How to extend your tent when your tent’s extension is discontinued

Help! They don’t sell the awning for my tent anymore!!

Tent extensions and awnings are great. You can make a smaller weekend tent bigger for those longer camping holidays.

you may find yourself in a situation where you can no longer find an extension for your tent
Unfortunately tent manufacturer’s tweak their designs every year or two, so if you never bought an extension when you purchased your tent, you may find yourself in a situation where you can no longer find an extension for your tent.

All might not be lost though.

We look at some options for extending your tent even if you cannot find an extension for your particular tent model.

Option 1. How to fit a tent extension from a different tent

It may be possible to fit an extension from a different tent, even from a different brand.

Side awnings and porches from different tents are easier to fit than front extensions
Matching the exact colour of your tent may be difficult, and you may have to ‘make it work’ for a good fit.

Side awnings and porches from different tents are easier to fit than front extensions.

These tend to have fabric that you can pull over the top of your tent, making it easier to fit even if your tent is not exactly the same shape as the one the extension was designed for.

Look for an extension that is about the same height as your tent, the fabric will help marry it up with your tent.

Here’s an example of a side porch from the old Coleman Coastline Side Porch (also known as the Coleman Classic Side Canopy). See how the porch can extend over the top of a tent.

Gelert Universal Side Porch wrapping over the top of a tent
Here’s a picture of another side extension.  You can see how it wraps around the side of the tent.

No special fittings are required on the tent for this sort of extension.

You could consider this type of tent extension as a Universal Tent Extension since they will fit many tents that are of a similar height.

Search for an extension that matches the height of your tent >>

Option 2. Create your own shelter with a Camping Tarp

If you still can’t find an extension to fit your tent, there is another option: make your own.

No, that doesn’t mean getting the sewing machine out. The simple approach is to create a shelter using a camping tarp.

Watch our video below on how to put up a tarp shelter.

Click here for step-by-step instructions and more tips...

Creating a Camp Kitchen

Here’s an example of how we create a camp kitchen under a tarp.

The tarp we used for this came in a kit. Click here to see the tarp we used.

If you don’t want to use a kit, there’s also the DIY option. Click here for more information on creating your own tarp shelter.

A tarp is a little more open to the elements than a fully enclosed tent extension, but with some windbreaks, you can create quite a good shelter, right up to the front door of your tent.

In strong winds, you’ll need to take your tarp down, but if you have a big enough tarp, you can just take out the poles and peg it flat to the ground, protecting any of the contents underneath the tarp. When the wind subsides, simply re-insert the poles.

Here are a few options you may want to consider.

Vango
Adventure Tarp
  • Dimensions: 3m x 2m
  • Poles Included: 1
DD
Tarp 3m x 3m
  • Dimensions: 3m x 3m
  • Poles Included: 0
Tested
Easy Camp
Tarp 3 x 3
  • Dimensions: 3m x 3m
  • Poles Included: 2
Easy Camp
Tarp 4 x 4
  • Dimensions: 4m x 4m
  • Poles Included: 2
Tested
High Peak
Tarp 2
  • Dimensions: 4m x 4m
  • Poles Included: 2
GeerTop
5 - 8 Persons Tent Tarp
  • Dimensions: 5m x 4.4m
  • Poles Included: 2

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Gav Grayston
Father to 3 kids, who loves getting out and about (hiking, running, camping, cycling, canoeing...) Co-founded Get Out With The Kids to help other parents enjoy the outdoors with their family.
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138 Comments
  1. I’m looking to extend my vango icarus 500 does the tunnel tarp fit?

    10:02 am on August 13, 2017
  2. Hiya

    Looking for a front porch/extension that would fit a Wynnster Phoenix 6. Local outdoors centre suggested we try a Voyager Porch but didnt have any instore to have a look at. Also suggested one of those big gazebo things but I would prefer to get an actual extension if possible. any advice would be greatly appreciated….

    6:29 pm on August 10, 2017
  3. Hiya

    We have a Wynnster Phoenix 6. Any suggestions on front extensions for that as obviously wynnster are now no longer in business. We were looking at one of those big gazebo type things but would rather try and get an actual extension if possible. Salesman at local outdoor centre suggested we might try the Voyager Porch but didn’t have any in stock for us to see. Any advice would be greatly appreciated…

    6:21 pm on August 10, 2017
  4. Looking for a side awning for a blue Vango odyssey 500, or suggestions for another awning that will fit. TIA

    9:34 pm on August 8, 2017
  5. Hi

    Looking for a suitable substitute extension for a Michighan 6. Any advice on any extensions please ??

    2:46 pm on August 2, 2017
  6. Hi I,m looking for an extension for my Skandika Milano Family Tunnel Tent for cooking under when it’s wet and storing that I don’t want in the tent. The tent is W410cm x210H. Only porch I think would fit is the Hi Gear Voyager Elite 6 porch W420x216H . Do you think this would work?

    5:38 pm on July 24, 2017
  7. Hi Gav.
    Looking for prefferebly a front porch for a high gear serene 5
    Any ideas what would fit.

    5:57 pm on July 13, 2017

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