Awning & Sun Canopy Care

An awning is a superb and essential accessory to your camping setup. Whether your awning has a porch or has additional sleeping or storage rooms, an awning can create so much more useable space and transform the way you camp.

Therefore to ensure your investment continues to provide you with years of trouble-free camping, here are our top tips for keeping it looking and performing the best for many, many years.

  • When you buy a new awning/sun canopy, or another major camping accessory, always try it out before you go away. This way you can find out at your leisure, the best way to put it up and make sure all parts are there.
  • Try not to put the awning/ sun canopy away wet or even damp. If it is unavoidable, make sure you dry it out as soon as possible. This would be a great opportunity to clean the awning material with a good cleaner such as the Kampa Dometic Awning & Tent cleaner J43659 and let the awning air dry prior to disassembling ready for next time. 
  • Do not pack the poles and pegs with the awning/sun canopy as you run the risk of making holes in the material.
  • If you have gone for the conventional frame tent-style awning, mark up the poles so that you know which goes where.
  • If you have a frame tent-style awning, make sure the material is pegged very tight, otherwise, if it rains water gathers on the roof and causes leaks as well as damaging the poles due to the weight.
  • If you use your awning/sun canopy in windy conditions make sure you use an awning tie-down kit. This is a strong strap that helps to prevent damage. If the weather is heading into gale-force territory, it is advisable to take it down.
  • If you use your awning/sun canopy in windy conditions make sure you use an awning tie-down kit. It is a strong strap that helps to prevent damage. If the weather is gale force, it is advisable to take it down) We offer J30702 which give much greater holding capacity, especially in gusty conditions.
  • Groundsheets can potentially damage campsite pitches and some campsites may prohibit the use of one. However, you may still want to consider using protective plastic sheeting under your awning base. Use the recommended version for your awning, and make sure you check the sizing, anything too large can capture and direct rainwater back into your living/sleeping space.
  • Always pack your awning away with the zips closed, making sure it is clean and mud/dirt free.
  • Most awnings will need to be reproofed at some point in their ownership. You'll know very quickly if your awning requires this! To restore the waterproof properties of your awning, you can use a waterproof spray such as the Kampa Hydrophobic Waterproof spray: J43624