Awning Ideas / February 25, 2019 / Claire Raymond
If you do go for a retractable awning which is generally a good idea in climates which tend to vary between extremes there are further choices. Manual retractable awnings are those which you roll or fold up yourself. Motorized versions have a small electric motor that will do the job with a touch of a button. While motorized awnings seem to offer less work it doesn t always work out that way. Installation is more difficult due to wiring concerns so if you re doing the work yourself it will increase the time it takes you to install the awning. Also with more moving parts the odds of having to perform maintenance and repairs is much greater. Still if you take good care of your awning with preventive maintenance a motorized awning can be a great investment.
Awnings don t require poles (which would clutter the view) since they are attached with spring-loaded mounts. The "retractable" type of awnings differ from basic immobile awnings in that they last longer (can be rolled up in damaging weather) and allow a space to be used in a variety of ways--both drinks in the shade and stargazing for example. On the large end of the spectrum awnings today can be upwards of 30 feet in width and around 14 feet in depth. They are controlled automatically via weather sensors or a remote control button or by hand using a manual crank. Either way these awnings can be unfurled or retracted in less than a minute. What are the practical implications of this? When you want to cool an area down like a concrete poolside or overheated deck shade is just seconds away.
Most awnings on the side of the vehicle are 2.5 metres x 2 metres or 2 metres by 2 metres. The longer side is usually the one running length ways along your vehicle so make sure you measure to see which is going to sit the best. These things are great and incredibly cheap. In fact you can get a good quality one for under $300 and fit it in around an hour. 4WD Awnings are designed to be set up by one person and very quickly. The procedure normally involves unzipping the case un-clipping the supports rolling the awning out and standing the legs up. The legs are incorporated inside the aluminium frame that the awning rolls out of. Stand them up attach the supports and if it is windy put a few pegs in the ground with guy ropes going to the awning.