Win a sheltaPod driveaway awning

Win an amazing sheltaPod worth £265 in our latest competition. It’s easy to enter and you could be driving off for your summer holidays with a multipurpose shelter that’s awning, sun canopy and half-dome tent you can sleep in, all rolled into one.


“sheltaPod is the most versatile and cool campervan awning around,” says Julie Ritson, who used to wield a news camera and is now the successful inventor and entrepreneur behind sheltaPod.

“Campervan awnings are traditionally a tunnel tent style that attaches to the side of the van. But for many campers they can be hard work to set up and bulky to carry around” says Julie. “They take up too much space, especially in a small campervan.

“When I bought my first campervan, I quickly learnt that big bulky awnings blocked my views and took too long to pitch if I was only camping for one or two nights. But I needed some outside shelter for cooking/dining, an extra bedroom for family and friends and storage space. When I couldn’t find what I wanted, I bought some waterproof material, got out my mum’s old sewing machine and made the first prototype in my bedroom. That early prototype gave birth to several factory prototypes. A year later sheltaPod was born.”

sheltaPod is unique because it works like a concertina to become a simple sunshade to a full half-dome tent. The outer flysheet provides a sheltered area for cooking and eating, then a separate inner tent can clip in for extra sleeping space. If you just want storage without using the inner tent, there’s a separate front panel with zip for easy access and a separate groundsheet. Included in the bag is the inner tent with integrated ground sheet, front door panel, side ‘privacy’ panels, separate groundsheet for the rainfly and two window shades.

And all of that comes in a bag just 88x24x22 with a weight of 11.2kg.

“I think the cool shape, bright colours and big skylight windows is what makes sheltaPod really standout from the crowd,” adds Julie. “We have customers attaching sheltaPod to teardrop caravans, trailers in the USA, tuk tuks in Sri Lanka, Jeeps and even Mini Coopers,” says Julie.

For more about sheltaPod, visit

Enter our competition to win a sheltaPod

What a great prize – a cool grey sheltaPod just in time for your summer camping trips. What’s more, the pod has been so successful that they’re now only available for pre-order with delivery dates of July this year and spring next year. So…this is your chance to snap one up for free.

How to enter

  1. Have a look around at our other articles here on Campfire Mag and tell us in a few words which you found most useful and why.
  2. Send us an email
  3. Closing date: July 6. Only UK entrants, I’m afraid.
  4. And that’s all…easy-peasy.

Good luck and happy camping!

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  1. Alex Unsted

    Your article ‘Ditching the kitchen’ was so informative and made us choose a vw beach. We love our campervan and not having a kitchen in it has given us so much more room for other equipment and the dog. Would love a ‘sheltapod’ as we have tried an inflatable vango driveway awning, too big for us and ages to put up, and a hub but sold them.

    Love your articles.


  2. Kirstie smith

    I really liked the articles, they give a whole host of ideas. My favourite has to be the mesh I’ve windows orvthe skylight to keep insects out. Living in Scotland this could prove a useful tool in the fight against the dreaded midge

  3. Thank you for the Tasty cheats – super easy camping food article. I’m always looking out for new and easy food to have in the van. I think a shelter pod is a great awning. Attracted to how quick and easy to put up.

  4. Tracey Oakley

    The driveway awning article is the most comprehensive and informative I have read. This would have saved me a lot of money as am now on my third awning and still not sure. The sheltapod looks like the best bits of the 3 that I have!!!

  5. Matthew Andrews

    Sheltapod competition – really enjoyed the VW California Beach article as I’m currently weighing whether to go for one or the Ocean. The article has definitely swung me towards the cheaper option!

  6. Sheltapod Comp :- I found the Buying your own wood for camping article especially interesting giving a different slant on how to approach camping. It offered a way of wild camping in your own domain.

  7. Elizabeth Hayward

    Sheltapod comp- I loved your article about car camping as I have a Berlingo with bootjump but the main draw of your article was that it led me to linked articles such as tarp buying and essential accessories – I lost myself in a world of camping(perfect escapism!)

  8. Best for me was the article on best campsites as it takes a lit of time to plan and travel only to be very disappointed on arrival. Don’t like being hemmed or packed in value personal space.

  9. Gemma Stephenson

    The shelter is so versatile. Great for family day trips or adventures over night.
    Easy to put up as having 2 little ones and a fiddly tent is a nightmare.
    This is the answer to making adventures fun and not a chore 🚙

  10. Suzie Duffin

    Seeing as we aren’t going away to Vantastival at the start of June I just had to have a nosy at the recipe part! Myself and 3 kids- it’s sometimes hard to think outside the box for different dishes, even though I love cooking!
    The cheating “roast” potatoes are going to be a definite winner, we all love spuds! I’m going to bring a chunk of chorizo and sone grated cheese to mix in for maximum taste 😍

  11. Sandi Leir-shuffrey

    Sheltapod competition I was especially interested in Camping in North Yorkshire and the Dales having just spent a week there. Your article would have helped me expand my experience and seek out more campsites. This magazine is a great resource thank you

  12. Esler mcmullan

    Can’t afford to buy the mag as in saving to buy a sheltapod to take my wee girl camping.
    ED: There’s no mag to buy. All free and online!

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