Air awnings are all the rage; we have had a Kampa Air Awning ourselves in the past. Of course, not everyone likes them; you could say that “traditionalists” prefer the pole awnings. It’s a very personal choice; the air awnings have the following advantages for me. They are one of the most expensive of caravan accessories
- Easier to erect
- Easier to pack away
- Better in adverse weather conditions
- The Dometic Leggera is the answer for an awning that can be used for weekends and frequent brief touring trips that’s simple and easy to pitch, Suitable for both caravans and Motorhomes
- Single point inflation for quick pitch and take down
- Pack size: 82 x 35 x 35cm
- Fits caravan rail heights between 235-265cm. Multi-Height System, the inflatable static awning can be used with both caravans and motorhomes with a keder connection
- Total weight: 10.5kg / Pull through Weight: 8.09kg
- Double coated Weathershield? Pro fabric
- Awning front upright poles can be adjusted for uneven ground
- NEW – Full aluminium frame
- Seams hot air taped
- Windows – Crystal Clear for a great view out
- Width: 180 cm
- Depth: 220 cm
- Pack Size: 69 x 23 x 23 cm
- Weight: 9.0 kg
- Great for campers who are always on the go. Lightweight and super easy to put up and down.
- Includes fully waterproof clip-in groundsheet, two full-height windows with roll down blinds and a large roll-to-side front door.
- Connecting tunnel has a convenient side door for easy access.
- Weight 12.51kg, dimensions 180 x 290 cm, height 210cm. Connection height 180-210cm. Pack dimensions 32 x 32 x 72cm.
- Air inflatable.
Just looking at the short list above, better in adverse weather conditions.. I feel a lot happier with a Kampa air awning on the caravan in high winds. I’m a bit paranoid as I have had a metal pole hit me on the head as well as one damage the side of the caravan. Peg them down well enough and they won’t fly off.
An awning is often termed “divorce in a bag” by witty caravanners. But not so with a Kampa air awning. Well, I think with our awning I can do it pretty much by myself. I also use a Kampa Gale, which is a 12v compressor and pumps the awning up to the required pressure.
Our Kampa Air Awning weighs in at about 25kg’s so it’s still quite heavy. But it’s all in the one bag. There’s no separate bag for poles, which is something you could easily forget. Or at least I could easily forget…
As mentioned earlier, I have had a few mishaps with poled awnings whilst erecting in the wind. I know it is not advisable to do this, however, sometimes you can start out and it’s a calm day, then within 30 minutes, you have near gale force wind blowing around your ankles. You can’t leave an awning halfway up. The wind also makes an air awning troublesome to erect, however, it’s just going to blow around a bit, it’s not going to through heavy poles and you and your caravan.
We’d recommend a Kampa Air Awning over a poled version, especially for beginners.
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