As you are aware Maureen and I bit the bullet and after a wait of 3 months bought a Kampa air pole awning.
Well we have used it twice now and absolutely love it, it is a big awning and you all are aware of the trials and arguments that go on with putting an awning. Well no swear words, no I'm going home words, and no words of divorce.
In Kampa's literature they state 15 mins to put it up, it took us 30 mins still quicker than a conventional framed awning. They also said 35 pumps to inflate the awning poles, but it was more like 50.
Deflating and removal was a doddle, again about 30 - 40 mins. It does take 2 of you to fold and roll it up as you need to get all the air out, but as long as you keep the width less than 32 inches it goes back in the bag with ease.
Just remember to close the air release valve before pumping it up.
We felt that it was erected much easier on grass than it was on hard standing.
Hi well after buying our Vango air pole one earlier in the year I for one will not go back to poles yes we had an issue with one of the seams but that was sorted so after using it at several country shows this summer with no falling out we are of with the van for a fortnights rest next week glad you are happy with your awning Yours Scout /Brian
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I couldnt agree more about the brilliant air beams, as a camper with many years camping experience but now having to switch to caravaning for health reasons the last tent we bought was an Vango airbeam in fact it was one of the very first imported into the country.we found it so easy to put up no heavy metal poles no flexable poles wit a mind of their own. We have already decided that an air beam awning is the way we will be going later in the year. The only disadvantage that we foound with the airbeam was the extra bulk when folded but that is a small price to pay for the ease of assembly.