What car camping gear to take with you?

Car camping essentials

Car camping cooking stoves & sink/hob combo


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Storage nets for car camping

…because there’s never enough storage space 🙂

Car camping essential gear

Car – SUV tents & awnings

Extend your living room + shaded area

My top picks (see full review here)

MY TOP MPV/minivan tailgate PICK – VAUDE – Drive Trunk – Motorhome awning

MY TOP MPV/minivan tailgate PICK: VAUDE – Drive Trunk – Motorhome awning

Lukas Cech – Nimblecamper.com

vaude drive trunk motorhome awning
Very light, inexpensive and will fit any MPV / minivan with a tailgate (Berlingo & similar, Sharan, Caddy etc). Easily add 2-2.7 meters of living space to your car, use it as a tent for privacy or just as an awning for shade.
– length 200-275cm x height 190-210cm
– front door has a built in window & mosquito net
– small to carry around – Packed dimensions: 45 x 20 cm
– weight only 2.2kg
– waterproof (3,000 mm)
– Vaude is a strong brand amongst tent manufacturers
– doesn’t need a rail to be attached
– one of the lowest prices out there
– NOTE – doesn’t come with floor sheet

160 GBP / 180 EUR

Also avalable on berfgreunde.eu for the EU market.



MY TOP BUDGET PICK – Decathlon Arpenaz Base M

Lukas Cech – Nimblecamper.com

arpenaz base M
If you don’t mind it’s not meant to be used as a car tent – but it actually can do the job pretty well, you’re in for a treat – at only 99 GBP / 99 EUR (yep, cheaper in EU), you will get a pretty good tailgate tent – or a side door tent, you can make it fit both. Better for cars like Caddy, Berlingo, Shara etc – with lower height compared to a Multivan (as most car awnings are made for those). Confirmed to fit a Berlingo & Kangoo (see images below).
– Very cheap!!
– Height : 2.15 m | Floor area: 6.25 m2 | Comfortable for 6 people
– Openings on 3 sides | 3 mosquito nets
– Waterproof (200L per hour per m2)
– Packed size – rectangular cover | 57 x 18 cm | 18 litres
– Weight 8kg
– Easy set-up with a free-standing structure | Fibreglass poles
– The fabric filters UV radiation with a UPF of 30
– Withstands force 6 winds – around 50 km/h | Wind tunnel test
– doesn’t need a rail to be attached
– will not fit exactly as it’s not meant to be used with a car, but should do the trick – the opening is high enough for the tailgate + the sheet will protect from rain.

99 GBP / 99 EUR

Available at any Decathlon website for your country.
I recommend buying this foldable table + 4 chairs too – good ratings, price and takes up almost no space.


MY TOP VERSATILE PICK – Vango Tailgate Hub Low Drive Away Awning | 2021 (rear)

Lukas Cech – Nimblecamper.com

vango tailgate hub low awning
This is a great awning/tent combo – it does all you want it to, you can use it as a tent or lift the walls to have an awning with columns – all at a great price – not that much more compared to cheap Alibaba options, but Vango is a strong name in tents.
– Kador Adjustable Attaching Height: 180cm – 210cm – fits Citroen Berlingo, VWCaddy according to the website, so should fit all similar cars too
– Walls are removable – it’s a tent or a shelter 🙂
– Diamond Clear Windows – big windows to maximise light and visibility to provide a bright and airy environment
– Drive-away – and leave the tent in place if you need to pop to the shop
– Also works on cars with barn (double) rear doors
– Weight 11kg – pretty light for it’s size!
– Mesh Front Door – Fitted with internal mesh fly screen for bug-free ventilation
– Tunnel Adjustment Strap – Helps collect any excess material and creates a neater looking tunnel and a tighter fit to the vehicle
– Vango is a strong brand amongst tent manufacturers
– doesn’t need a rail to be attached

315 GBP / 362 EUR


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