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Considering that most recreational vehicles travel often to varying climates, it is usually a good idea to be prepared for different types of weather. For this reason, there are several kinds of RV awnings available, and vehicle owners often choose based on both their budget and their needs. For example, fixed awnings are usually permanently attached above windows and doors, while slide out RV awnings are typically stored under the roof of the vehicle until they need to be used. Some awnings involve little work for the RV owner since they can come out automatically, including roller and automated retractable awnings. Finally, patio awnings can be set up outside a stationary RV to create an area that is sheltered from the sun, wind, and rain while still allowing users to enjoy the outdoors.
Many RVs feature fixed awnings that are permanently attached to the vehicle so that windows and doors are shaded from the sun. Unfortunately, an attached awning is not usually safe to have up while driving since it can fall off, which is why it is not a very popular type. The fixed RV awnings that are in use by some vehicle owners are typically small and inexpensive, though. Of course, slide out awnings are also cheap, but these are considered safer since they are usually stored under the vehicle's roof. It can be pulled out by the RV's owner when necessary, and is usually low maintenance.
There are some large RV awnings that are quite easy to use since they are automated, which means that owners do not have to pull them out of storage to use. For instance, roller RV awnings typically roll out of a storage area in the RV when a button is pushed, though they may also be pulled out manually. Automated retractable RV awnings can also typically be used with the push of a button, and usually retract automatically, as well. Of course, both of these types of awnings are usually more expensive than fixed or slide out awnings, and can also be costly to repair and maintain.
Those traveling with several people in an RV may find some relief with a patio awning, which can be used to form a covered area outside of the vehicle. It can create a separate area that is sheltered from the elements while still being outside, allowing RV passengers to stretch their legs and relax outdoors. It is usually made up of a shade covering that attaches to a door or window, with additional fabric that can be tied down to provide some shelter. Of course, it requires some work to tie it all down, as it is not automatic, but it typically offers more covered space than other awnings for RVs.