Vango 2018 Airhub Hexaway Hex Low Driveaway Awning
The Vango 2018 Airhub Hexaway Hex Low Driveaway Awning is the latest cool relaxing space from Vango. Offering the best in terms of a light and airy Gazebo space for communal chilling and living and the possibility to attach it to your van. Although there is not an option to attach an inner bedroom, it does benefit from Vango’s latest innovations allowing stuff to be hung from the airbeams and with a single inflation point is pitched really quickly. Two wide doors and two further doors in the tunnel area give lots of options for access and air. The linked in groundsheet can be easily removed if you’re on one of those pesky sites that get funny about Groundhseets or if you just want to get back to nature and feel the grass between your toes!
The new AirHub Hexaway enhances on Vango’s highly popular Airhub Hex from 2017, allowing you to connect the Hub directly to the side of your campervan. Quick and easy to pitch, the Hexaway becomes a spacious gazebo for relaxing and unwinding, or a useful storage area for furniture and toys whilst you go off exploring. The AirHub features Vango’s SkyTrack II® system, allowing lanterns to be hung to light up the awning at night and for storage pockets to be suspended, ensuring a clean and tidy area. This must-have drive away is the ideal piece of kit whether you require shade from the sun or shelter from the rain, at any time.
- SkyTrack II® – A flexible hanging system which allows you to easily attach lighting, storage or our new SkyLiners. The SkyTrack system truly allows you to design your tent to suit your needs
- Orange reflective guylines with tidies – High visibility lower half to prevent hazards and ensure stability in high winds
- Skylight Windows – Windows which run along the roof line of the awning to enhance light during the day and for star gazing at night
- AirSpeed® valve system and easy access positioning – Designed by Vango to inflate your AirBeams® with even less effort
- Line-Lok guyline runners – Lock securely, simple to release and high performance in all conditions
- Door in connecting panel – Allows convenient access
- Flat entry – Easy access for wheelchairs, prams and people with reduced mobility
- Vango AirZone – Ventilation panels create a comfortable flow of air through the awning which significantly reduces condensation
- Fully taped seams – All flysheet and groundsheet seams are factory taped which provides a watertight seal
- Cable entry point with tidies – Zipped entry point for power cable, with touch fastener tidies
- Sentinel Pro 420 Fabric – Featuring 420 denier double ripstop threads, our Sentinel Pro fabric has superior strength and long-lasting durability, combined with PU technical coatings make Sentinel Pro exceptional in terms of waterproofness.
- Linked-in groundsheet – Easy to clean groundsheet that can be attached or detached from the living area
- Zipped privacy curtains – Simple and quick to use, zip curtains allow varying levels of opening or simply roll down and secure away.
- Over vehicle webbing straps – Can be tensioned and rested over the vehicle, allowing the awning to attach to vehicles without kador rails
- Alternating Diamond Clear and mesh windows – not only maximises light, but also allows air to circulate within the awning to increase ventilation
|Pitching Time||10 mins|
|Packsize||L70.0 x H40.0 x W42.0cm|
There are a few ways to connect this awning to your vehicle.
Included with the awning are 8m long webbing straps that can be thrown over the top of the vehicle and pegged down on the other side. These are are a great way of getting by and will instantly sit the awning against the vehicle with minimal fuss and no additional cost. There are downsides however…. The straps can rub on the paintwork and in windy conditions can tap against the can like a woodpecker! Additionally, although the it will hold the awning tunnel in the right kind of place if the wind is coming over the van it can potentially blow in under the tunnel. Lastly, if you have a pop top roof, this gets somewhat in the way of the straps and therefore make it a less suitable option.
If you have roof racks or roof rails, there are some velcro tabs attached to the top of the awning tunnel that can be simply wrapped and fixed on. This again holds the tunnel broadly in the right place but there will be the gap under the roof rails that could be a ‘letter box’ for the weather to come in.
FIAMMA OR OMNISTOR WINDOUT AWNINGS
These have a channel similar to that described above integrated within the housing cassette of the windout awning. The Fiamma one takes a 4mm beading, whilst Omnistor takes a 5mm beading. Therefore with the use of the correct Kador Bead which I can supply and Figure of 8, the windout awning can be used as an awning rail. It should be noted that because this channel is not completely flush to the van, it will pull the sides of the awning away from the van as they get higher near the windout awning. You may also have a gap behind the cassette which will still let water drip down between the van and the cassette which would be overcome if you had an awning rail mounted directly to the van, although a little gutter is also available for both of these windout awnings which will also help to alleviate this issue.
POLE AND CLAMP
There is a built in Sleeve within the tunnel of the awning which allows for the use of the optional extra item of Pole and Clamp set. This metal bar is fed through the sleeve and then clamped to either a gutter of the vehicle such as those on older vehicles such as the VW T2 or if your van has something like the original VW California awning rail extension piece that creates a flange to clamp to. Downsides of this method is that there is potential for weather to still come in between the pole and the vehicle and unless the clamps have been done really well there is a chance that they could come undone and then you have a metal pole banging on the outside of the van….I’ve seen it happen before.
THE BEST METHOD – AN AWNING RAIL
By far the best, most secure, weather tight and easiest method is an awning rail. We make bespoke rails for all vehicles and can often offer very discreet options such as hiding it away under a pop top roof or utilising bolt points for Roof Rails and even integrating with them so that they both sit there together. An awning rail allows the awning to be pulled tight to the vehicle, the awning can be fed directly into it if not driving away or with the use of 6-6mm Kador Bead and Figure of 8 (which together effectively work like a zip) you can easily driveaway and return the vehicle to the same spot and reattach. (Top tip here is to mark the position of the vehicle before driving away and for this we recommend our Runway Lining Up Strip).
Vango Awnings are great and definitely get my personal endorsement – they were the first to revive the airbeam idea and have therefore built up valuable experience over the last few years. They also build on over 50 years in the tent making industry and have a fantastic after sales service as well as a 2 year guarantee (3 years if you register your purchase online!….Don’t forget). They also offer further support even after that where you can buy spare parts and have repairs done. This is a brand and product you can trust.