4x4 Awnings: Picking the Right One, Setup & Maintenance
Nov 20, 2020 23:41
There's nothing better than escaping into the great Australian outdoors and spending time camping in nature. Many people think that they need a full-blown caravan with all the necessary accessories to feel the most comfortable, but that can't be further than the truth. All you need is your 4WD and a 4WD awning to have all the space and comfort needed for a weekend getaway. And since you've got the 4WD part covered, let's talk about awnings.
Awnings are the perfect solution for all travel conditions. They're easy to store, provide a lot of space, and offer protection from the harsh Australian weather, keeping yourself and all of your possessions dry and away from the sun. 4WD awnings also give you extra privacy, allowing you to personalise your living space.
One of the best things about having an awning is that you can set it up even if you're all by yourself. It takes less than 5 minutes to install it, making it ideal for one-day trips. So if you've decided to get a 4WD awning for your next trip, here's what you need to know.
Types of 4WD Awnings
When browsing through any 4WD accessories online store, you'll find a few different types of awnings. The most popular type is the side mounted awning. Side awnings provide shade along the side of your 4WD. However, you can also mount it at the rear, which can be beneficial if you have a slide-out kitchen.
The other common types of awnings are batwing or foxwing awnings, which are also side mounted, except they come out at 270 degrees, covering the rear and both sides of your 4WD. These are ideal for people travelling in larger groups who need more coverage. They're also more expensive than side and rear awnings, but they're worth the cost if you're looking to accommodate a larger travelling party.
Size of 4WD Awnings
The ideal size of the awning will depend on what you intend to put under it. So for starters, consider how many people will be looking for shelter under the awning. Will it be just you and your significant other, or do you plan to camp with the kids? Will you only need to put a couple of chairs, or do you need more space for a table and a portable grill too? Take a moment to figure out what you'll need to fit under the 4WD awning and make sure you get the right size. There's no point in getting one if it's too small for your needs, as it will end up being a bad investment and you'll have to bring extra shade with you.
Moreover, you need to consider the size of your 4WD and whether the awning will fit it. If the awning is too long, it will stick out, making it unstable and unsafe if the weather is unfavourable. There are two measurements to look out for - the awning's depth and your vehicle's "A" measurement.
The depth of the awning is the distance from your vehicle to the awning's outer wall. The majority of awning models are between 2 and 3.5 metres deep. Obviously, the more depth the more floor space, but also the more fabric you'll need to deal with and erect. Your 4WDs "A" measurement is typically given in the owner's manual, but if it isn't, you can measure it yourself. Start off by levelling your 4WD, then t