A complete guide for choosing the best 4×4 awning

:If you are an avid caravanner or camper, then it is a good idea to invest in a 4×4 awning. Camping space can bring several issues, especially if you have a lot of companions and cannot all fit in a tent. You also need shelter outside.

It is a great idea to improve and expand the living conditions for camping by transforming your campsite into a sleeping area, dining area, and storage area. Depending on your frequency of camping, there is always an awning that will meet your needs. 4WD awnings are very practical and easy to install, set up, and store – and they offer great protection from both rain and the sun.

Choosing the right awning for your needs

The good news is that, when it comes to selecting the right awning, there are a lot of choices. You can find awnings in a wide range of sizes and they are crafted from different materials. There are also different ways to attach your accessories. They can be as complex as a movable home with the full kit, or as simple as a side awning that can be assembled in just a few minutes. At the end of the day, how your awning best serves you is what matters.

Here is what you should consider when choosing an awning.

  • How fast it is to set up

If you have just completed a seven-hour drive, taking one hour to set up your awning is the last thing anyone would want to do! Depending on who is accompanying you, you could get away with a simple awning setup that uses your vehicle’s roof and a couple of support poles to secure it.

  • Quality and construction

When choosing 4WD awnings, it is important to consider the quality and construction of your awning. You should make sure the fabric is durable and resistant to UV rays. Thanks to advancements in technology, most fabrics used to make awnings come with a reflective layer that helps block harmful UV rays. You should ensure the fabric you choose offers a UVP rating of over 50. The UV resistance won’t just protect you, but will also keep you comfortable and cool whilst under the awning.

You should also ensure that the material used to make the awning is waterproof. High-quality material will be coated or treated with a waterproofing lamination to make it weather-resistant and thus help keep you and your items dry.

Also make sure the hinges, twist lock polls, and fittings are made from high-quality stainless steel. Stainless steel will offer you much more durability and studier support than most other materials. Support poles should be constructed well and attached perfectly to the awning without feeling flimsy. Avoid non-stainless steel fittings and plastic wherever possible as these are weaker and steel can be susceptible to rust.

When choosing the right 4×4 awning, it is also important to pay attention to the stitching of the material. Take note of the construction of how the awning is assembled and put together. You need something that you will be able to set up with minimal effort. Double-check the stitching of the awning for any irregularities or fraying.

The right awning with make your 4WD camping trips so much more enjoyable! So what are you waiting for?

Written by Lorna Mates