The extra space and versatility provided by an awning and extension is so appreciated by campers that many now consider at least one of these options a necessity.
Buying awnings and extensions
The extra space and versatility provided by an awning and extension is so appreciated by campers that many now consider at least one of these options a necessity. In fact, their popularity is so great that it is hard to believe that Outwell only introduced these to the market in recent years. This is why it is rare to find an awning or extension for an older tent for the majority never featured the option.
Their popularity explains why current models soon sell out. And, of course, some of our latest tents were never designed to use with an awning or extension; either through considerations to use or because they are already an integral feature. Thus, we often get asked if we can recommend a substitute awning or extension for a tent.
Unfortunately, we cannot. Each awning and extension has been designed and tested to match a specific tent so that we can ensure looks and performance are maintained. It also prevents potential problems caused by mix and matching, like draughts, stability issues and damage to the tent. We will always advise using a tarp or a separate gazebo-style tent to add extra protected living space to a pitch if a tent-specific awning or extension is not available.
However, while we do not advise mix and matching we do know that campers successfully source and use non-standard awnings and extensions with their tent and that many people find advice through our unofficial fan clubs on Facebook.
In order to get the best match they compare the height and width of available awnings and extensions with those of the front of their tent to ensure they get a near match. Such details can normally be found on the manufacturer’s website like the example below. Consideration to profiles, attachment points and looks can also be factored in before purchase.