More and more people are discovering how year-round camping is a splendid way to spend a holiday. Because we want to make it easier for you to prepare for a delightful camping holiday in autumn and winter, we have gathered a series of tips and advice on everything from buying the right equipment, to insulating your awning and protecting it from stormy weather.
As wintry weather is harsher than other seasons, it is a good idea to protect your awning against storms to avoid damaging both the awning and its furnishings. This may seem inconvenient, but you can come a long way by simply following these five easy steps.
When the days get shorter and the first night frost bites, it soon becomes crucial to keep the heat inside your awning. There are three ways to insulate your awning: the awning canvas itself, the floor and the ceiling.
Choosing a winter awning is the best way to stay warm during the winter at the campsite. Their accessories include sewn-in foam pads where the awning is attached to the caravan. This minimises draughts and maximises the tightness between awning and caravan. At the same time, it is also possible to mount an inner roof and other winter protection measures.
Converting your summer awning into a year-round awning with mega poles and a thermal ceiling will give you added comfort and safety all year round. Also, you will have more space than a winter awning.
An inner roof will not only reduce heat loss, but also handle the condensation problems caused by the great difference in temperature outside and inside the awning. Additional insulation is also available by laying an Isabella Comfort Carpet across the roof poles. As the Isabella Comfort Carpet is made of a material that does not absorb or retain moisture, it will not cause problems related to condensation.
People who are particularly sensitive to cold know that once their feet get cold, it is next to impossible to feel warm. Therefore, a good, insulating floor underneath the awning will do a lot to help you stay warm. Choose from a variety of solutions depending on the amount of insulation you are looking for. The easiest solution is to lay an Isabella Comfort Carpet under the carpet in the awning. It insulates against cold draughts from below, while making the floor softer to walk on at the same time. If a bit more insulation is needed, you can build up a combination of different layers, which keeps out moisture while insulating against the cold coming from the ground. See more about to build up these layers here.
Winter camping is absolutely doable with an awning designed for the purpose, but, all things being equal, it does require a little more preparation than camping in the high season. The packing list and the preparations are somewhat different. With an awning that is designed to be outside all year round and a carefully considered packing list, you have every opportunity to enjoy all the pleasures of camping life all year – even if the weather forecast is screaming “Stay at home!”.
Now that you have all the equipment you need and have protected your awning against storms and insulated it, you are well on your way to spending a lovely winter season at the campsite.