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 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 on more information on creating your own tarp shelter.

Using a tarp is a little more open than a fully enclosed tent extension, but with some windbreaks, you can create quite a good shelter, right up to the front 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’s a few options you may want to consider.

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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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  1. Hi, I am after a side porch for my hi gear voyager elite 6 but they only make front porch. Do you know of any other brands that will fit??

    9:15 pm on April 19, 2017
  2. Hi all, I’m looking for the awning conversion kit for the 2015 Outwell Wolf Lake 7, or can anyone recommend an alternative that would fit?

    6:14 pm on January 8, 2017
  3. Gav,
    Just to advise that after extensive research regarding additions to a Vango Icarus 600, I have found the Vango Iris 600 additions do fit – in fact the Vango website advises anything within 10cm of the dimensions will suit.
    I have just happened up on these, though – the Vango Hub. They are a dome day tent, but importantly cone with doors and can be quite cost effective. They aren’t obviously immediately attached to the tent, but you should be able to stride through from one to the other if pitched right up against each other. I am considering one for this season. Although the Vango site doesn’t list them yet, I have found some upcoming on a site here:

    10:36 am on January 4, 2017
    • Thanks for the info on the Vango Icarus 600 option.

      I have seen the new hub and it could indeed work as an additional shelter. I have some info from Vango and it’s on the ‘to do’ list to post it up soon.

      5:47 pm on January 4, 2017
  4. Hi, do you know if there is a porch that will fit the Hi Gear Radiance 5, measurements are 195cm high and 320cm wide, I’m not bothered about colour, I just need some extra space. Someone mentioned the gelert end porch, when I looked it up it said it fits 300-400cm wide tents, but after looking today it no longer says it’s universal. Thanks

    10:33 pm on September 24, 2016
  5. Hi anybody any ideas for a front extension for an outwell birdland 4e. The official extension is H205. W275. cant get one anywhere

    10:09 am on August 21, 2016
  6. Hello Gavin

    I have a Icarus 600 XL and would appreciate some kitchen space. A (front/side) awning or canopy would suffice.

    I contacted Vango who (unhelpfully) provided no advice whatsoever.

    Any ideas?



    12:34 pm on August 5, 2016
    • Hi have you looked into the Vango excel side awnings…either the standard or tall. You can buy them either frame or airbeam. Either one might just fit. Shop around though if you decide to buy as the costs really do vary from £160 ish up to £300.
      Ps. Check your tents height & go for the one nearest to your tents height. Good Luck!

      1:45 am on March 10, 2017
  7. Great site! Thanks for all these support!
    We’ve got an Outwell Concorde M:
    It’s 2m10 height and we want to add a side extension. Unfortunately, we cannot find any anymore.
    Could the Vango Excel Side Awning Standard – 2016 do the job?:

    Or are there other side extensions that would work?

    12:04 pm on August 1, 2016
  8. We have just brought our first tent which is a Coleman Coastline Deluxe 4 second hand for £60 which I feel is a great bargain. I have been searching everywhere for front porch but it has been discontinued. Can you recommend one that would be a good fit.

    9:44 am on August 1, 2016
  9. Hello, I am looking for a front extension to fit an Outwell Navada S about 5/6 years old, not having much luck can you help.
    Thanks Anna.

    11:15 am on July 14, 2016
  10. hi I have a older tent , a colorado 600 dlx can you recommend a extension for the porch ??

    9:31 pm on July 11, 2016
  11. Hi, I have a vango Icarus airbeam 600 but unfortunately it has now been discontinued – do you know what awning or side extension will fit this tent please?

    1:13 am on July 5, 2016
  12. Hi
    I bought a green cango icarus 500 a few years back (2-3 years ago I think). Does anyone know if the current vango icarus awning will fit?

    9:15 pm on May 24, 2016
  13. Hi I’ve got an vango classic 500 in blue from 2016 and in desperate need of a awning but I’ve been reliably informed I can only get a canopy in this colour to go with it, can anyone suggest something that would be compatible?

    10:46 am on May 23, 2016
  14. Hi I’ve an Outwell Hartford XL, impossible to find a porch extension for it. Was wondering would the Vango Woburn 500 awning do the same job…any help appreciated

    11:34 pm on May 19, 2016
  15. I’m looking for a HI GEAR CORADO 6 canopy or a compatable one as I want to extend the space at the front of the tent can anyone help please

    2:34 pm on May 19, 2016
  16. Hi, i have a HIGEAR Rock 5 – which canopy would you recommend please?

    10:04 pm on May 8, 2016
  17. Hi I am looking for a front extention for an Arpanaz family 5.2 ( Quechua tent Can you help

    9:55 pm on April 29, 2016
    • Hi Kathleen,
      Looking at the Decathlon website, I see that the front of the tent is 200cm high, and the width is 370 cm. Correct?
      Just putting that into our search tool, this came up with matching the dimensions:
      Though the dimensions might fit, I’m not sure if it would fit seamlessly onto your tent. If this extension is of interest, I recommend visiting a camping store where they have it on display so you can see how you could make it attach to the front of your tent.

      9:01 am on May 3, 2016
  18. Good evening , I have a Vango Colorado 800 DLX and im trying to find a front porch extension but cant seem to find anything . Is there another brand that might fit

    7:47 pm on April 23, 2016
  19. Hi looking at outwell Michigan l can you tell me an extension that would fit this please.

    5:02 pm on April 17, 2016
  20. I have the Black Pine freestander, 4 person turbo. Can you help me find an extension?

    2:25 pm on February 13, 2016
  21. Any idea what may be compatible for the Vango Tigris 600?

    4:27 pm on September 13, 2015
  22. I have a Vango Kasari 600 tent and cannot find a porch/extension for it anywhere. Can anyone help. It is a blue canopy tent….thanks Adam

    5:29 pm on August 29, 2015
  23. thanks for these suggestions!
    We have a Outwell Wolf Lake 7 end since Outwell doesn’t makethe side extensions anymore we cannot find a suitable one.
    Can you please help us finding one for our tent?

    4:16 pm on August 27, 2015
  24. hi everyone does anyone know where i can get a canopy to fit my cabanon athena tent as i have looked every where there are very very rare and the ones i do find are well overpriced pulling my hair out please help even if i could find the dimensions for the original canopy that would really help.many thaks

    4:41 pm on August 6, 2015
    • I doubt a regular tent extension would fit too well. Not without looking a little odd that is.
      Have you thought about using a camping tarp kit to create some additional shelter?

      6:13 pm on August 7, 2015
      • hi gav thanks for the i have not tried the kits but will look i am now trying to find the dimensions for my canopy as i hve found some where who can make at a good price.also will follow your website with pleasure as it has a lot of cracking ideas and advice many thanks darren

        11:42 am on August 9, 2015
  25. hi does anyone where i could get a canopy that would fit a cabanon athena canvas tent as the original ones are very rare and when we do find one they veryvery expensive pulling my hair out please help

    2:51 pm on August 6, 2015
  26. Please help. which is the best porch to fit the blue gobi 4?

    6:23 pm on August 2, 2015
  27. Hi, would the Hi Gear Voyager 6 Elite porch fit the older blue Voyager 6? I don’t mind about the colour but the fit!! Thanks

    5:03 pm on July 26, 2015
  28. Hi, I have a Vango Kirby 500 and would like to find a compatible awning if you have any suggestions?

    12:37 pm on July 24, 2015
  29. Help! I need a porch or awning to fit a hi gear voyager 4. Any suggestions please?

    9:16 pm on July 15, 2015
    • Is that the blue Hi Gear Voyager 4?

      If I’ve got the info right, it’s about 205cm high and 310cm wide.

      Unfortunately I couldn’t find a good match.

      I think your best option is to go for a tarp kit. If you shop around you should be able to get a blue Vango Adventure Tarp that provides some shelter or try one of the other neutral coloured tarps (shown above).

      7:06 pm on July 16, 2015
  30. Hi
    We have a kirby 400 and we would like to know which side canopy will fit

    1:16 am on July 13, 2015
  31. Does anyone know where I can get a canopy extension for a hi gear rock 4 tent, or another make that will fit.
    Apparently discontinued……..

    11:15 pm on July 7, 2015
  32. Hi all I am looking for an icrus 500 front extention but it’s the old one as my tent is 4 years old, I have been told by a tools that it is discontinued but will the new ones fit or are they difrence ?

    12:53 am on July 2, 2015
    • The Icarus is now an AirBeam. I’m not sure the current Vango extensions will fit a four year old model.
      Have you looked at using a camping tarp to extend your tent?

      10:02 pm on July 8, 2015
  33. hi I cant seem to find a BLUE VANGO ICARUS 600 SIDE EXTENSION . Do u have any suggestions please??

    11:15 am on June 23, 2015
  34. Can someone please help !!!, I am looking for an extension that fits my Coleman waterfall 5 deluxe tent.

    11:44 am on June 14, 2015
  35. Hi can anyone help , i have a Mojave 5 tent and in need of the extension or a compatible model ? Many thanks Melanie

    7:10 am on June 8, 2015
    • Hi – I’m also looking for a Hi Gear Mojave 5 extension. I have heard that the Hi Gear Voyager 6 porch *may* be a decent fit but haven’t seen any pictures. Has anyone here got personal experience of this combination ?

      2:36 pm on June 11, 2015
  36. Hi can you get a canopy for a gobi 4 elite tent

    3:14 pm on May 10, 2015
  37. What canopy or front porch can i attach to the icarus 600? I want something for the front of the tent to cook outside in wet weather, please help?

    6:53 pm on April 27, 2015
  38. Hello, I have a Coleman Coastline 6 man tent and would love a side porch. Do you have any Idea which one would fit my tent?
    Many thanks

    6:58 am on April 22, 2015
    • Hi Lyndsey,

      Yes. We used to use the Coleman Coastline 6 and the side porch that fits is the Coleman Classic Side Canopy

      Unfortunately these appear to be out of stock at the moment.

      Something like the Hi Gear Kalahari Elite should fit. This would give you an enclosed porch, unlike the Coleman one. The colour doesn’t match though.

      An alternative would be to get a neutral coloured tarp. You could put one half over the top of your tent by the side door, and then use poles to create a sheltered opening.

      Hope that helps.


      8:12 am on April 22, 2015
  39. will the vango excel side awning large fit onto the icarrus 600?

    3:34 pm on March 10, 2015
    • Hi Martyn,

      Generally yes – though double check the dimensions of your Icarus 600 for the year your model was introduced.

      The latest Vango Excel Side Awning is 212cm high. This may be just a cm or two higher than your Icarus, but that shouldn’t matter as you can pull the covering material of the awning over the top of your tent.

      The problem with a side extension on the Icarus 600 is that the side door is quite close to the front of the tent. Normally the Excel Side Awning would line up to the tent either side of the side door, but that won’t be possible on the Icarus, so you’ll have to line one side up right where the tent pole is next to the side door.

      I’m sure it can be made to work, but it will mean taking a bit more care to the line the awning up correctly when pitching.

      Last year Sarah found out from Vango that the Isis 600 Enclosed Canopy and the Lamont 600 canopy would fit the Icarus 600.

      I believe the Isis 600 has now been renamed to the Iris 600.

      Again, please check the dimensions of your Icarus 600, but you may find that this extension is exactly the right size.

      Hope that helps.

      8:26 am on March 11, 2015
  40. Please help! I’m desperate for a canopy/awning did my second hand Vango Vista 800. I know there wasn’t one specifically made for this tent and a Tigeis is supposed to be a good fit but having trouble finding one! Are you aware of any, other branded, add ons that would do the job? Been looking at the Colman Coastline canopy but not sure if it’s tall enough? Any advice would be greatly received 🙂

    7:51 pm on March 7, 2015
    • Hi Ellen,

      The Coleman Coastline Classic Side Canopy is about 25cm shorter than the top of your Vango Vista 800, however, the part of the canopy that goes over the tent could easily cover over that distance.

      An alternative could be the Vango Excel Side Awning You can get either a small or larger version of his awning, and it has a closed front. Again, slightly smaller than the very top of your tent, but only by 13 cm and there should be enough material to cover.

      Go Outdoors are doing a blue Vango Anteus awning if you have the blue Vango Vista.

      Hope that’s of some help.


      8:00 am on March 9, 2015
  41. hi we have a vango icarus 500 2014 and cannot find a tunnel of extension for love nor money! Anyone know if another vango extension will fit?

    4:51 pm on February 10, 2015
  42. Hi, I’ve been trying to find a front Canopy for my Glendale 7 ( Outwell ). There is a side canopy for my tent, but i want it for the front. I used a Coleman classic awning last year for 2 trips, but it was more than usless. Couldn’t cope with the slightest breeze, let alone wind. I’m lost now…………..Can’t seem to find anything. Hopefully i’m missing something, and you can point me in the right direction.
    Many thanks………………..trevor

    9:47 pm on February 6, 2015
    • Hi Trevor,
      Yeah, finding an extension from another brand to work as a front canopy can be really difficult.
      Have you thought about using a tarp shelter? That’s what we did all last year.

      7:26 pm on February 7, 2015
  43. Hi – we have the same problem – we have an Outwell Nevada and desperately looking for something to create a space for wet gear and to protect the doorway from the rain. I have looked and looked and come to the conclusion the only way to go is a Vango Tarpaulin – Outwell don’t do a small side extension and all the others are so expensive. The Vango Tarpaulin is not expensive – I am hoping it will do the job as going camping in the Lake District!

    9:34 am on August 27, 2014
  44. Hi All,
    We have a Outwell by Vacanza Montreal 400 tent. I would love to purchase a extension, side or front to give us a bit more room for our kit on rainy days. I am aware that there isn’t one that is manufactured by Outwell but does anyone know what would fit? Has anyone extended this type of tent in anyway? Any suggestions will be appreciated. I have read the helpful page on finding extensions on this site, however I am still worried about getting it wrong. Especially as the extensions seem to cost more than the tent itself. Thanks for all your help in advance. Regards Linda

    11:19 pm on August 25, 2014
  45. Does anyone know of a polycotton universal side awning? Thanks

    7:36 pm on August 25, 2014
  46. We have a hi gear rock 5 tent, would like an enclosed end porch/ awning in blue as tent is blue, any suggestions plz

    7:52 pm on August 20, 2014

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