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How To Choose The Right Drive Away Awning

Now that Spring is finally underway, we’re taking a look at the things you’ll need to consider when choosing a drive away awning for a camper van or motorhome to help you plan for those long awaited breaks in the sunshine! Choosing a drive away awning can be tricky, so we’ve put together this guide to make sure you know which key factors to consider before making your choice. 

What is a drive away awning?

A drive away awning is a tent that has a panel that connects to your camper van or motorhome, allowing you to extend your living or storage space. They’re designed to be freestanding, so you can remove the vehicle when you need to without any hassle. 

What are some of the benefits to having a drive away awning?

If you’re going on a trip for more than a couple of nights or you’re going away as a family, a drive away awning is a no brainer when it comes to extending your space and making your camping trip more comfortable. Whether you need a drive away awning with bedrooms or you just want somewhere to be able to neatly store your equipment away from the elements, we’ve got some fantastic options. If you’re a seasoned UK camper you’ll know that it’s necessary to be prepared for every type of weather, and having a drive away awning will give you greater flexibility, whether you need shelter from the rain or a place to get some shade. 

How do I choose the right awning for a camper van or motorhome? 

Drive away awnings are a significant addition to your camper van or motorhome set up and you’ll want to make sure you make the right choice to suit your needs and budget. First thing’s first, you need to choose the size that fits your vehicle. Our website stocks awnings in a range of sizes, and you’ll find dimensions and information in each product’s description. The most important thing is to measure the height of your vehicle from the awning rail down. If you’re in any doubt, get in touch and we’ll always be happy to advise. 

Next you’ll want to think about your internal set up and what you need from your awning. Do you need compartments for privacy when people are sleeping or are you after a bigger, open area? Read on for a few recommendations or view our full range here. 

Lastly, you’ll need to think about the style of the drive away awning you want. For example, where do you want the awning to connect and which way do you want the door to the awning to face? Your preferred set up and how you usually use your camper van or motorhome will usually give you a good idea of this, but we’re always on hand if you have any questions. If you’ve got a favourite campsite that you’re a regular visitor to, think about the orientation of the pitches so that you can choose a drive away awning that will offer a view, or extra privacy from your neighbours. 

The Family Tent Shop’s Top Picks

We handpick the awnings that we stock and we only sell the best quality equipment on our site. Here are a couple of drive away awnings that we recommend for different needs and budgets. 

Vango Tolga Air VW Moroccan Blue 

Vango are a great brand if you’re looking for an inflatable drive away awning that’s on the more compact side. It’s simple to inflate with its AirBeam® Technology and it looks great too! It has a peak canopy on the front to give extra protection to the doorway and offers a great amount of extra space if you’re looking for a drive away awning for a campervan.

drive away awning for camper van

See more about the Vango Tolga Air VW here. 

Outdoor Revolution Movelite T4 Lowline Air Awning 

This is another air awning that offers loads of extra space for larger touring groups. It offers standing height throughout, a sewn in groundsheet and the air tubes are strong and sturdy and even come with a lifetime guarantee. The optional inner tents also offer privacy for use as bedrooms if you’re looking for a drive away awning with bedrooms. You’ll find this at the fantastic price of £749 at the moment (was £999). 


See more about the Outdoor Revolution Movelite T4 Lowline Air Awning here. 

Outdoor Revolution Cayman Outhouse Handi 

If you’re don’t need a drive away awning with bedrooms and instead are just looking for a bit of extra space that you can use in whichever way you need, this drive away awning for a camper van is a good pick. It’s simple to pitch with just two poles and has a separate peg down groundsheet that you can remove if you need to. 

drive away awning by outdoor revolution

See more about the Outdoor Revolution Cayman Outhouse Handi here. 

If you’re looking to purchase a drive away awning for a motorhome or camper van, take a look at our range here

If you still need some help choosing, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’ve been in the camping industry for over 70 years collectively, so you’re in good hands! 


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