Peter BaberSee other accessory reviews written by Peter Baber
It's easy to pitch and take down, and is packed with design innovation, so is the Olpro Cocoon Breeze inflatable motorhome awning for you? Read on!
Tradition dictates that all awnings should face out at right angles and have a neutral-grey colour scheme.
Olpro goes against the grain: its Cocoon Breeze drive-away awning runs parallel to your camper van.
The model we tested was pale grey with a blue base, but it can be supplied with a bright orange base.
The fabric is 150 denier Oxford polyester – on the thin side compared with some.
But it does have a 5000mm hydrostatic head, and the whole awning only weighs 24kg.
The main frame has three inflatable tubes across the roof and four that curve into a semi-cylindrical shape – all are inflated using the pump supplied, and a dump valve prevents overinflation.
The tunnel attaches to the awning rail or guttering, or by supplied straps which go over the top of the vehicle – even over a pop-up roof – to be pegged on the other side.
The awning measures 4.5m x 3.5m, so requires a fairly large pitch. It also has a sewn-in groundsheet, which some sites are not keen on if you are staying a while, because of damage to the grass – so check first.
Olpro has at least included a small zip, through which you can pass any hook-up cable you may need.
You then use the supplied poles to set up the canopy that comes out of the top of the side door.
The ‘front’ (which would be the side on other awnings) is removable to create a larger entrance.
There is no mesh to cover the windows if you want to zip them open, but there is one for the door.
Large vents in the roof should help to combat condensation, although with a sewn-in groundsheet, this might not be as much of a problem.
The fluorescent guys are straps, rather than ropes, designed to form a triangular shape that takes up less space outside – an important consideration given this awning’s size.
Best of all is the inner tent, which can form one or two rooms – it is said to sleep five people, although that may be quite a squeeze.
In between the two doors to the inner is a useful column of pocket shelves.
Olpro claims the Cocoon Breeze can be put up in 15 minutes.
Driving away proved to be relatively hassle-free, too, leaving a construction that can easily pass for a conventional tent.
The only option is a £45 carpet.
|Dimensions (W x D)||350 x 455cm|
|Pack size||82 x 43 x 43cm|
|Access||Side door, tunnel door, whole front access|
This motorhome awning is a clever design and great value for money, with loads of extras as standard.
However, the thinner-than-usual fabric means it might not be as hard-wearing as other drive-away awnings.
- Great value for money
- It's a different, imaginative design
- The thinner material may not be as hard-wearing as other motorhome awnings
- There's no mesh on the windows