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Vango Idris ii Airbeam Awning Review
The Vango Idris II Airbeam Awning is a freestanding drive away campervan awning. It can also be used with motorhomes. We are a family of four with a VW T5 LWB campervan.
Constructing the Vango driveaway awning
After a few goes, setting up the Idris II is a doddle. Expect the first time to take around half an hour, although after practice we easily managed to get this down to 10 minutes.
Loosely pegging out the four corners, attach the awning to your camper either with the pre-attached 6mm kador strip (which fits straight onto a rail on your vehicle if you have one), or with webbing straps, velcro tabs or pole and clamps. We used webbing straps, which were thrown over the roof and pegged on the other side.
Next blow up the airbeams (easy to inflate with the manual double handled pump included). Lastly insert the bracer pole, which connects inside the awning to the main airbeams with velcro tabs, to increase tension in the roof. Job done.
The instructions are handily printed on the bag, although we feel Vango could improve on these by including a diagram referring to the name of each piece of kit. This would make the first time assembly a bit quicker.
Daily Life using the Vango airbeam awning
Increasing our camping capacity three fold, the Idris ii airbeam awning was a welcome addition to our camper set up.
The one chamber awning allowed us to create a sleeping area for our kids outside the camper. Too young to sleep in a detached tent but fasting outgrowing the cramped conditions of our camper, they loved sleeping independently. Meanwhile we slept in the camper, leaving the sliding side open with the connection tunnel fully zipped up on either side. I slept very comfortably knowing they were entirely safe within the enclosed space and totally accessible within seconds if either of them needed me in the night.
The awning freed up the camper almost entirely for day trips out with plenty of room to store our kit whilst we were away. Thankfully we had glorious weather on our trip, but the awning would be a godsend in bad weather for indoor play/living instead of being cooped up in the camper.
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The removable (not sewn in) groundsheet has the HUGE advantage of being easy to clean, but may be a weak point in extreme wet weather. We were unable to test the awning for wet weather.
The awning has large zipped doors on the front and back with plenty of PVC window options that can be rolled up or down depending on how much light or privacy you want.
The connection tunnel has doors both sides giving huge flexibility to your camping set up, convenient access to both camper and awning (no tramping through the awning living space each time) and allows good flow of air during hot weather. The doors are fully zipped down to the floor allowing easy access and no tripping hazards – brilliant for my 5 year old with mild cerebral palsy (!) and excellent for wheelchairs and those with reduced mobility.
Performance of the Vango airbeam awning
L70.0 x H31.0 x W31.0cm