If you’re looking for an easy way to expand your campervan living space then an Awning is a great option! But which would suit you and your campervan needs the best?
The first thing you need to think about is what you will be using the awning for, and how much your budget is.
A great starting point is a multi/combi rail, which is permanently fixed to the side of your campervan. This rail allows any industry-standard freestanding awning to be attached to your campervan.
These rails are very sleek and hardly noticeable! We fit both the Reimo Multirail and the Vamoose Combi Rail. Prices for these start from £200 fitted and take approximately an hour to fit. They can be fitted alongside pop-tops as well as roof racks.
The rail allows you to attach a drive-away tent to your campervan. This can then be attached/detached when needed and usually leaves the tent at your campsite whilst you go off exploring. The tents become freestanding tents once detached which allows for flexibility when on the campsite. The biggest benefit to this is that it allows you to have additional living and sleeping space for your campervan. You can choose between an inflatable drive-away awning tent (pitching without the poles!) or a standard drive-away awning. It’s important to think about what you’ll need this space for, and if an extra sleeping area is a necessity then it might be worth considering an awning that has a separate compartment. Personally, we found this invaluable when camping with a baby as we had the additional space to accommodate all the extra bits you need with a little one!
Another benefit is that you can leave belongings (non-valuable!) at the campsite in your drive-away awning which takes the pressure of lugging it everywhere as well as securing your pitch at the campsite.
Lastly, it gives you a space to remove dirty/muddy clothes and footwear before climbing into your campervan. This includes being able to clean off your 4 legged friends before they go bouncing around too!
An additional benefit of the rail system is that it acts as a rain gutter to divert the rainwater from the sides of the doors.