GT Home Van: Inflatable awning for vans & small caravans
GT Home Van is the perfect inflatable awning for VW bus, van & small caravans. A spacious inner space, a small pack-size, unbeatable low weight, two docking possibilities, easy and fast building and dismantling – this are the main reasons why the GT Home Van is one of our most popular products.
The GT Home Van is the ideal freestanding awning for the Calfornia, Marco Polo, T4/5/6 or smaller caravans like the Eriba Touring – or any vehicle with an internal width of 360cm. Thanks to the innovative air tent technology, the GT Home Van is very spacious and provides a fantastic interior space without sloping corners.
The front part of the GT Home Van comes with a door and can be rolled up completely. Those who like it, can also use the entire front as an extra canopy by fixing it with the GT Telescopic Poles.
The high-quality tencate – material and the spacious window and ventilation openings help to provide a pleasant indoor climate.
When it comes to severe weather, loops in the front part of the tent, enable an excellent anchoring by means of a storm band. Overpressure valves serve to protect the tubes from high temperatures.
The 2 docking options of the GT Home Van
Usually the GT Home Van is connected with the side of the vehicle. Due to the construction of the tent, the sliding door as well as the passenger door can be opened from inside the tent, when it is connected to the side of the car. Being placed at the side of the vehicle, the tent can be connected to the car via the car-connections that is either zipped in in the marquee or the piping rail.
Alternatively the partly rolled up frontern part of the GT Home Van can be placed at the vehicle´s rear (the part that can be rolled up has a width of 190 cm). When placed like this, the rear tailgate of the vehicle can be opened.
The car-connection is produced out of light cordura and constitutes a fix connection of vehicle and awning, when the awning is fixed sideways. It is sewn to the awning along the back tube of the awning and consists of 3 parts: one upper and two lateral parts. The two lateral parts are fitted with dirt strips at the bottom and are tensioned over the vehicle or towards the ground with a rubber rope. The upper part of the car-connection comes with a a zipper at its end where either the back wall or the awning piping can be zipped in.
The car connection variant with windscreen protection, which serves to seal the sloping area of the windscreen of buses, is sewn to the zippable piping, which is additionally attached to the side with a zipper.
Depending on how the vehicle is connected to the awning, the car connection is mounted to the piping rail or is placed on the marquee and tautened downwards.
By default the awning piping comes in 7,5 mm size and with windscreen protection. If required the awning piping in the size of 5,5 mm and 8,5 mm can be ordered.
Benefits of the inflatable bus-awning
Go shopping and leave the awning behind? No problem.
Small weight and small pack size.
Sliding door as well as the passenger door can be opened.
Being set up in 5-10 minutes, the awning can also be assembled alone.
Even tall people can stand upright in the spacious tent.
The tent comes with loops to fix the tent in case of strong wind , no water-bags are needed.
Connect the tent laterally or with the rear of the vehicle.
Overpressure valves prevent the tubes from bursting at high temperatures
Additionally, we recommend buying:
- The electrical GT Masterpump (230V) or the GT Electrical Pump Big (12V)
- The inflatable GT Seal Tube as wind protection for the vehicle underside.
- 2 Telescopic Poles to build a sunroof
- Inflatable furniture such as the GT Air Sofa 1, GT Air Sofa 2 or the GT Air Sofa 3
FAQ about the bus-awning GT Home Van
Set-up & dismantling
The set-up of the GT Home Van in 10 steps
- Unpack and unfold the tent
- Check the valves (all valves have to be closed when inflating the tent!)
- Connect the air pump via the adapter and start inflating the tubes (the tubes require a pressure of 0,2-0,3 bar)
- Help with the inflation of the awning
- Inflate and fix the three tubes in the roof area
- Put the awning piping of the tent into the piping rail (if there is one)
- Place the awning in front of the vehicle and zip the awning piping into the car connection
- Fix the car-connection to the ground on the sides and fix the windshield triangle
- Use tent pegs to fix the tent to the ground with the 6 loops (3 on each side)
- In windy conditions, additionally fix the awnings with guy ropes.
The dismantling of the GT Home Van
Is the GT Home Van winterproof?
The GT Home Van is not a classical winter-awning with an especially high roof load. It is possible to use the awning during winter, snow has to be removed from its roof regularly, though. The big advantage of the tent when used during winter, is the breathable material, which transports moisture from the inside to outside of the tent.
About the GT Home Van bus awning
Changes in the life of the GT Home Van
The GT Home Van is considered a classic by GentleTent. Each generation brought small changes in the built-in zippers, the size or shape of the windows & doors, the depth and/or attachment of the car connection. New in the latest generation is the side opening, which can be used as an additional door or large window, the curves and size of the windows, the storage pockets for the curtains, the significantly larger pannier bag and the material change of the outer tube from Cordura to Double Ripstop. With these changes, the latest GT Home Van has also becomes approximately 4kg heavier, but even more comfortable, and the various awning piping variants are still available on request.
To make it a little easier for us, we defined a standard awning piping size of 7.5mm, where the windscreen triangle in included.