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Attaching a Glawning

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.

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.

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!

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.

The glawning is very straightforward to put up. You can see an instructional video here

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!

Using the Glawning

The connecting 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. 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 both size Glawnings on the product page here.

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

5m GlawningLITE: 25kg

4m GlawningLITE: 29g

Packed up size: 115x34x34cm

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?'

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.

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!

Using a Woodburning Stove

On the glawningLITE there is a fireproof prefitted stove jack.

On the original cotton canvas glawnings 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.

Heads up! Although our flashing kits are able to take heats of up to 300 degrees it is not advisable to burn your stove so hot that the flue gets to this temperature for prolonged periods of time unless you have a double wall flue as it will decrease the life span of the silicone and you may end up having to replace it sooner.  We strongly advise that you invest in a Stove Pipe Thermometer of some kind like the one pictured to put on the flue near the flashing kit to give yourself a gauge of how hot it is getting near the flashing so you can keep it at optimum temperature (below 300 degrees).

Also don't forget to trim your flashing kit using these instructions before use of a larger flued stove such as the Vista.  The flue edges can be sharp so when inserting the flue into the flashing kit be careful not to snag the rubber.

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.

Our polycotton glawningLITES are fitted with a fire-retardant stove jack and the rest of the tent is not fire retardant.

Our cotton canvas glawnings are all fire retardant and have been treated with PROBAN® prior to manufacture. Pre-treating the canvas before manufacturing the tent ensures that the PROBAN ® polymer is embedded into the body of the canvas fibres so the treatment can last the life of the tent.  Adding Proban during the initial weaving process means that the fireproofing treatment will not degrade over time. It won't wash off with rain or wear out with UV.  Our glawnings have always complied to the British Standards Institution BS7837 'cigarette test'. BS 7837:1996 is the specification used to gauge the flammability performance of textiles that are used in the construction of marquees and similar textile structures. More recently our tents have also been certified with CPAI-84, the more rigorous Canvas Products Association International version of the ISO6941.


Caring for a Glawning

Our original canvas glawnings are 100% cotton canvas, 350gsm, natural, waterproof, fire-retardant, and mildew resistant. All poles are galvanized steel, copper-zinc coated. There is 40gsm white bug mesh on both doors and windows. Galvanized steel rebar peg set included.

Our new edition glawningLITEsare made from polycotton (200gsm, organic, waterproof, mildew resistant) with aluminium poles and superlite stakes.

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.

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.

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, erecting it in your garden with the stove lit inside, draping it in the garage etc.

I've got more Questions!

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.

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!