small items you may have brought on your holiday. If you visit any camp site you are certain to see a whole range of them protruding from all the caravans and vehicles. People tend to choose them for short stays and weekend breaks because they are one of the simplest awnings to set up.
You can have free standing or attached versions, and the only difference is that you can leave the free standing, or drive away awnings on the camp site. The most common place you will see them is on touring caravans, as static caravans tend to have larger and more secure awnings that are made to be left in place for weeks at a time.
Fitting a porch awning is pretty straightforward. The awning fits to the rail that runs on the side of the caravan and the hooks and locking system keeps it in place. Most retailers make this process as easy as can be with their own patented systems. The modern trend is for lightweight and breathable materials. The lightness is good for storage whilst in transit, and it should not take up too much room either. Having a breathable material is essential in hot weather, as it stops any condensation building up, and cools the inner area.
The good thing about most awnings is that they can be customised. You can buy a small porch awning and if your needs change then there is always the option of making it bigger. This way you do not have to spend money on a new awning, you just make your existing one better and more useable. The side panels are where the extensions will fit but make sure these extensions or extra rooms are from the same manufacturer. This will help you fit them properly. Some manufacturers do have universal fittings that can be used with a number of other designs. If you take this route then always make sure you ask the dealer if this can be done. It may save you a lot of time and hassle in the future.