Drive Away Awnings: The Ultimate Guide Drive Away Awnings: The Ultimate Guide

Drive Away Awnings: The Ultimate Guide

Drive Away Awnings: The Ultimate Guide

Are you considering purchasing a drive-away awning for your camper van or motorhome? Navigating the market without the right knowledge can be a daunting task. Fear not! In this ultimate guide, we're here to equip you with all the essential information you need to make an informed decision.

A drive-away awning is more than just an accessory – it's a game-changer. While it may require a significant investment, the benefits it brings to your camping adventures are well worth it. Not only does it provide additional living space, but it also offers unmatched flexibility and storage options, all without tethering your vehicle to a specific campsite.

If you're looking to maximise the potential of your camping setup, exploring the world of WM Camping's drive-away awnings is a must. Whether you're a seasoned camper or new to the scene, this guide will steer you towards the perfect drive-away awning, ensuring an unforgettable camping experience.

What is a Drive-Away Awning?

What is a Drive-Away Awning?

A drive away awning refers to a self-supporting tent composed of two main components: the primary awning and the connecting panel. The connecting panel is designed to attach to the side of your motorhome or camper van. There are 3 main attachment heights, 180-210cm, Mid 210-245cm and Tall 245-295cm. We'll go into more detail on this later on.

When detached, it allows you to drive the vehicle away while leaving the freestanding awning pitched at the campsite.

Why should you consider purchasing a drive away awning?

Enhanced Flexibility - A drive away awning offers increased flexibility for both camper vans and motorhomes.

Extra Storage - By utilising the awning, you can create additional storage space inside your vehicle, freeing up room for other items.

Expanded Living Area - Awnings provide valuable supplementary living space, especially since camper vans often have limited room. They offer comfortable areas to relax, change clothes, or even cook, provided there is proper ventilation.

Additional Sleeping Accommodation - Most Drive Away Awnings can accommodate either two or four berth inners, effectively increasing the sleeping capacity of your setup. This allows you to invite friends or family to join you on your camping adventures.

What do you plan to use the awning for?

Are you looking to extend your living space, create additional storage, or provide extra sleeping quarters for guests who might join you on a camping trip?

It's important to clarify your specific needs and preferences for the awning. Many awnings offer a range of features, including the option to add sleeping compartments inside.

However, keep in mind that some awnings are primarily designed for storage purposes. Therefore, it's advisable to double-check and ensure that the awning you choose fulfills your requirements.

What are the options for connecting the awning to your van?

Drive Away Awning Kit

How to Determine the Ideal Height for Your Awning?

When selecting the right awning, it's crucial to consider the height of the connection panel. We offer three distinct sizes of awnings, each designed to fit different heights of camper vans or motorhomes. While the overall size and shape of the awning remain the same, the connecting panel accommodates varying vehicle heights.

As a general guideline, camper vans typically require a Low awning, while motorhomes usually require a Tall or Highline awning. For those vans that fall between the standard camper van and motorhome heights, the Mid or Standard height awnings are the perfect choice. These awnings cater to the unique dimensions of such vehicles, providing a seamless fit.

By considering the height specifications and selecting the appropriate awning size, you can ensure a secure and properly fitted connection to your camper van or motorhome.

Low or Lowline (180 - 210cm)

Drive Away Awning Low height plan
Drive Away Awning Mid Height Plan

Standard or Midline (205-245cm)

Tall or Highline (245 - 295cm)

Drive Away Awning Tall Height Plan

Styles of Awnings

Front Facing Awnings

Side-ways Facing Awnings

Annex or Tail Awnings

Type of Fabric

Polyester Fabric

Polyester fabric is commonly used in the production of drive-away awnings due to its lightweight and compact nature, making it ideal for touring campers. It offers convenience and portability.

70 Denier

This entry-level fabric is suitable for shorter camping trips during the summer season.


Vango Faros II Poled Low

Vango Faros II Air Low

Vango Cove II Poled Low

Vango Cove II Air Low

150 Denier - 150 Denier: A balance between quality and weight, the 150 denier polyester fabric is thicker and stronger. It is perfect for those seeking an easily pitched awning with durable fabric.

Double-Ripstop Polyester

These awnings are known for their strength and are particularly suitable for campers venturing out during early or late camping seasons. The fabric's durability is significantly higher, ranging from 420 Denier to 600 Denier, making it 245% stronger than 70 Denier polyester fabric.

Polycotton Fabric

Polycotton fabric is better suited for campers in colder or hotter climates as it adapts to the weather conditions. It offers enhanced durability, making it an excellent choice for long-term camping.

Ideal for Hotter Climates: Polycotton fabric breathes, making it perfect for use in hotter climates.

Naturally Waterproof: The fabric is inherently waterproof and adjusts to varying weather conditions.


A drive away awning is a great way to increase the living space, storage space, and flexibility of your camper van or motorhome. With so many different options available, you can find the perfect awning to fit your needs and budget.

Buy your drive away awning from WM Camping today!

We offer a wide selection of drive away awnings from top brands like Vango, Outdoor Revolution, and Kampa. We also have a team of experts who can help you choose the perfect awning for your needs.

Visit our website or call us today to learn more about our drive away awnings. We're sure we have the perfect awning for you!

Drive Away Awnings: The Ultimate Guide

Jul 13, 2023