Help! They don’t sell the awning for my tent any more!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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