How To Install Caravan A Caravan Annexe
Caravanning is a beloved pastime for many, offering the perfect blend of adventure and comfort on the open road. To elevate your caravanning experience, one essential addition is an annexe. An external living space and entrance door adds valuable space to your caravan or RV body setup and provides protection from the elements. In this comprehensive guide, we will delve deeper into the process of attaching an annexe to your caravan and explore the numerous benefits it brings to your travels, and why you should choose Xtend Outdoors as your trusted camping partner.
Why Choose An Annexe For Your Caravan?
Before we dive into the installation process, let's first understand why adding an annexe in front of your caravan access door is such a popular choice among caravanners.
Extra Living Space
One of the most obvious advantages of having an annexe with extra access doors is the much-needed storage space and living space it provides. Whether you need room for dining, relaxation, or even setting up a home office while on the road, an annexe gives you the space you need.
Shelter from the Elements
Caravanning often means facing various weather conditions, from scorching sun to torrential rain. Annexe doors and windows act as a protective barrier, shielding you from the elements and allowing you to enjoy the outdoors comfortably.
Annexe setups can be incredibly versatile. Depending on your needs, you can customise your annexe with wall layouts, with varied door and window panels, or even flooring. This adaptability allows you to tailor your space to different activities and weather conditions.
When you park your caravan in a crowded campground, having an annexe can provide a sense of privacy while also acting as a security. It creates a defined area for your family and belongings, separating you from neighbouring caravans.
Increased Resale Value
Installing an annexe can increase the resale value of your caravan. Many prospective buyers value the added living space and protection from the elements that an annexe offers while appreciating the modern yet durable finish of the annexe access door and window panels.
Now that we've covered the benefits of having an annexe, let's move on to the installation process.
To ensure a smooth installation, it's essential to have all the necessary materials and tools ready:
Mobile Fitters: This is the option that suits all. No tools or materials required. Xtend Outdoors provides mobile fitment services where they come to your location. No matter where your caravan is, at home or on location, you can get your annexe measured and installed without lifting a finger.
Caravan Owner's Manual: Your caravan's owner's manual is a valuable resource. Refer to it for specific instructions and recommendations related to your caravan's awning or attachment points.
Basic Tools: Be prepared with tools such as a screwdriver, drill, measuring tape, and a level.
Choose the Right Annexe
Selecting the ideal annexe layout is crucial. Most caravans come equipped with the awning, but no sail tracks or attachment points designed specifically for annexe installation. Ensure that the chosen annexe layout is suitable for your caravan. If you’re unsure the team at Xtend Outdoors can help you with the correct layout for your caravan type and size. Use our tips on how to install your custom made annexe.
Attach the Anti-Flap Kit
To install an annexe to your awning, you need an Anti-Flap Kit. This has the extra Sail Track you need to slide in your annexe walls. Clamp down the anti-flap kit on each end of your awning vinyl.
Attach the Draft Skirt
Stop the draught and breeze from coming into your living space. Clip on your Draft Skirt and attach the sides onto the side strips on your van.
Slide and Attach the Annexe
Slide the annexe end walls into the anti-flap kit and the long side wall onto the awning roller barrel. Double-check that it is correctly aligned and tensioned.
Secure the Sides & Zip The Walls Together
Attach the end walls to the side strips. Check the velcro is completely secure to prevent any breeze from coming in. Zip all walls together and your annexe set up is almost complete.
Insert Support Poles and Secure to Ground
To complete the structure and security, insert the provided poles and attach the cam buckles ensuring that the annexe fabric is taut and properly tensioned. Secure the annexe down with ladder straps and pegs.
Customise Your Annexe
To tailor your annexe to your specific needs and preferences, consider adding optional extras such as an extension room, porch or flooring. These additions can provide additional comfort and protection, depending on the season and your intended use.
Test Your Setup
Before embarking on your journey, it's essential to test your annexe setup. Open and close it a few times to become familiar with the process. This practice run will help you quickly set up your annexe when you reach your destination.
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Attaching an annexe to your caravan awning is a fantastic way to enhance your caravanning experience. The additional living space, extra storage spaces, protection from the elements, and customisation options make it a worthwhile investment. By following this guide and consulting Xtend Outdoors, you can ensure a successful annexe attachment, allowing you to enjoy the benefits of extra comfort and convenience on your outdoor adventures. Shop Xtend Outdoors annexes and accessories or contact us for more information.