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Coleman's guide to campervan awnings


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If you’re worried about having enough living space, especially in a small campervan, why not consider an awning...

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Why add an awning?

Journeymaster Deluxe Air awning

There are many good reasons for keeping your campervan or motorhome as compact as possible – from space on your drive at home to being more confident driving a smaller vehicle through towns and on country lanes.

But, of course, less size on the outside means less room to live inside, which you might want to address by adding an awning.

There’s a wide range of awnings on the market, to suit different sizes and styles of motorhome. Here, we look at the new range from Coleman, which has launched a selection of new driveaway campervan awnings that offer the same high performance as its tents.

Coleman's BlackOut Bedroom technology

The new collection for 2022 includes the Journeymaster Deluxe Air BlackOut driveaway awnings, which are the first to feature Coleman’s BlackOut Bedroom technology, blocking out up to 99% of daylight from the sleeping area, so helping you to get a longer and more restful sleep, even after sunrise.

When you reach your destination, setting up a Journeymaster Deluxe Air awning is simple, thanks to the FastPitch Air inflatable poles, which provide wind resistance and stability.

A 6,000mm hydrostatic head on the flysheet is said to provide excellent weather resistance, while ample guylines and four storm straps ensure your awning is securely anchored, even when the wind picks up.

BlackOut bedrooms

BlackOut Bedrooms are pre-attached and have polyester floors

The connector tunnel

The connector tunnel can be rolled and toggled until you return from your day trip

The awning’s connector tunnel with a side door provides weather protection and privacy when moving from the campervan into the awning, as well as offering a great space to store outdoor kit, bikes and muddy boots. It can also be rolled back and toggled away when you want to drive off for the day’s adventures.

An extended porch provides additional covered living space to sit and enjoy your surroundings, while any potential trip hazard when entering the awning is alleviated by the drop-down doorway.

Inside the awning, you’ll benefit from a spacious room to increase your campervan’s living area on site. Large windows feature zipped covers, ensuring flexible levels of privacy and light, while high and low-level ventilation is provided at the sides and rear to aid temperature control and reduce condensation.

Is it suitable for the family?

The Journeymaster Deluxe Air

The pre-attached bedrooms are large, so as to accommodate airbeds for the whole family, while the polyester flooring offers a more comfortable feel underfoot.

Additional features include zipped cable entry points in the living area and bedroom for powered accessories, together with multiple lantern attachment points.

There are three sizes of Journeymaster Deluxe Air BlackOut driveaway awnings, sleeping from two to four people, and prices range from £999.99 for the M, through £1,099.99 for the L, to £1,199.99 for the largest XL model awning.

Setting up the Journeymaster

Setting up is easy – just pump up the inflatable poles

If you don’t need the extra living/sleeping space, another alternative – at a much lower cost – is a free-standing shelter, which can give you some protection from our variable weather in less than five minutes.

With 99.9% UV protection, which Coleman says is up to seven times more protection than some other shelters, its FastPitch shelters also reduce the temperature by 2.5°C, thanks to a silver coating on the inner fabric and walls. Further protection from the elements is provided by a hydrostatic head of 1,000mm and fully taped seams – perfect for changeable weather.

Removable sun walls and doors are also available as additional accessories to enhance protection from the sun and showers.

The FastPitch shelter

A FastPitch shelter can give you protection from rain and sun

The FastPitch shelter comes in two sizes – M (3m by 3m) and XL (4.5m by 4.5m), priced at £259.99 and £329.99 respectively. Both versions offer more than 6ft headroom, while retractable legs allow you to quickly adjust the height and securely stabilise the structure.

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