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Vehicle Awnings Sun Canopies For Campervans and other Vehicles with Gutters / Rails

PRODUCTION SCHEDULE FOR MARCH / APRIL 2018. Apologies all, but I will unfortunately be unable to do any sewing from next week until probably end of April/early May due to a neck operation and recuperation. We will still be taking calls, answering enquiries and taking orders for those of you who are happy to wait until the sewing machines whirl into action again! Will keep you posted on developments.


A Brief History By - Owner

Before embarking on our summer 2006 tour of Devon & Cornwall, we spent ages searching for a top quality, lightweight and shower proof sun canopy / campervan awning for our T2 VW bus, but nothing out there matched our requirements. So, always wanting to take on a challenge and test our grey matter, we set out to design and make our own. After several prototypes and some R&D in the wilds of Yorkshire, we finally settled on a design that we aptly named The Bus Shelter™.

Following numerous compliments and enquiries from fellow v-dubbers during our trip, we can now offer this cool and easy to use campervan sun canopy to you.

Unlike similar, but inferior (Chinese-made) camper van awnings / sun canopies on the market, our custom made caravanette / 4x4 / camper awning is available in a selection of eight cool colours to match your paintwork!  As everything we make is a one-off (unless you require one of each!), we are more than happy to offer you custom-sizes and design changes.

The Bus Shelter™ was originally designed to fit Volkswagen Split Screen Type 1’s (VW T1), Type 2 (VW T2) Bay Window, and Type 25 (T25) campers, but we can now make our campervan awnings / sun canopies to fit VW T4’s, VW T5’s, and a variety of other leisure vehicles, such as the Mazda Bongo, and Eriba caravans, as long as your vehicle has a gutter or rail. You even have the choice of how it attaches to your vehicle - either using the Pole and Clamp method, Figure 8 Channel or Multi-Rail (Reimo) attachment. For more details please click on the FAQ page.

The Bus Shelter™  in action
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Tailgate Awning for VW Campers - NEW

Our new Tailgate Awning is designed to fit Split Screens and Type 2’s by using a devilishly simple webbing strap, which is attached to the air intakes on the Bus. Just like its big brother, the Tailgate Awning can be configured in a variety of ways and can be used with the tailgate open or closed. Available in our full range of colours and costing only £80 plus £15.00 p&p. Please contact us by phone to order (on-line ordering has yet to be implemented for this item).

The Bus Shelter™ Tailgate Awning in action
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What does it comprise of?

The Bus Shelter™ Tailgate Awning comprises of:-

  • 1 x shower proof nylon canopy measuring 2.4m (7ft 10”) in length, 1.17m (3ft 10”)wide at Bus end with width increasing to 1.55m (5ft)
  • 2 x 3-piece adjustable steel upright poles  - extendable from 1.83m to 2.15m / 6ft to 7ft 1”
  • 4 x adjustable guy lines
  • 4 x 9" steel pegs (please note that these may not be suitable for certain ground conditions that may be encountered)
  • 1 x nylon accessories bag for the pegs and guy lines
  • 1 x nylon pole bag
  • 1 x nylon holdall

Total weight approx 3.3kg

Length in holdall - 90cm / 3ft approx

Who are we?

We are a small business called Original Lizard and have been designing and manufacturing skydiving clothing and equipment and fleece winter headgear since 1992.  Consequently, we had all the relevant equipment and materials already in place to produce these top quality awnings. The Bus Shelter™ is hand crafted with care in our workshop in Yorkshire from components sourced in the UK.

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