Awning Ideas / February 24, 2019 / Gertrude Fisher
The manual should also include tips for care and storage when not in use. Usually the kit includes the awning arms and/or braces horizontal rafters and overhanging blinds or shades for added shelter. Many camping enthusiasts choose to set up the awning once they arrive at the campsite and leave up the top part the entire time so it acts as a patio of sorts for the camper. Different camper awning manufacturers offer different types of awnings but you will find a great variety out there. In fact there are many materials colors and styles to choose from. What you decide on all depends entirely on what you like what you need and what you think might work best with your camper. In fact many camper manufacturers will offer some camper awnings as well.
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.
Many people that buy a motorized retractable awning want it because they can expand their outdoor living space with the touch of a button and many people put them over their windows for shade control and energy savings. Because the awning is retractable through a motorized unit it can easily be let out or put away with the touch of a button by a single person instead of several people working in coordination to manually open and close a non-motorized retractable awning over their patio. Of course some people love a motorized retractable awning because they don t want to permanently attach a non-retractable sun faded canvas awning that detracts from their home s exterior. The newer brands of motorized retractable awnings use strong waterproof woven acrylic that doesn t fade.