What size awning will fit my vehicle?

If you are reading this then we’re guessing you’re trying to work out which side awning is right for my car/truck/camper. Well, luckily for you we have fitted awnings on many different types and sizes of vehicles, enabling us to give you an idea as to what size you might want to order for your vehicle. By adding a pull-out awning to your vehicle you can take your camping and road-tripping experience to the next level.

Looking to buy an awning for your car? Our side awnings are a simple lightweight pull-out design that makes it the perfect addition to your camping vehicle. The awning is a strong but flexible structure made of an aluminium frame and poles, with tough 420D rip-stop polyester Oxford canvas which is waterproof, UV and mould-proof. To see our range of vehicle awnings visit our shop.

What are the benefits of a side awning?

The first major benefit to having an awning on your vehicle is quick set-up rain shelter. For instance, stop along the way for a bite to eat or rest up, a pull-out awning is a great quick shelter if it’s raining. There is plenty of room under the awning to sit, set up a table, prepare food and eat it without you and everything you’re using getting wet.

Another big benefit of a vehicle awning is shade, maybe not so much in the UK but there are those odd hot days! However, if you plan to go to Europe an awning is a must-have. On those hot days, you will need some shade, whether you’re stopping for lunch on a road trip or camping without much shelter.

Shade and shelter are the two biggest benefits of a roof rack awning. But there are more benefits if you choose to add available awning accessories to your camping setup. You can purchase bug shelters, awning walls/windbreaks and awning rooms. This will expand the use of your vehicle awning and you will start to wonder how you traveled without it?!

Vehicle side awning size suggestions

The suggestions below are just a helpful guide and if you want to discuss your vehicle, then contact us.

A plan diagram of different size side awnings next to a SUV.

2.5m x 2.5m Side Awning

A large 2.5m x 2.5m side awning gives you 6.25m² of sheltered living/catering/sleeping accommodation. This has lots of space and will happily accommodate a table and chairs for 4-6 adults.

This awning is a perfect size for LWB (Long Wheel Base) vehicles. For example, this would include vehicles like; Land Rover Defender 110, Defender 130, VW Transporter, Nissan Navara, Toyota Hilux, Toyota LandCruiser, Mitzibusti L200, Ford Custom, etc.

2.0m x 2.5m Side Awning

With 5m² of shade or shelter, the medium-sized vehicle awning is a great shelter for living/catering/sleeping accommodation. This will give 4 adults covered for work or leisure activities.

This 2.0m wide by 2.5m length awning is a suitable size for SWB (Short Wheel Base) vehicles. For example, this would include vehicles like; Land Rover Defender 90, Land Rover Discovery, Suzuki Jimmy, Dacia Duster, Jeep Renegade, estate cars, small vans, etc.

1.5m x 2.0m Side Awning

The small side awning is the perfect shelter for living/catering accommodation and can be mounted on the rear of your vehicle as shown here. With a sheltered area of 3m², this compact awning will be great for keeping 2 adults out of the rain or sun.

The 1.5m wide by 2.0m length roof racking awning is ideal for limited roof length vehicles. For example, VW Caddy, Vauxhall Combo, Ford Custom, saloon cars, small hatchbacks, double cab 4x4s, etc.

Attaching pull-out awning to your vehicle

All vehicle mounting requirements vary but the awnings can be mounted at any 2 or 3 points along its length. This is due to the continuous channels on the back for mounting. A word of advice, make sure you measure the length of your vehicle and your roof rack/roof crossbars, to purchase the appropriate awning for your setup. If you need help with what size to buy, please contact us and we will advise you further.

For more information about the features, materials and equipment in our side awnings, go to our vehicle awnings page. You may also be interested in finding out whether you can fit an awning to your carhow it attaches, awning setup and installation and how to use an awning.

4 Responses

  1. Thank you for explaining that an awning can be great to offer you some shade if your stopping for lunch on a road trip. My husband and I are thinking about taking our kids on a road trip this summer, but we are planning on making lots of stops on the way to see everything we can. We’ll be sure to look into getting an awning so that we can be comfortable during these times we rest on the roadside.

  2. I totally agree when you said that awnings will provide shade for you unless it is too hot in your location. I wonder if a residential awning retailer can suggest the best material I can get for the best protection when it gets too hot. My family will try camping on the weekend, and we definitely need that kind of cover for the back part of the vehicle when it is still sunny.

    1. Hi Mia, thanks for your comment. The polyester Oxford ripstop fabric we use for our awning is UV protective, it can withstand up to 95% of ultraviolet rays and it can be used at -70 ° C to 170 ° C. I hope that helps. Thanks Chris

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