We've got an Outdoor Revolution air awning (Esprit Pro 420), which we have had for three years now (which is our whole caravan owning time... we're relative newbies). I've never really been happy with the awning. It's very heavy to feed through the awning rail, and it doesn't seem to "sit well" on the side of the caravan, if that makes sense. It is impossible to get the roof nice and taught, and it generally looks quite saggy and sorry for itself! Also, suffers terribly from pooling of water on the roof and from condensation. Judging by some of the posts on CT, these problems are not uncommon with air awnings.
I've read a few threads on awning choice, and clearly this is an issue which divides opinion! Many people do seem happy with their air awnings, and there are many folk who say they have made the transition from traditional poled awning, to air, and would never go back. However I was wondering if there was anybody out there who had experience of making the change in the opposite direction (i.e. moved away from air, to full poled awning). Is the extra time and effort putting up a full awning worth it in terms of better fit / more space / improved weather-tight-ness? Do you regret the change, and would you return to an air awning, given the choice?
Generally our priorities as a family are for plenty of space, and we would normally be going on holiday for a full week. My plan would be for good quality full awning (Isabella seems to be market leader) and then maybe have a cheap and cheerful poled porch awning for short breaks. I'm interested to hear the collective wisdom of the group on this one!