“It's strength is also it's Achilles heel. The quirky design aims to allow you multiple configurations. Nice. However, introduce a spot of wind and Sheltapod becomes a sail. The side panels (although removable) and canopy capture the wind. The space between van and pod become something of a windsock. It's a fair weather piece of kit. I have a med roof Transit which means my awning rail is at about 2.4m height....too high to achieve an apex on the canopy, therefore it puddles up there very quickly and leaks where the pole touches. Driving away then reconnecting at this height is very difficult, but (BUT), Sheltapod comes with straps that you can hurl over the van and peg the other side. Bit of a bodge but it works (until the wind starts again.....suggestion.....fix a couple of strap attachments in the middle of the canopy so you can fix it down the other side and reduce the wind flappage!).
I erected mine single handedly in failing light, watch the videos, it's quite straightforward. Downsides? For fair weather use really (all my poles have bent in the wind...first use and they're £25 each!!! to replace) and not so good with Med high roof. I'm unconvinced by Sheltapod, it takes up a lot of room but doesn't really give you as much space as you'd expect. I look forward to erecting it on top of a Cornish clifftop looking out towards the sunset with the bbq going.... I doubt I'd take it back to Cumbria.”
Thanks for your feedback. With regards to the pooling of water on your canopy, we would recommend that you lower the vertical telescopic poles to create a slope so that the water runs off the canopy.
The poles will take on a slight bend to make the structure of the SheltaPod work but if you feel they need replacing we can send you some replacements - just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also have a clearance on the aluminium poles at the moment so they are half price. Thanks
“Great design with numerous options for how much to "build". Well made. Not the quickest to erect despite practise, especially if windy. Plastic windows collect condensation. Great improvement if there was a zip between the roof panel connecting to the van and the rest of the pod - this would enable the roof panel to form a simple awning as a further option.”
Thanks for taking the time to review, Richard. A new feature was introduced with the 2020 model so now there is a zip-close front to replace the clip in front door panel. If you haven't seen it already, you may find our set up video helpfull: https://youtu.be/Sv-fOk9VdRo
“Everything good out of box. Wife impressed, she was dubious at first as not a normal motorhome awning. Only part requiring extra effort is the fitting of poles through awning a bending to give initial shape, though once done a few times is easier! Bought this due to fact it can be utilised for other vehicles through different fitting options. Also looks different to all other awnings etc out there, which i like. I considered it good value for money before i bought it & i still feel the same. All in all, a great product.”
“Excellent product, delivered bang on time. Easy to put up, but let down slightly by rapid product evolution meaning that some aspects didn't match the instructions. Some manufacturing oversights meant that I had to make some minor modifications in order to get it put up (some crucial eyelets were not fitted, fortunately we had some to hand)”
“A very innovative and useful awning and stand alone tent- I was really surprised. It is easy to put up and the side panels make it a great camping option on its own. With some adaptation it is a good alternative to a heavy awning for trailer tents, one that packs away neatly and has a generous sun canopy section.
I never saw it as a fishing bivvy, but as that is my main hobby I now use it as a stand alone two man luxury tent, or a fishing bivvy, or as an awning for my Conway Cruiser trailer tent.
Only one gripe- the inner tent does not fit in the carry bag easily with everything else! I use a separate bag for that.
Great alternative to the huge headache of a traditional trailer tent awning- my front locker is now less heavy as is an internal locker, with multiple alternative options. For camping and fishing I used two more poles so it is truly stand alone.”
“Lovely, versatile pod. Used as a tent attached to our little Portafold caravan. The only criticism was that the side’s didn’t meet with the edge of the caravan so when the wind rose we had to leave the pod as a separate tent otherwise the material would have been ripped to shreds, (this was at the Great Dorset Steam Fair in August 2018). Sadly not suitable for camping in high winds.”
Thank you for the review. We wouldn't advise leaving the SheltaPod set up in very high winds. It has been tested in 50mph winds but if it looks like it might be damaged then detaching it is a good idea. Hope you have otherwise enjoyed camping with SheltaPod :)
Hi Steve, we have some accessories available on the website here - https://sheltapod.com/collections/accessories.
We also have lots of other spare parts in the warehouse so drop us a line at email@example.com if you can't find what you need on the website.
“I've tried a few products to extend the living area of my '81 VW Westy. SheltaPod, is pretty good- a but cumbersome to set up for an overnight stop, and I am still learning. I think good value for money.”
“We enjoy our Pod when camping for several days in one place. For shorter stays, including just a weekend, we’ve found that the effort of putting it up undermines the reason for having a camper i.e. a quick setup. If ever there was an inflatable version, that’d be something we’d very much take an interest in. Overall, SheltaPod remains a great idea and when one of our poles broke on first use we were pleased with the quick response. Thanks”