How to Pick the Right 4x4 Awning?
Going camping in the Australian wilderness can be one of the most exciting experiences. Australia is full of attractive remote locations full of wildlife and sights that will stay engraved into your mind for years to come. That being said, if you're preparing yourself to venture on a journey of a lifetime with your 4x4, you're probably going to need a caravan or a 4x4 awning so that you can set up your own personal space. A caravan isn't the most affordable solution, and unless you're going to be travelling frequently, it's probably not the most valuable one.
Awnings, on the other hand, are much more affordable, and if you don't mind the extra work you'll have to do setting it up, it's the ideal camping solution. However, there's a large range of 4x4 awnings available nowadays, meaning you have to consider the style of the 4x4 awning, the size, the frame and materials. There are two popular styles of awnings - porch and full awnings. If you already own a caravan and still need the extra space, drive-away awnings are available.
Porch awnings are smaller in size and are easier to set up and transport, making them ideal for shorter trips. A full awning, on the other hand, is much bigger, making it ideal for longer holidays and larger families. However, full awnings take more to set up and they can be complicated. Ideally, you want more than one person setting it up. Another downside of full awnings is the fact that they're large and heavy, making them harder to transport as they take up quite a bit of space. Speaking of size, the size of the awning you need will depend on how many people you're trying to house with it and how much storage space you have to carry it around.
The frame of the awning can either be made of steel, aluminium, fibreglass or air. Steel awnings are strong and reliable, making them ideal for tough weather conditions. However, they're also heavier, and people usually set them up and leave them on one spot for the entire season. Aluminium and fibreglass awnings are much lighter than steel awnings, and they're easier to set up. Lastly, air awnings are extremely lightweight and easy to set up, and they're ideal for accommodating one or two people. These awnings can be inflated using a 12V or foot pump.
The type of fabric you need will mostly depend on which seasons you'll be going on trips in, and how often you'll be using it. Generally, thin and lightweight materials are the best types for the Australian weather, so look for something like polyester.
Last edited: 19/10/2018
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