Drive away and save your pitch with a drive-away motorhome awning – Practical Motorhome reviews the high spec Inaca St Jordi 370
Practical Motorhome's experts test the Inaca St Jordi 370 drive-away motorhome awning. In the same range is the St Jordi 300 motorhome awning. With both of these free-standing awnings you can drive your campervan away and leave the awning behind to save your pitch on the campsite.
Designed and manufactured in Barcelona, Inaca awnings offer top quality at an affordable price. The Spanish firm has made affordable drive-away awnings for motorhomes for a number of years, but recently unveiled a higher-specification range called St Jordi. There are two sizes, the 300 and the 370 (on test here).
Made from TenCate polycoated material and PVC, and with the option of steel or carbon-fibre frames, the St Jordi is designed for motorcaravanners who spend time in a given location, where the awning will literally mark their pitch. This will make the St Jordi attractive to those who chase winter sun in warmer climes like Spain or Portugal, basing themselves on the same site.
Putting St Jordi awnings up takes around half an hour for two people; expect this to reduce to around 20 minutes once you’re familiar with the procedures. The frame goes up first, then the roof. The two sides and front are added, the upright poles put in position and then the four corners pegged down, followed by the other pegs. The curtains included, are then added.
The St Jordi awning can be attached to the campervan by various means: either attached to a canopy awning, to a Fiamma blind or to the ’van’s guttering, using an adapter (supplied). To leave the awning behind for the day, just slide off the connector, zip up the awning securely and drive away.
Inaca St Jordi awnings come in two sizes: 300 and 370. The St Jordi 370 awning measures 370cm x 250cm. This will suit campervans that are within a height range of 230cm-280cm and costs £899 (steel frame), or £1079 (carbon fibre frame) in 2014.
The Inaca St Jordi 300 is 300cm x 250cm; to suit campervans that are 190cm-230cm high. This awning costs £860 (steel) or £1019 (carbon fibre) in 2014.
The St Jordi fits well onto the side of a motorhome, and the rear panel can be zipped at either end for maximum flexibility. You can also add a groundsheet (not supplied). Windows are fitted to the front and sides of the awning. An annexe (not supplied) can be used to extend the awning space further. Inaca awnings are designed and made in Barcelona, using top-quality materials. The awning can be connected to the motorhome via a canopy awning or Fiamma blind. Once the awning has been tensioned and pegged down, you can hang the curtains to the three windows. They certainly look the part and give you privacy.
Choose the St Jordi 370 (as tested on a 6.39m-long camper van) has a height range of 230-280cm. Another model, the St Jordi 300, is ideal for shorter motorhomes.
|Size||3.7m x 2.5m|
|Main fabric||TenCate polycoated canvas and PVC|
|Frame||Choice of steel or carbon-fibre|
|Alternatives||Other sizes available|
|Made in||Barcelona, Spain|
- High quality product
- Comes in assorted sizes to suit many motorhomes
- Drive-away awning, so it saves your pitch
- Choice of pole/frame materials
- It's easiest if two of you put it up