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SheltaPod Campervan & Vehicle Awning
The SheltaPod is a campervan and vehicle awning that can be set up as a sun canopy, half dome shelter, 4-person sleeping tent and a drive-away awning. There's nothing quite like SheltaPod's unique design and versatility, and it's a multi-functional piece of kit that can be used with any vehicle (up to a height of 2.8m)
It's lightweight, durable, easy to set up and offers a stress-free 4-in-1
camping solution. Watch the video below for a quick introduction
What is a SheltaPod?
SheltaPod is unique as it can be configured as a
simple sun canopy and a half dome tent. This concertina effect can be done easy
in three stages so the user can decide on how much cover they want. It only
takes a moment to roll up the fabric and fix in place with hooks. There are
extra guy lines to hold it in place.
SheltaPod is not just for Campervans!
SheltaPod can attach to any vehicle up to a height of 2.8m using five
different attachment methods.
(Additional fixings are not included in the bag, what is included is a front
door panel, privacy panels, separate groundsheet for the rainfly, window shades,
all poles pegs and guylines. There are options to buy with or without the inner
- For campervans with multi rails there is the C channel beading strip
- For vans with a gutter rail you can use the pole sleeve method.
- Three velcro straps to attach to roof bars or racks.
- 4 x 5m webbing straps (included) for 'over the top' attachment for any
- There are three gaps in the pole sleeve for attaching suction clamps.
- 75D 190T PU3000hh Polyester, double taped seams
- Integrated windbreaker side panels
- Separate waterproof front panel with zip access for secure storage
- Ventilation flaps
- 2 x curtain shades for skylight windows
- 2 x internal mesh pockets on rainfly
- 2 x Privacy Side Panels
- Separate Rainfly Groundsheet
- Pack size - 99 x 24 x 24cm / 15 x 3.7 x 3.7 in
Sleeping in a SheltaPod
The inner tent has an integrated bath-tub style groundsheet, two doors, one mesh and the other fabric. Both have central zips and tiebacks. It also has two mesh window panels with curtains, one on the top for a view of the stars and the other at the back. This can provide better ventilation in hot climates. It also gives campers a view out when the rainfly is rolled up - the perfect place to sit if there are lots of insects around!
If you sleep inside your vehicle, the front door panel and groundsheet will keep
belongings dry and out of sight.
Use as a Driveaway Awning
SheltaPod can also be used as a drive-away awning so if you want to drive
away for the day and keep your pitch, simply detach the SheltaPod and mark out
the place of your tyres so you can reposition your vehicle and reattach on your
Where can I get them From?
SheltaPod was created in 2015 by Founder, Julie Ritson who had been a keen camper for many years but couldn’t find an awning that was quick and easy to put up single-handed for one or two overnight stays.
Since then SheltaPod has gone from strength to strength, new colours have been introduced and added extras have been included in the bag such as the privacy panels, curtain shades and groundsheet. The blackout canopy was also released and proved to be a popular accessory with customers.
The SheltaPod currently has a Winter sale with up to 25% off, RRP £299, and are available direct from the SheltaPod website
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Read our Review
The SheltaPod is a fantastic piece of kit that will look great against any campervan, from an "Old Skool" VW bus, to a modern campervan. If you don't have a campervan it's not a problem the SheltaPod can attach to any car or vehicle up to a height of 2.8m using five different attachment methods.
The SheltaPod came well packaged, in a good size bag with compression straps - the instructions were sewn into the bag, ensuring they cannot blow away or get lost.
To put the SheltaPod up it is pretty easy with two people, but will take some practice to perfect it and on your own may be a bit of a struggle, but once you have done it a few times you will pick up some tips along the way making it easier.
To start we just attached the SheltaPod canopy to the campervan, this can be done using a figure 8 awning rail, velcro straps to attach to roof bars, or guys over the camper and secured on the other side. There's lots of info and photos on the Sheltapod website about this. We used the velco straps around the roofbars on our T5 which worked well.
It comes with a heavy duty groundsheet to lay under the awning which will protect the floor and and stop the inner tent from getting dirty and importantly from being ripped or holed by anything underneath it.
Once we attached the canopy part, we simply pulled out the SheltaPod and fed the three fibreglass poles through the guides, and attached them to the pins at each side of the awning - this will create the basic shape. Then simply pegged out and guyed to secure it for stronger winds.
It now has shape and you are ready to put the optional bedroom inner if you wish to use that. The inner tent has an integrated bath-tub style groundsheet, two doors, one mesh and the other fabric which will keep you private when inside. It's just a case of pegging the edges out out into the corners of the Sheltapod - then clip it up to the roof using the simple fasteners. It was a bit fiddly to clip that onto the flysheet, but we got there in the end, once we worked out to attach the centre clips first.
The bedroom inner is perfect to sleep in, and should provide great extra sleeping space for the kids, or adults - we'd say it would be better for two, but would fit four in if necessary. Bear in mind there is limited covered space if you've got the inner tent in it takes up all of the awning but you can still sit outside under the sun canopy part.
You have two adjustable upright poles to use between the SheltaPod and your campervan / vehicle and this pushes the material up, which prevents any build up of water and puddling in the event of rain. It comes with two "privacy panels" which you can erect at the sides of the open part under the canopy, meaning you can keep your activities and possessions out of sight.
The SheltaPod is very versatile, being more than just a shelter, use it as tent with a car, or as a campervan awning to create extra living space to escape the rain, an extra bedroom pod or simply use it as a sun shade. To use it as a driveaway it was simple to just undo the velco straps, pull back the canopy and leave the Sheltapod in place on our pitch whilst we went out for the day.
At the end of our break, it all came down very easily, and we were very grateful to find the bag was a decent size - unlike some awnings /tents, we got it all back in with no problem!
This is a great summer addition to the kit and I am looking forward to using it more over the summer months at festivals and sites.
The SheltaPod might not be the perfect awning in every sense, but it's pretty good at most things, and without doubt it's definitely one of the coolest - if you want to stand out on site you will, it's like a spaceship has landed next to your campervan or car. Fab, we love it ! Don't forget to watch out timelapse video of it going up!
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