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Car shades: which one to select? The extreme buying direct

You’re probably a four-wheeled traveler like us. You have an itch for space optimization and a desire to experience every vacation outdoors. If so, trust us, buying a car awning will make all the difference!

If you’re not already aware, an awning is a shader. You can mount it on the roof rack of your vehicle to provide coverage for a larger or smaller area near your car or van.

Why buy a car awning?

Newcomers to camping vacations often perceive the awning as a superfluous accessory that can be overlooked. Actually, that’s not the case. Below, we provide you with 4 reasons why you need to buy your own car awning before your next outdoor trip.

  1. With an awning, you always have shelter, both from the sun and the water, wherever you go, so you can always relax outside your vehicle.
  2. They are convenient to use and to install and some models once closed are also very small and therefore not at all bulky.
  3. Having an awning attached to your van or car will be useful to offer shelter to more people and adding the right accessories will almost turn your car into a mini apartment where you can relax and have fun with friends.
  4. Awnings are great allies against insects. If this motivation is the most important for you, know that there is also a special awning consisting only of mosquito netting.

Because outdoors is great, but without sacrificing comfort!

Buying guide: how to choose the right awning for you

If we’ve managed to get you to understand the importance and benefit of having a car awning during your travels, we’re now ready to help you step by step. We’ll guide you in making the best purchase. First, before you buy your awning you need to answer three basic questions:

  1. What vehicle will you be traveling in? Whether it’s a car, off-road vehicle, van or RV, the size of the vehicle is important in choosing the right awning.
  2. What will be your pace of travel? Will you choose a different place each day during your trip, or will you only stay in one place for a longer period of time? If you will be leaving every day you will need an awning with simple opening and closing, while if you will be stationary for longer you can also think of a more fixed structure.
  3. What do you want to use it for? The ideal size will obviously change depending on its use.
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Key features to consider when buying a car awning

  1. Dimensions of the awning. The width and length of your awning is the first key feature. To figure out what the right size is, you need to consider its use. Who will be under it? The whole family? Only you? Are you going to use it to put chairs or maybe a table and lawn chairs? Take some time and carefully consider its intended use.
  2. Direction of the shadow. Once you’ve determined the dimensions you need to consider where you want your awning to shade. Side, rear, or both sides? The side-opening awning is the most common and provides shelter along the side of your vehicle. The tents that cover both sides (side and back) are instead suitable for those who are looking for a very abundant coverage, ideal for example for families.
  3. Type of awning. Choosing the type of car awning is also not trivial. In fact, two types of awnings exist: self-supporting awnings and awnings that require ground mounting to support the structure. Both have their merits and demerits, and choosing the right type of awning for you, again, depends on the type of trip you’ll be taking and your vehicle. Self-supporting awnings are very practical and quick to open and close, so they are very suitable for itinerant tourism that changes location very often.
    They come with parking legs for mounting in case of windy conditions. On the other hand, awnings with supports have some distinct advantages. While they may require a little extra time for opening and closing, they compensate by being lighter and less bulky when closed. This makes them suitable even for smaller vehicles, providing a practical solution for those seeking a balance between functionality and space efficiency. In case of wind, we recommend that you always anchor your awning to pegs, whatever model it is.
  4. Type of material. Manufacturers prioritize the use of high-quality materials for camping accessories. This priority is evident in the construction of most tents, which are made from a cotton-polyester blend fabric. The choice of this fabric reflects the commitment to durability and performance in outdoor settings. Our advice is to choose one that is UV resistant, this will help protect you from the sun. Another key feature is that it be waterproof. We recommend choosing awnings with aluminum legs and frames. This helps minimize the weight of the structure. The material used by manufacturers for parking legs and frames is crucial and should never be underestimated.
  5. Assembly. Not all awnings are the same, meaning that the assembly and configuration will vary depending on the preferred model. Generally, individuals mount the car or van awning on the top or side of the vehicle. In some cases, it is directly attached to the roof rack or rail system of the van.

Car awning with or without walls: which one to choose?

Many travelers, especially those new to camping, are drawn to car camping experiences. They initially find themselves bewildered by the various options for expanding the space in their vehicles. In this regard, the question many people ask is: an awning with or without walls?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer; the two products actually complement each other. You can choose to purchase a simple awning that protects you from the sun and the weather. Alternatively, you can decide to add walls to attach to the awning itself, creating a real veranda.This accessory will provide you with shelter, privacy, comfort and increase the living space of your vehicle. What do we mean? That with the walls, your car will turn into a small apartment with a really high level of comfort, also allowing you to offer shelter to more people than just the awning. The walls can also consist of perimeter mosquito nets, allowing you to fully enjoy your outdoor experience, but protected from insects and mosquitoes.

As with any purchase, it is essential to evaluate the pros and cons of a product. Additionally, consider the intended use of the item after it has been acquired.

Starting with their qualities, among the advantages of the van or car awning without walls you have to consider that it is definitely faster to open and close and lighter. Assembling the accessories and building the wallls instead will give you more shelter and more space to work with. During the purchasing decision, it is essential not to underestimate the merits of both options.

At the end of the day, it’s not a matter of making a choice between one and the other. It’s about figuring out in which contexts to use one structure or the other. So our advice is to have as much gear as possible so you can be more free during your outdoor experiences.

For example, if your vacation is stationary, that is, if it involves staying in one spot for several nights (and you have ample space), it’s probably best to mount an awning with walls. On the contrary, in case of itinerant vacations, the car awning is probably more suitable. It is more comfortable to carry and faster to open and close. Another factor not to underestimate is the climate of the destination. If the weather will be very cold or rainy, it is better to opt directly for the awning with walls. On the other hand, if the climate will be hot, the simple awning will be an excellent choice.

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