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Overview of the New 2018 Vango AirBeam Drive-Away Awning Range   4 comments

The new 2018 Vango AirBeam Awning range has been increased to six drive-away awnings with an additional two left hand drive options – all available in the Low (180cm to 210cm) connection height which is ideal for a VW Transporter.  The AirHub HexAway and Galli II Compact are new designs and the Idris II, Kela IV, Cruz II and Galli II AirAway’s all have lots of new features.

New to the Range

The AirHub HexaAway is an innovative hexagonal gazebo type awning based on Vango’s AirHub Hex shelter from last season.  The HexAway makes a great communal living area with two large external doors and ‘fold flat’ door entrances.

The Galli II Compact has all the features of its big brother and can still accommodate two double bedrooms yet the reduced length makes it lighter with a small pack size. The Compact offers a ‘Kela sized’ awning with the shaped beams parallel pitching and integrated porch features of the Galli design – ideal for couples and smaller families.

The Galli II Compact is also available in right sided vehicle (RSV) version for vans with right hand side doors.

New Features & Upgrades

The 2018 Idris II and Kela IV along with all other 2018 models now have SkyLight windows in the roof for extra light and Vango’s SkyTrack II system. SkyTrack II can be used for the new SkyLiner ceiling curtain to block out light and cut down on condensation by forming a thermal barrier at roof level.  SkyTrack II can also be used for hanging the various sized storage organisers which range from a single basket up to a 10 pocket storage unit to help keep the awning tidy.

All curtains including the new SkyLiners now have a light grey ‘nature’ inspired pattern that match the carpets. High visibility orange guylines with reflective weave are standard across the range to help avoid trips and extra retainer tabs have been added to entrance doors.

The font entrance panel of the Cruz II can be unzipped halfway, fully opened or removed completely and replaced with a mesh panel (optional extra), great for hot weather. When the front panel is fully unzipped the ground sheet of the entrance folds flat allowing easy access. The Galli II and Galli II Compact also have a ‘fold flat’ door entrance between the awning and awning connection tunnel for easy access of pushchairs, wheelchairs and people with limited mobility. The Galli II has a window between the awning and connection tunnel along with a rear connection tunnel door for easy access to a vehicles tailgate. All 2018 awnings have SkyLight windows in each roof section and the Galli II has an additional window between the connection tunnel and the main living area.  As last season the Gall II is also offered in an RSV version for right sided sliding doors.

Summary of New Features for 2018

  • SkyLight Roof Windows – create extra light in interiors
  • SkyTrack II Runners for ceiling curtains and storage solutions
  • SkyLiner Ceiling Curtains – block light and create a thermal barrier
  • Sky Storage Organisers – various sized storage pockets
  • Fold Flat Ground Sheets at entrances allow easy access
  • High Visibility Orange Guylines with reflective weave
  • Patterned Curtains with nature inspired design
  • Additional Door Retaining Tabs
  • Zip-In Mesh Panel (Cruz II)
  • Additional Door at rear of awning connection tunnel (Galli II)
  • Additional Window between awning and awning connection tunnel (Galli II)

Having expanded their range to 8 awnings (including RSV’s) for 2018, Vango have used their extensive experience to bring even more options along with some great new innovations to the drive-away awning market.

Check our shop listings for full specifications or call into our Twickenham showroom in SW London to see a Kela IV, Cruz II, Galli II and Galli II Compact on display.

Check out the online savings on our awning bundle kit deals or enter code BUS10 for 10% discount on individual items.

2015/16 Vango AirBeam Drive-Away Awning – Comparison Chart   Leave a comment

We get asked “what are the updates on the new AirBeam awnings?” and “what’s the difference between this year and last year’s AirBeam’s?” all the time here at FL – so we thought a 2015/16 Vango AirBeam Awning Comparison Chart showing specifications and dimensions would be the easiest way to answer.

 

We run two VW Buses ourselves so appreciate the associated running costs, we also understand that a drive-away awning is a big outlay and VeeDubbers want the best suited design for their needs. We hope this chart answers your questions and helps you make an informed decision whether you’re buying new or upgrading from an older model.Vango Airbeam logo 2 trans grey

The Vango AirBeam Awnings shown in the chart below are past and present Funky Leisure stock that are the most compatible with VW Transporter Vans. Use this comprehensive AirBeam comparison chart to compare RRP’s and colours through to pack size and total living area on past and present Vango drive-away awnings.

 

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For an up to date Vango AirBeam Drive-Away Awning Brochure email your address to info@funkyleisure.co.uk with ‘AirBeams’ as the subject title or visit our Vango AirBeam Awnings section to buy online with free next day delivery.

We hope this information has been helpful.

The FL Team

For the new range go to our latest review for all current prices and bundle deals visit the Vango AirBeam Awning section of FL’s shop.

Vango AirBeam Drive-Away Awnings – Review of the New 2016 Range   4 comments

This review is a basic overview of the new 2016 Vango AirBeam Drive-Away Awning Range highlighting new features and updates. We have only highlighted the AirBeam (aka AirAway) models that we consider to be the most compatible with VW Transporters.

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Overview of New 2016 AirBeam Models         

Idris II and Kela III

The ever popular Idris and market leading Kela continue as the base models in the new AirBeam range and for 2016 have been renamed the Idris II and Kela III respectively. As with last season, they both have identical dimensions and the floorplan sizes are also the same as last year, although the maximum head height is now 230cm slightly lower by 3cm across the whole range.

Vango AirBeam Idris II - Low

Vango AirBeam Idris II – Low

 

 

Vango AirBeam Kela III - Low

Vango AirBeam Kela III – Low

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As with the first Idris, the Idris II is based on the Kela III but comes in a lighter fabric with a ‘linked-in’ (detachable) groundsheet, lighter/smaller pack size and a price tag £100 less than the Kela III. The Idris II now has connection tabs for an inner tent sleeping compartment if required. Both models are available in the new LOW connection height which we’ll discuss in more detail below.

Kela III XL and Kela III Deluxe 310

Vango have consolidated the 2016 AirBeam range around their bestselling awning by using the Kela as the base model (everybody recognises and knows the Kela now) and adding the Kela III XL and Kela III Deluxe 310.  Although this may seem slightly confusing at first, we’ll explain…

Vango AirBeam Kela III XL – Standard

Vango AirBeam Kela III XL – Standard

 

The Kela III XL is the extra-large version (the clues in the name) and has an additional main air-beam with bracer beam that offers extra living area. The Kela III XL is available in STANDARD height connection only.  The Kela III XL has basically superceded the Sapera model from previous seasons and has the same floor dimensions. If you own an earlier model Sapera, the Kela XL footprint and carpet will fit perfectly or if you upgrade to the new Kela XL you could use your existing footprint and carpet.

 

Vango AirBeam Kela III Deluxe 310 - Low

Vango AirBeam Kela III Deluxe 310 – Low

 

 

The Kela III Deluxe 310 comes with zip off front sun canopy and a porch over the side door, and this model has superceded last season’s Attar awning.  The Kela III Deluxe 310 has a slightly shorter connection width than last year’s Attar 380 which means it will now fit a SWB VW T4, T5 and T6 as well as LWB Transporters. The Kela III Deluxe 310 is available in LOW and STANDARD connection heights. We can still order in (with 2 or 3 days notice) the Deluxe 380 for any customers that prefer an extra wide awning. The Kela III Deluxe 380 is available in STANDARD height only.

 

Galli

The Galli AirBeam Awning is a completely new design from Vango and the flagship model of the 2016 range – we like it a lot! It’s Vango’s first drive-away awning design to run perpendicular to the vehicle which means that the front of the awning faces the same way as the front your uber-cool VeeDub… obviously this would be the reverse on LHD’s offering easy access to the rear tailgate/barn doors.

Vango AirBeam Galli

Vango AirBeam Galli

 

 

Vango AirBeam Galli - dimensions

Vango AirBeam Galli – dimensions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the front of the Galli is the main entrance door with integrated porch, perfect for sitting out and watching everybody run for cover in a summer shower and an instant shelter while you unzip the door if you return in wet weather.

The Galli is also the first drive-away awning from Vango that can accommodate two double sleeping compartments with the layout still offering easy access to the connection tunnel and a decent amount of living area.

Call into our Twickenham showroom to see a Vango Galli on display and either connected to our 79’ Bay or T5.

New AirBeam Awning Updates

New LOW Height Connection Option

Vango have been a bit slow to offer the option of a lower connection height awning tunnel but better late than never. This hasn’t really put off VW owners too much as AirBeam awnings have been embraced by the scene since they were first introduced. It is possible to get a Standard connection tunnel nice and taught on a Transporter, it just takes a bit of practice.

Although Vango’s new LOW height connection is an improvement when it comes to tightening the adjustment straps at the top of the connection tunnel, we do think it’s more important to set-out the awning properly in the first place. Watch this blog page for tips on setting up an AirBeam drive-away awning – coming soon

New Fabrics

Vango have drawn on their 50 years of tent manufacturing experience and created new Sentinel high quality fabrics for their 2016 AirBeam awnings.  The Idris II uses Sentinel Active 70 in its construction which is a 70 denier polyester combining strength to weight to provide a compact pack size.

All other awnings in the AirBeam range are now manufactured using Sentinel Pro 420 – an incredibly strong 420 denier double rip-stop fabric that will withstand all weathers. This high-density base fabric combined with high tech coatings ensure AirBeam awnings are durable, fully waterproof and will have a long life.

New Colours                                                                                  

The Idris II now comes in a cool Sky Blue colour with Black detailing with the rest of the collection finished in a much lighter Cloud Grey/Black colourway.

New Universal Sleeping Compartment

Bedroom inner tents aren’t included as standard with the 2016 range and they are now an optional extra. We can understand why Vango have done this as in past years many of our customers have bought AirBeam awnings for just living/storage space and the bedroom was surplus to requirements. The new universal double bedroom fits all 2016 models and is reversible.

AirSpeed Valve System

Vango have improved their AirSpeed Valve System by tweeking the pump adaptor slightly to make inflation 30% more efficient… which equates to 30% less effort or same effort and 30% faster inflation… yes, even faster!  We do have a few of these new adaptors to give away to any of our 2015 AirBeam customers who call in our shop.

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All 2016 AirBeam’s still have Vango’s patented Tension Band System (TBS) which is what makes them the most stable drive-away awning on the market.

Just email your address to info@funkyleisure.co.uk with the title AirBeam for a FREE 2016 Vango AirBeam Awning brochure and pricelist.

The FL Team

For the new range go to our latest review for all current prices and bundle deals visit the Vango AirBeam Awning section of FL’s shop.