The Vango Sanna & Vango Varkala Inflatable Caravan Awnings are coming soon, and we’re very pleased to say that we’ll be stocking the entire range. Vango will be officially launching their AirAwnings range on 10th February 2014 (so just 3 weeks from today), and we can hardly wait to get our hands on this great new product. What follows here is a short product review of the Vango Sanna and Vango Varkala, at least as far as we can manage until we get our hands on them for a full weekend of tests.
Last year Vango took the market by storm with their brilliant Vango AirAway range comprising Vango Kela and Vango Sapera inflatable AirBeam driveaway awnings in different heights: Standard to suit most campervans, and Tall to suit coachbuilt motorhomes. These awnings were so popular that, despite considerable efforts, we simply could not get enough stock. The result was that we sold out not once but twice, and had to turn customers away. We don’t like doing that, but we can’t sell what we don’t have!
So this year it’s fair to assume that when Vango releases the same technology in a caravan awning that inflates from a small single pack, through to ready to sit in and relax, in less time than it takes to boil a kettle of water in your caravan… it’s going to be a very popular product and in great demand again. After all, who doesn’t want to have their caravan awning erected and ready to enjoy before the kettle has boiled, rather than 30+ sweaty minutes later?
It’s easy to do too, thanks to the double-action air-pump that Vango supplies as standard with every awning. It’s a nice tall stirrup pump, so it’s very easy to use. Being double-action it can suck air out of the awning tubes too, making it a breeze to pack away when you want to leave the campsite without struggling with trapped air in the supporting tubes (and we all know how hard it can be to put something back in the pack!). Just like Vango’s driveaway campervan awnings, the needs of the camper have been well thought out.
The number helpfully refers to the length of the caravan awning: 280 means it’s 280cm long and 420 means it’s 415cm long (Vango’s marketers won out over logic I guess?). Regardless of length though, all AirAway awnings: project 250cm from the caravan, are 192cm high at the front, and fit to caravan rails between 236cm-250cm high at the rear (i.e. the vast majority of caravans manufactured and towed in UK and EU).
The 420 awning makes use of the extra 125cm length it enjoys over the 280 (marketer’s maths again…) to house a centre section which can open up and be propped horizontally to create a porch (and in the case of Varkala removed entirely if wished). Most of the other sections can be opened up one way or another for ventilation too, and there are curtains as standard for when you want privacy. Varkala even benefits from reflective guylines to help prevent trips after dark.
All Vango AirAwnings benefit from material that supports a 6,000mm hydrostatic head (that’s like having a 6m tall column of water sitting on your awning fabric that’s unable to get in) meaning that, in conjunction with taped seams and covers over the zips, you’re pretty-much guaranteed to remain dry inside. The names Sanna and Varkala simply differentiate the two different types of material used during the manufacturing process: Sanna uses 150D Polyester on the sides and 300D Polyester on the roof; Varkala uses heavier 420D Ripstop Polyester throughout for the maximum possible tear and UV resistance.
Our conclusion is that these innovative Vango AirAwning inflatable caravan awnings are going to be hugely popular in 2014, and rightly so, so we advise you to get your order in sooner rather than later. If you’re undecided as to exactly which Vango AirAwning is for you, this caravan inflatable awnings comparison table should help you to decide. Whatever you do though, based on our experiences in 2013, place your order soon to avoid disappointment.
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