VW T5 Campervan Awning - Olpro Cubo Breeze Review
This week I bought a new drive-away campervan awning from Olpro to go with my VW T5 camper conversion. Olpro sell a variety of different awnings from large to small, many of which are available as both an air-beam or conventional pole design. I bought the Olpro Cubo Breeze direct from Olpro's website which is the air-beam version of their Cubo model.
The Cubo Breeze arrived within 48 hours of purchase and was very well packaged. Inside the box contains everything you need to get going in a generously sized carry bag (pump, ropes, pegs, instructions etc).
First impressions are that this is a very well made piece of kit using decent quality materials. The Cubo Breeze weighs-in at around 17-18kg which is about the norm for this size of awning, but it didn't feel overly heavy to move to and from the van. The carry bag has two large handles which make carrying simple and they are sturdy enough to share the weight either side with someone else. The bag and its contents sit nicely on the rear of my rock-n-roll bed, meaning I can just open the rear doors and pull it out the back of the van when needed.
As a family of five, I was looking for something that was of a good size without being cumbersome to transport around. I wanted something easy to put up/take down and fully waterproof for the inevitable downpour of rain. I also wanted something I can leave in place and not have to collapse if I need to drive to the shops for example. The Cubo Breeze seemed to fit the bill from the information online and so I ordered it.
Upon first use, I was actually surprised how generous in size it is in reality. It would easily fit two blow-up double mattresses inside with a small walkway in-between to the van and the centre height lets you stand up comfortably inside (I'm over 6 foot). We used it for one blow-up double bed and there was loads of space for other stuff inside. The Cubo is also fully waterproof to a hydrostatic head of 5M, meaning it is pretty much as good as you can get and much better than some of the cheaper awnings out there. You can either fit it to your van's awning rail or if like me you don't have one, you can throw two straps over the top of your van and secure to the ground on the other side.
Putting the awning up took about 20 minutes in total as a first attempt, but now armed with the knowledge of how to do it properly from this first experience, I think I could probably do this in around 10 minutes next time - but what's the rush anyway!
There are videos on YouTube on how to erect the awning and I may add one myself on the T5iver channel at some point in the future and show you the size inside as well.
I opted for the orange/black design which should make it a bit easier to spot on a busy campsite (I'm thinking for my children who are more prone to forgetting where we are), but it is also available in grey/blue. Personally, I like the contrast of the bolder colours against the white of my van, but obviously this is down to individual taste.
All-in-all, I am very impressed with this awning and can highly recommend it. Taking it down was really easy and the generous over-sized bag made it simple to pack away. We've all probably bought something before that once its out of its bag is impossible to get back in again! - but no such problem with the Olpro Cubo Breeze awning.
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