During the last century few Recreational Vehicles like
Award have shown a design that dramatically influenced the market
place. Award entered the North American market in the early 80's
offering a distinctively aerodynamic and lightweight travel trailer.
Through years of continuous R & D Award emerged as the industry
leader in "towability". Award travel trailers continue, to this day
as a leader in the market with its sophisticated design, luxurious amenities,
and superior features and benefits.
We know that Award customers are looking for a quality product, not
necessarily a price sensitive buyer who understands the advantages,
innovations and value invested in an Award.
Now take a journey to the next level, a "Step beyond the Ordinary".
As one of Europe's most popular travel trailers, Award
came to this continent with a proven shape which provides ease of towing
with their aerodynamics proven in England in wind tunnel tests. Since
its introduction our product has gone through many refinements which
to this day make it one of the most towable travel trailers in North
Let us explain:
Looking at the front of the trailer you
will notice that it is sloped in four directions. When traveling down
the road the wind will be split and displaced over and under the trailer
and along each side.
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front of the Award's upward slope begins at a low point. The upward
slope introduces a rolling motion to the air flowing up and over
the top of the trailer. The inverted-hull shaped roof then cuts
through this air and displaces it to each side thus forcing the
air into a rolling motion over the entire length of the unit.
- The roof of the trailer is curved down at the rear. This allows
the wind to flow downwards and then return to its natural flow,
eliminating much of the vacuum and drag created by square backed,
flat roofed trailer designs.
- The downward slope on the lower section of the front nose cone
directs some of the displaced air down under the trailer. This air
flows unobstructed beneath the undercarriage to the rear where it
joins with the natural air flow from above.
- The lateral
curve of the front helps keep displaced air close to the sides of
the trailer. This reduces the vacuum caused by the air as it flows
around the front of the unit again reducing turbulence and wind
- The LP bottles are enclosed within the front fiberglass nose cone
thus eliminating any interference with the wind flow. The front
cast acrylic window serves as an integral rock guard that enhances
the trailers aerodynamic performance, maintaining a flush surface
and conforms to the lateral curve of the front nose cone.
designed and engineered to reduce wind drag when towing, by managing
and displacing the onslaught of air to maximize its towing capabilities.
This feature provides both, both improved fuel economy and less stress
on your tow vehicle.
Many of the aerodynamic features designed into the
provide superior towability, with a distinct difference.
Aerodynamics is the science that displaces the wall of air when being
towed. Towability is how well the product handles itself on the road.
This feature highlights how the Award has earned the reputation in ease
and safety in towing.
Let us explain:
Towability is accomplished through the
shape, the use of specific components and manufacturing techniques in
discussed the inverted-hull shaped roof and how the air is split
forcing it into a rolling motion. This action also exerts downward
pressure on the trailer roof to provide better tire to road contact
- The peak roof design also allows for shorter side walls which
result in less susceptibility from cross winds, trucks and buses
to sway, as well it lowers the center of gravity for more stability.
- All of Award's floor plans have been carefully designed
to place heavier items, such as appliances and air conditioner,
closer to the axles. The central balance that results from this
contributes greatly to the Award's performance.
Award fresh water tank is located directly between the two axles
underneath the floor. This results in an even balance when the tank
is filled and hitch weight remains constant. The water tank located
either in the front or rear of a trailer results in substantial
towing variances and characteristics, based on water levels.
- The Award's center of gravity is also lowered by locating
the water tanks below the floor.
- The Award features two unique Torsion Rubber Suspension
Axles. This benefits its towability by providing a better tire to
road ratio. In contrast to leaf spring axles Award's wheels
are independently affected by uneven road services.
- Other towing benefits from this type of suspension are increased
shock absorption, predictability and responsiveness. The conventional
leaf-spring axles tend to continue bouncing upon absorbing a shock,
the torsion rubber suspension, on the other hand, rapidly returns
to its normal operating position.
- Award uses a 12" electric brake system, rather than 10"
that sets up braking on all four wheels with greater braking power.
- Automotive technology applied to the alignment of the axles with
high speed spin balancing for the wheels. These processes are critical
in achieving a smooth ride, easy towing and even tire ware.
- The tongue of the steel chassis frame begins under the trailer
and pulls the Award from a point nearer the axles versus pulling
it from the front of the main frame. In addition to improving the
trailer's responsiveness it also allows the tongue to be narrower.
Combine this with a longer tongue; aerodynamic radius front nose
cone and LP tanks that are set back and enclosed, now much shorter
turns are possible without damaging either the tow vehicle or trailer.
The Award Travel Trailers
designed and engineered with towability in mind. Improved handling characteristics,
improved stability and better towing performance all add up to towing
excellence. Safe, easy towing is imperative to your peace of mind.
Quality, a word used liberally. Many manufacturers
claim quality built, hand crafted, quality circles, and so on.
At Award we see
quality; in our design and engineering, reliability, technical superiority,
uniqueness, towability, workmanship, and the people who build and stand
behind it. Our service and personal attention, camaraderie with ownership,
and satisfied customers are a testimonial to the Award product.
As you read on and discover
the Award product difference, we hope to be able to educate and prove
that Award quality is designed with you in mind, providing the ultimate
lifestyle choice, in travel and touring.