Hook on – Used on standard pole tents where the awning is hooked onto its front pole. To ensure the awning remains attached to the tent’s front pole more hooks extend to clip on poles further back. Awnings made to attach to a certain type of pole are rarely compatible for use with other materials.
For instance, an awning for a steel pole tent generally will not connect to a tent that uses fiberglass.
Zip on – This connection method is used on inflatable tents, like Smart Air, where there are no tent poles for an awning to hook onto. Zip sizes can vary greatly between models and brands.
Pull over – Here, the awning fabric pulls over the tent’s front pole or tube and is held firmly in place by pegging the awning guylines towards the back of the tent. Although used on many standard inflatable tents, the awning might also hook onto a steel front pole if available.