Shelter from the rain or sun with a side awning.

Whether you’re on holiday or just having a family day out in the UK, our premium quality expedition vehicle side awnings will keep you covered, quite literary. Not only will you be covered but you will also be protected from the elements with our car awning accessories: awning sides, awning fronts and awning rooms. 

A couple in chairs hugging under a side awning on a campervan with a backdrop of mountains.

What is a side awning?

Side awnings can be fitted to pretty much any vehicle, with roof bars or roof racks. They come in various sizes to suit your car and provide a useful covered area next to your car that you can use to shelter from the rain or sun. This also means you can access your car while they are erected. 

Awnings attach to your vehicle’s roof and are opened by hand, pull out or roll out is the most common. Canvas is attached to a strong aluminium metal frame which is supported by legs and secured by pegged guide ropes.

Can I fit a awning to my car?

What size awning to buy?

Below are our vehicle side awning size suggestions. These suggestions should give you an idea of what size awning to use on your car. Vehicle requirements vary and an awning can be mounted at any 2 points along its length due to the continuous twin channels on the back face. So just measure how long your vehicle is and the area you want to cover. However, make sure not to have too much overhang from your vehicle, as this can be a hazard to other road users while driving.

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

Why choose our side awnings?

Fabric/Canvas

Our awnings are designed to be lightweight but durable. All canvas, including walls, windbreaks and extensions are all made from strong flexible 420D rip-stop Oxford polyester. This material is waterproof, mould resistant and provides 100% UV protection. Consequently, this hard-wearing material will be essential on your expedition trip or camping getaway.

Close up of a side awning from the underneath on the rear of a vehicle.
Close up of the front cap of a vehicle awning with guy rope and pole attached.

Materials

All materials used in our vehicle awnings have the same attention to detail. Heavy-duty thick canvas outer bag for storing will protect your awning while travelling and will stop water ingress or dirt from the road. The frame of our awnings are rigid lightweight anodised aluminium poles, designed to be strong but flexible in wind.

We use durable guide ropes for securing your awning in windy weather, plus 2 heavy-duty aluminium pegs, no cheap flimsy pegs here! We also use premium quality zippers for extra durability on the trail.

Fitting

All Tent & Trail awnings come equipped with a full fitting kit (bolts, brackets, even tools) with detailed instructions on how to fit to your vehicle.

All requirements vary and the awning can be mounted at any 2 points along its length due to the continuous twin channels on the back. So just measure how long your vehicle is and order accordingly.

Tent & Trail roof rack vehicle awning fitting brackets.

Our side awnings.

Find out more about our Tent & Trail side awnings for vehicles. Instant shade or shelter. Free delivery to mainland UK.

Our side awning accessories.

Side awning walls

The front and side walls for the car side awning are a great complement accessory. they are quick to set up and come with their own carry bag, guy ropes, peg and canvas clamps.

The wall fits into place via a Kedor strip on the front and velcro straps along the side. Each awning wall has eyelets in the bottom corners for pegging into the ground. The awning side wall is made of rugged 320g polyester Oxford canvas which is waterproof, UV and mould proof

Side awning rooms or tents

The awning room or awning tent for the vehicle side awning is the perfect accessory for weather protection and added privacy. Whether from the sun, wind, rain or just a bit of privacy in camp, the awning room fits neatly underneath your existing side awning.

Each room has several windows and doors to allow light, ventilation and easy access. The external windows and doors have bug netting and zip-down curtains for privacy and weather-proofing. The internal door facing your vehicle can be unzipped and tied up for easy access from inside the awning room. 

Vehicle awnings FAQs

You’ve got questions, we got the answers. If you can’t find the specific answer you’re looking for then contact us at support@tentandtrail.com and we will be happy to talk through any questions you may have.

Yes. All our awnings come with 100% waterproof heavy-duty 420D Polyester Oxford canvas. This canvas is UV and mould-resistant, making your awning look good and last longer in any kind of weather. 

Other materials used on the awning are aluminium for the frame and legs with stainless steel fixings, so no need to worry about rust.

Yes, but it is important to position your awning with a run-off to the side of the awning canopy. This is achieved by lowering one of the front legs lower than the other which will prevent heavy rainfall from pooling on the canvas. In extreme weather situations, we recommend taking down your awning and packing it away to prevent damage. Side awning heavy rain position to prevent pooling on the canvas.

Our awnings come equipped with full vehicle fitting kits (bolts, brackets, even tools) and detailed instructions. All our fixings are made from premium stainless steel 304-grade metal. This is to prevent corrosion/rust and provide added strength. For more information and pictures see our setup and install guide for attaching a side awning to your car.

We also provide a fitting service with the purchase of any of our products, please contact support@tentantrail.com for more details.

All of our products, roof tents and awnings have a 2-year warranty, for any manufacturing defects that might occur. In the unlikelihood of any issues or defects please contact us at support@tentandtrail.com and we will be on hand to help.

Please see our warranty policy page for more details.

We’ve got you covered.

We know that accidents can happen but there’s no need to worry if your awning gets broken. A number of spares for all our products are available, to keep you on the road. Simply get in contact with us at support@tentandtrail.com and tell us what you require.

Free shipping service is available to the vast majority of UK customers. However, certain UK postcodes do not qualify for our free shipping service and customers in these areas may be required to pay a supplementary delivery fee. The current free shipping exclusion zones include postcodes in the following areas: Channel Islands, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly, Scottish Highlands & Islands.

Consequently, if your postcode falls within one of the free shipping exclusion zone(s), please email support@tentandtrail.com confirming your full address details and we will be in touch with a quote for delivery. We can also arrange delivery to Europe – please contact us for a quotation.

Vehicle access restrictions to your property may mean additional costs or delivery failure. If you are concerned this may apply to you, then please be sure to email us before you complete your order at checkout.

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