Driveaway Awning Question Page
How does a drive away tent awning work?
Drive away awnings are designed around a tent that can be fully closed and left on site, on the rear of this tent is a tunnel that is designed to attach to the camper, it consists of a roof section that can be attached to the gutter of the camper and two sides, the edge of which are normally elasticised and pull into the side of the camper by pegging them to the ground underneath the camper.
|When the large zipped door on the back of the tent is opened the tent becomes an annexe to the camper.|
When you want to go off in your camper for the day the rear door zips closed and the attachment tunnel neatly rolls up against the tent leaving a fully enclosed stand alone tent
How will my awning fit to my camper?
It is important that you buy an awning with the correct gutter attachment method for your camper.
Modern drive away tent awnings use one of two methods of attachment to campers;
a) "Figure of 8"- the edge of the awning has a piped edge onto which you slide the figure of 8 which then clips onto the gutter.
Figure of 8 can also be used to connect to an awning rail when matched with a Driveaway connection kit.
b) "Pole and clamps"- the edge of the awning has a pocket machined along its length, a pole is inserted into this sleeve and the pole then dropped into the gutter and held in by clamps.
All our camper awnings are supplied as standard with a pole and clamp attachment kit , all our awnings (except the reimo tour easy ) have a piped edge to facilitate connection using the figure of 8 system.
NOTE we can modify the Reimo Tour Easy awning by adding a piped edge for the fig of 8 method if required)
Pole and clamp kits , figure of 8 kits and Driveaway connection kits are all available to purchase separately , visit our Awning fitting kits and accessories page for details.
Why does it matter which method of attachment I have for my tent awning?
Pole and clamps
This is the most common method and works in most cases, it needs a gutter for the pole to drop into hence problems occur if;
Figure of 8
This works great as long as the gutter is large enough and of an angle to stop the figure of 8 sliding off
OR if you are fitting to an awning rail (will require the purchase of a driveaway connection kit )
So whats best for my camper?