For 2020, we extended the Tent Survey to include awnings for the first time. We have been aware there is very little information about the quality of awnings available, even though it is a large market in the UK, and felt it was time this was rectified.
We covered three types of awning – full, small porch and drive-away, defined like this:
Full or universal awning
An awning that covers one complete side of your caravan or motorhome. It is fitted along the whole length of the awning rail from the ground on one side to the other (often called a full awning) or connects along the majority of the top of the awning rail (a universal awning or large porch).
Small porch awning
Fits along the top of the awning rail providing a covered entrance to the caravan or motorhome door and not much more.
A stand-alone tent that connects temporarily to your caravan or motorhome on site like an awning, but can be disconnected and left on the pitch if necessary.
We didn’t include wind-out awnings this time, partly because most people do not choose such an awning themselves – it’s often already attached to their caravan or motorhome..
Perhaps unsurprisingly, those who used awnings show a high propensity to go camping – 41% say they’re out between four and seven times a year, 23% say it’s eight to ten times, and a further 25% claim to go 11 times or more.
Some 70% of purchases were for awnings costing under £1,000, while 30% paid over £1,000.
Kampa emerged as the biggest single brand, accounting for 38% of all responses. Vango came next, with 29%.
Other brands included Sunncamp, Dorema, Isabella, Bradcot and Outdoor Revolution.
Key factors in the decision to purchase were size (28%), ease of pitching (21%) and price (21%).
As with tents, people like the way their awnings perform. Asked to rate overall satisfaction on a scale of one to ten – with one for “not at all satisfied” and ten “extremely satisfied” – the overall score was 8.4.
Over two-thirds of respondents said their awnings had no defects. Of the third who reported problems, these were generally related to leaks, broken poles/failing tubes and damaged fabric.