The vestibule isn’t a necessary for caravan or camper. However, it’s worth to have it. Why? The main reason the protection against the sun.
On hot days we protect the vehicle home from heat, and at the same time we gain the space, that will allow us to relax in the shade. If it will be a “full” vestibule, which apart from the side walls also covers the entrance to the caravan, we’ll create something like a veranda, which will increase our private territory.
Types of vestibules
With such vestibule, you can completely separate yourself from others, and above all against inclement weather - sun, wind and rain. Finally – just as mosquito nets in the door - vestibules may, to some extent, protect against the invasion of insects.
It’s worth noting that there’re many types of vestibules available on the market . There are, for example, vestibules which you can easily call tents, because they have all four walls. But nowadays it’s a rareness.
Most often you can see the vestibules with three walls and a roof, where the part with the front door and windows (these options are available in more expensive versions) usually can be removed or rolled up and pinned to the roof. We can also meet the "sun” vestibules, which are devoid of the front wall.
And finally - instead of the vestibule, you can have only a marquee, ie a roof mounted to the front profile of the caravan, sometimes with an additional sliding cover which, when after rolling it out from the marquee and extending it almost to the ground, may partially replace the vestibule wall.
But it’s not a secret that the marquees, even the best one, won’t ever provide such a shadow and cover as full vestibule. Nonetheless it has a big advantage, contrary to the vestibules, they can be rolled out very quickly.
Although the vestibules are often sold as year-round, most of them are not suitable to be used in winter - at least not in the Polish meaning of the word "winter". Instead, they should endure the colder periods in warmer countries such as Spain or Italy.
Which one to choose?
Choosing the right vestibule, may not be that easy because of the different sizes of caravans and campers. The vestibule has to be adapted to the length of the caravan’s profile. Therefore, before purchasing it’s best to consult your dealer and tell him exactly what model of the caravan we have. In the case of rare models you’ll have to measure your caravan – even though it’s worth to consult the dealer to do it properly.
Vestibule’s design is a matter of taste. Nonetheless it’s worth to pay some attention to the racks and joints. Worth of recommendation are aluminum racks – they’re both light and durable. However the joints between them should be made of metal. Plastic ones, though lighter, may be less durable.
The price of the vestibule depends on the manufacturer, of the materials from which it was made and on its size. This means that the more the vehicle campground we have, the price will be higher. In general (although there may be exceptions) awning will be cheaper than a full atria. The roof to protect from the sun can cost about 400 zł, while the vestibule will cost approximately 2-4 thousand. zł. However, you can easily find a hotel for more than eight thousand. zł.
There are also atriums and canopies prepared for vans (not necessarily large kamperach) and small atria, Extra only part of the vehicle (mainly covering their entrance).
The possibilities are very much a choice - as often happens - is primarily limited budget.