Care for your Awning
Your awning is your sanctuary for enjoying holidays and mini breaks all year round, with our top tips, you will enjoy your awning kept at its best.
Select a suitable area with good drainage and remove objects that are likely to puncture the groundsheet. Avoid areas which could flood. Place doorways away from the wind. Avoid trees if possible to avoid debris falling on your awning.
Never force zips. Always pitch your awning with the door zips closed. The life of your awning zips can be extended by regular cleaning. Do this by running a toothbrush over the zip teeth to remove dust and built up dirt.
Maintaining your AirBeams®
AirBeams should not be unzipped once inflated as this may cause them to burst. In the event of beam/s deflating please check all valves are tight, should they still deflate please contact your retailer or the Vango customer service team for advice.
Awning fabrics will eventually weaken with extended exposure to sunlight and fading may occur, however with normal holiday or weekend use your awning should have many years of life.
Storage and maintenance
Whenever possible pack your awning away when dry. If wet, dry thoroughly at the first opportunity, especially if it is to be stored. Awnings stored wet will cause mould to grow, which will degrade the fabric. Before storage, remove dirt and stains by washing with a mild soap solution. Never use detergent. Rinse and dry thoroughly.
Fire and safety
Awning fabrics and fire don’t mix. Keep naked flames away from the material. Never light stoves inside the awning, In case of a fire, keep
track of where the zip pullers are for quick escape. Never use a BBQ inside your awning.
Ventilation and condensation
All awnings are prone to condensation when the temperature in the awning becomes warm and humid from people, heaters and lack of ventilation. When warm air inside the awning hits the cool fabric of the awning, the moisture condenses into liquid form. The air held within the beams of a Vango AirBeam Awning circulates. If the outside temperature is much cooler than inside the awning, then the air cools in the beams quickly. The warm, humid air inside the awning then condensates on to the area of the beams. This moisture can then appear as water droplets on the AirBeams and in some cases may create pools of water at the base of the AirBeams. If the prevailing conditions are particularly prone to condensation, remove items from around the base of the beams.
How to prevent condensation?
To prevent condensation, ventilate your awning and reduce the internal humidity by promoting good airflow. Examine your awning for venting options and open them to let the moist air flow out. If the weather conditions permit, leave the upper and lower sections of the door open, mesh sections can be kept fully zipped. Store wet stuff outside, towels, waterproofs, swimming trunks… keep that soggy, wet stuff out or near a vent or door. Try not to touch the fabric or leave belongings close to the walls. If pressure is applied, especially in a Sentinel Signature awning, water may seep through. When pitching, find a spot with a natural breeze to reduce the amount of condensation and enhance air circulation, and don’t pitch too close to the water as rivers and lakes can increase humidity.
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