Awnings can be hefty, so have a clear idea what you are willing to carry to the back of your campervan or motorhome
before you make your purchase. Weight is probably the first place the differences between poled awnings vs air awnings
become clear. Air awnings are generally considerably lighter than their poled counterparts, although most awnings are
designed as lightweight as possible. However, don't just assume the air awning is lighter. Fabrics, smart features &
additional extras will also have a bearing on weight. Air Awning- 5/5 Poled Awning-
The Vango Faros is our lightest drive away awning at just 9.7kg.
Reliability & DurabilityIn extreme weather conditions, like high winds, poled awnings have been known to snap in some cases. Air Awnings, with the impressive air beam technology from Vango, are usually more flexible in these instances. However, there will also be more movement in air awnings than poles and poles are generally not difficult to replace. Air beams on your awning can also be damaged with punctures on occasion, but this is usually well protected against and not too difficult to repair.
Did you know?Although you can usually repair awnings yourself, Vango offer an aftercare service to repair anything from seam tapes to sticky zips thus, extending the life of your tent. Find out more about the Vango air awning range in our buying guide. Air Awning- 4/5 Poled Awning- 4/5
PriceAir Beam technology is still a faily recent introduction to the market. For that reason, you’ll most likely find poled awnings at a slightly lower price than air awnings. Don't forget to look out for quality, durability and reliability. Vango offer ripstop fabric, a tension band system and array of smart additional features that means they are built to last. Poled Awnings- 4/5 Air Awnings- 3/5
Reimo Tour Easy 3 or Reimo Tour Easy Compact – a great poled option for those looking to maximise their space. Suitable for campervans with a sliding door. Alternatively, the Tour Easy Compact is also suitable for mini campers. Vango Faros Low Drive Away Poled Awning- The Vango Faros is brand-new to this years poled awning collection. Featuring Vango's Sentinel Active quality fabric ensuring a great compact pack size, the Faros is the ideal size for short breaks away without taking up valuable storage space.
Westfield Aquila 320 Low Top Drive Away Air Awning- Built with two large scenic windows that give you the perfect outlook and allows an amazing amount of light inside. The canopies add style and cover to the permanent built-in ventilation.
Vango Kela V Low AirWay Drive Away Awning- Voted as one of the most popular drive away awnings, this is an excellent space to spend time with friends and family, the Vango Kela V drive away inflatable awning inflates in a few minutes leaving you with more time to enjoy your break.
Vango Galli III Low AirWay Drive Away Awning or Vango Galli III Compact Low AirWay Drive Away Awning- The Vango Galli III Low AirAway Awning is ideal for anyone who wants a larger and more usable space on their outdoor holiday. The pre-angled beams mean there’s ample height throughout, and the option to add up to two inner tents means there’s great potential to create extra sleeping space.