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Caravan Privacy Screens vs. Annexes

Even though this horrific pandemic isn’t over yet, studies show that caravanning was and still is one of the most favoured and popular activities among Aussies. Since it’s safer being outdoors than indoors, it’s not strange why caravan parks are so full. Now, even if this is your first time caravanning, packing some of the most important items like water purifiers, outdoor shower, food, and clothing is a must.

Although RV power adapters will help you lit your inside and outside caravan area, hiding from the hot sun and the curious eyes, while also having a little bit of privacy is also needed. And it seems that the ideal way to have that outdoor privacy is by choosing between a caravan privacy screen and an annex.

Caravan Awning Privacy Screen

Caravan awnings are one of the most sought-after types of privacy screens these days and for a reason. A caravan privacy screen is a lightweight, portable, easy to install and prompt privacy and shade solution. Thanks to the many pegs, this privacy shed is extremely easy to peg out, which is one of the first reasons why people opt for it. Additionally, its lightness, easy storage, and quick dry properties are some of the other things that make it a popular choice for caravanning. Usually made of vinyl, these shades really do dry fast, and even if you pack it wet, it won’t rot. This is considered another important advantage since sometimes, you won’t have the time to wait for it to dry. When securely pegged, this awning is impossible to flap even by stronger winds.

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The main downside of these screens is that they don’t offer a full privacy solution since passerbys can peek through the gaps in between. They also won’t provide you with full wind and rain protection. However, this is something that can be easily resolved. Practice shows that you can easily turn your caravan into an annex by adding waterproof walls all the way around your privacy screen. That way you can make a fully enclosed annex that can keep you protected from the weather elements while also providing you with greater privacy. What more can you ask for, right?!

While the regular roll-out privacy screens are full without any mesh or peekaboo, you can choose between privacy sidewalls with windows, flyscreens and even a door. Usually, all of them are made to fit standard length roll-out awnings and can suit different roof heights. However, before buying the first ones you see in the store, check on the awning’s height and width in order to ensure you make the right choice.

Caravan Annex

Generally speaking, caravan annexes were used to make the caravan area more spacious. Providing full protection for the sun and the elements, these annexes were the first choice for many. While they still are the perfect way to add extra space for sleeping, the main downside of these awning rooms is that they are too bulky and heavy. They can also be time-consuming to set up, and unlike the roll-out privacy screens, annexes need to fully dry before being packed. Otherwise, you risk the appearance of mould and mildew which is not good at all. As you can see, annexes are more difficult to deal with, which is the reason why they are only preferred by people who only plan to be in one spot for a longer period of time.

Useful Information You Ought to Know

Since they’re generally made of canvas, caravan annexes will need a lot of time to dry which can also be time-consuming, especially if you don’t have time to waste.

How to Measure for Caravan Privacy Screen?


To measure your awning in order to get the right screen, first, you will need a large measuring tape. Once you have this, you need to measure how long the awning is from one end to the other. Then, you will need to measure from the centre of the front leg to the centre of the back leg. Only then you can get the right size of privacy screen. In case you are not sure how to do it, you can always ask for help from someone more experienced in this.

How to Clean a Vinyl Caravan Roll Out Awning?


Cleaning your awning is not that difficult, as all you have to do is to set it up, spread it out and get the needed cleaning products. Once it’s spread completely, take a hose and start spraying the awning in order to get rid of the accumulated grime, mould and mildew. If needed, you can take a softer bristle brush to help you get some spots easier and faster. When done, apply some dishwasher solution or some other gentler solution on a damp cloth or sponge, and gently start cleaning the awning. This will help you get rid of any dirt on it, and when finished, just take the hose and rinse the awning and that’s it. The most important thing to have in mind is to clean the awning on a bright and sunny day, since that way the awning will dry faster.