Frequently Asked Questions

What is the glawning made from?

100% cotton canvas, 350gsm, natural, waterproof, fire-retardant, and mildew resistant.

Is it easy to care for?

Yes! …and you will receive care instructions with your glawning. A properly cared for glawning has the potential to last you for years. You can read more about caring for your glawning: here.

Is it waterproof? Will I need to re-proof it?

Yes, glawnings are waterproof! Cotton is naturally waterproof but you can speed-up the natural weatherproofing offered by canvas by weathering your glawning when you first receive it. You can read more info and instructions: here. To keep it in tip-top condition we recommend reproofing your glawning once a year or more (depending on how much use it gets). You can either go to a professional tent waterproofing company for this, if you’re feeling fancy, or carry out an easy DIY job… read our blog: 'Reproofing a Canvas Tent: When, Why, and How?'

Does it stay up well in windy weather?

Yes! It does a great job! We’ve had ours up in the foulest of weathers and it’s no stranger to gale-force winds in which it did us proud. The heavy-duty metal pegs anchored at 12 points and tensioned on one central pole makes for a very sturdy fixture that ain’t goin’ nowhere! (Ask other glawning owners too – don’t just take our word for it!) Of course, it is still just a humble tent so there are limits to the weather conditions it's able to withstand. Please exercise caution and in extreme wind it is advisable to take the glawning down to protect it from damage.

What weight is the glawning?

Weights of all our products are found in the individual product specs on our website shop. The weight of the 4m glawning packed up including all pegs and poles is 36kg, the 5m is 54kg.

What is the glawning footprint when it is up?

The connection canopy section adds an extra 135cm on the side of the tent, and the tent part is 500cm across for the 5m and 400cm for the 4m. Then you have the guy ropes going out at 12 points and the dimensions of your van of course. So, for the 5m you need at least 7m plus the width of your van across the front, and 7m back, to fit it in comfortably, and a metre less for the 4m but it’s difficult to give an exact footprint because the guy ropes can be lengthened and shortened as desired so it’s adaptable if necessary.

We also sell reducer poles so the guy lines can run even shorter! Find our reducer poles: here.

You can view product specs for the 4m here and the 5m: here.

Do you fit the flashing kit to the tent for me?

No; as everyone has their own preference for where they want the chimney to be, we let you cut the hole for yourself. Don’t worry – it’s a lot easier than it sounds and full instructions are provided! You can view the stove care and flashing kit instructions: here.

For more advice on installing the flashing kit, read our blog: here.

Will campsites allow me to bring a big bell tent awning and have a woodburner in a tent?

We haven’t yet had a problem pitching at campsites with the van, glawning, and wood-burner. A lot of the campsites we go to are quite laid back and don’t seem to have a ‘standard sized pitch’ so it will depend on the campsite you pick. To see our growing list of campsites that welcome glawnings & wood-burners, click: here!

Can I sleep in the glawning with the woodburner lit?

While wood-burners are totally safe, for health and safety reasons we must officially recommend that you extinguish fires before sleeping in your glawning. Also, fit a carbon monoxide detector in your glawning for peace of mind too.

Is there anywhere I can see a glawning up?

Yes! Come and visit us at a show or at our home in North Yorkshire where you can give us a call to book a visit… we’d love to meet you! For our list of shows, click: here. To come at see us at home, email us at or give us a call on 01423 787008.

Does the glawning attach to any van?

Pretty much! If your vehicle has an awning rail or gutter rail chances are it will attach. They even connect to 4x4s such as Defenders and small caravans such as Eriba Pucks. If you have a high-top van we have introduced a high-top glawning especially for you: here! There's lots more information about connecting a glawning to your van: here.

How does a glawning attach to a van?

This depends on what sort of van you have. On some vans the canopy will slide straight into the existing awning rail via the 6mm beading; some vans work best with a figure of eight connector; some vans need a universal pole and clamp. We sell most of the attachments required and there's lots more information and instructional videos: here.

Is the glawning a driveaway awning?

Yes! To drive away, just unhitch from whatever connector you’re using with your van and either leave the canopy hanging or remove it and store it inside your glawning. It works perfectly as a standalone two-door bell tent when it’s not being an awning – so it’s very handy for garden parties, kids’ sleepovers etc. too.

How many people can sleep in a 4m and 5m glawning?

We reckon the 4m glawning comfortably sleeps 4 adults and the 5m comfortably sleeps 6 adults. This will depend, though, on how much stuff you like to bring along, what kind of beds you use, and how big your humans are!

How will I clean my glawning if it gets mud on it?

Our top tip is to let the mud dry and brush it off. If this doesn’t work you can use some water alone or water with a little bit of something like Nikwax Tech Wash, for example.

For more info on canvas care, click: here.

Does the glawning have to be dry to store it?

Yes, please! Just like any canvas tent or awning it will need to be dry before storing for any length of time to prevent mould. If packing away dry isn’t possible then let it dry at home – this can be done fairly easily, for example, by hanging it over a dining room table.

How long does the glawning take to put up?

With practice, it can be done by one person in around twenty minutes. We recommend allowing longer for the first few times until you become absolute glawning wiz! To see a video of James (Mr Glawning) putting one up on his own in 10 minutes, click: here!

Can the glawning be fitted to a van that has its door on the right or left hand side of the vehicle?

Yes! One of our favourite features is that the glawning can be fitted to either side of a vehicle and still have one door facing forwards because the two glawning doors are identical and the canopy can attach to either of them – pretty smart if we do say so ourselves!

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