Hi We are new to the world of caravanning and have recently bought our first caravan. We are now wanting to extend our living space by purchasing an awning. I know this might seem a bit silly, but I would ideally like an awning that has an inner porch where the kids could throw off their mucky welly boots and wet coats before entering the main awning area. On our first trip out friends of ours had a beautiful awning but it was just covered with muck and dirt carried in with people's footwear/wet gear etc. Given the weather in Ireland we have to learn to find a way to caravan with the rain. Does such an awning exist?? It would be great to have a little entrance porch for messy gear. Thanks in advance
Firstly, dmoore, welcome to the Forum. Please join in the fun. and ask any questions you like. Someone will give you an answer or point you in the right direction. Reference your question about an awning with an inner porch, I have never seen or heard of such an arrangement.
The easiest way to get round the problem of mud in the awning is to have a dedicated spot in the awning for the stowing of dirty footwear say just inside the awning door as far away from the caravan door as possible so that the dirt doesn't get into the caravan. Have some suitably sized clean footwear in the same spot to change into and get into the habit of using the clean footwear to get to the dirty footwear and reverse the procedure on return to the caravan.
There is an accessory, available from caravan shops, in the form of a row of coat hooks which clips to the awning poles. This could be sited near the boots so that the boots and the wet coats are together just inside the door. The only part of the awning which would get dirty would be the ground sheet which could be hosed down to get rid of the dirt.
We use one of those dirt stopper household door mats in the largest size, that you can buy from hardware shops or at a 'show', just inside the awning door with boots and shoes kept nearby until they dry off.
Denise and Him (that's Tim, or Mothy, LOL) Lili the Swift Corniche 12/2 + Honda CRV