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JK’s Guide to Awning and Sun Canopy Care
An awning is an excellent accessory to any campervan setup, giving you extra space to store your equipment, cook and relax or even sleep.
Treating yourself to an awning will totally transform the way you use your camper, and make you want to use it more than ever.
To ensure you can enjoy your awning or sun canopy for as long as possible, we’ve put together a list of tips based on our own decades of camping experience.
If you can, try out your awning, sun canopy or other major camping accessories before you buy it, to make sure you get on with it and can handle setting it up and packing it away again.
Try not to put the awning away wet or even damp. Whenever possible, make sure you dry it out as soon as you can.
When you’re back from a trip away in your camper and awning, take the opportunity to give it a good clean with some proper cleaner and allow it to air dry so it’s fresh, clean and ready for your next adventure.
If your awning doesn’t already have a separate bag for the poles, be sure to pack them away separately. The poles can cause accidental damage to the awning canvas while they’re joggling around in the back of your camper, so it’s best to ensure this can’t happen.
Most pole awnings on the market these days will have labelled or colour-coded poles and sleeves. However, if yours doesn’t, its definitely worth investing the time in marking them up to make it quicker to set your awning up.
Always peg out the awning as taut as possible. This really makes a difference if your awning has to shelter you from poor weather, and it helps cope with rain and wind.If you don’t have an awning tie-down kit, its well worth picking one up. Otherwise, your best course of action in windy weather is to take down your sun canopy and/or detach your awning from your camper.
Be sure to make sure all the zips on your awning are closed, and you’ve brushed all the dirt and loose grass off the outside before you pack it away.
Groundsheets can potentially damage campsite pitches and some campsites may prohibit the use of one. However, you may still want to consider using protective plastic sheeting under your awning base. Use the recommended version for your awning, and make sure you check the sizing, anything too large can capture and direct rainwater back into your living/sleeping space.
It’s normal for your awning to need to be treated with waterproofing agents again at some point, after many adventures with it. You’ll soon know if your awning is ready to be treated again, and it isn’t difficult to do yourself.
Have you got a trick or a tip we’ve missed? Get in touch and we’ll add it to the list!