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Deciding Whether To Include A Multi-Rail In Your Camper Conversio

Added: 11 August 2021

Converting VW vans into camper vans is very trendy here in the UK and an increasing number of people are wanting to travel and explore the world in their very own camper van. Thankfully, when it comes to camper conversions these days, you really can transform a simple van into a luxury camper that is able to fulfil all of your requirements and you won’t have to compromise when planning your camper conversion. 

Often, VW van owners will spend a long time considering the big conversion options, such as whether they’re like a pop-top roof conversion, and the smaller decisions can be overlooked. Whenever you’re planning a camper conversion, you should always take some time to think about whether you’d like things like active rails and roof carrying systems. One camper van conversion option that always deserves some thought is whether you’d like a multi-rail for drive-away awnings and below we have put together some useful information in this regard. 

What is a multi-rail for drive-away awnings?

As the name suggests, a multi-rail is a small rail that will attach to your van, often on the passenger side where your main door is. This rail is specifically designed to allow you to attach an awning or a canopy to your camper van whilst you’re staying on a campsite. Installing a multi-rail is one of the easiest camper conversion options available. 

What are the benefits of installing a multi-rail?

There are lots of different reasons why people decide to install multi-rails when they’re converting their WV van into a camper and there are multiple benefits to being able to put up a driveaway awning when you’re travelling. Some of the most notable benefits being; 

Double your living space 

When you use a drive-away awning, you will be able to double the amount of living space you have in your camper. Think of the awning as an extension of your van that can be used in so many different ways, from storage space and somewhere to relax to a kids play room or even an additional bedroom. Even if your camper van is fairly spacious, it is always nice to have some more room, especially when you’re camping for a longer period of time. 

Hassle-free to use 

Of course, drive-away awnings are incredibly convenient to use and they can easily be detached from your camper van whenever you want to go out for the day. So, once you have put up your awning, it will stay where it is for the duration of your trip and you can simply detach and reattach it as required. You won’t have the hassle of taking down and putting up the awning every time that you want to drive somewhere in your camper. 

Save your pitch 

Unlike caravans, when you stay on a campsite in your camper and want to go out for the day, there won’t be anything left on your pitch preventing others from parking there. This is where a drive-away awning can be very useful. Not only can you use the awning to store any items that you want to leave on the campsite, but it will also mark your pitch for you whilst you’re away too. Being able to leave the awning will prevent any issues when you return to the campsite. 

Planning a camper conversion in Surrey 

Hopefully, when you’re planning a van conversion, the information above will be beneficial. It is fair to say that all camper van owners have different wants and needs, and there is no right or wrong decision when it comes to multi-rails, it is all down to personal preference. So, take some time to think about the benefits of multi-rails for drive-away awnings and consider whether this rail is worthwhile installing whilst you’re converting your camper van. 

If you’re looking for a company that can assist you with your camper conversion in Surrey, be sure to contact us here at Wessex Vans. We are the go-to specialists for VW van conversions and we will gladly help you transform your van into a bespoke camper that is perfect for you. All of our conversions are carried out to the highest standards by our team of qualified technicians and you can trust that you won’t be disappointed with the finished conversion. We are passionate about making sure our customers leave us with the vehicle of their dreams.

Why Choose Wessex

At Wessex all our conversions are carried out to the highest standards by qualified technicians in a secure fully insured unit. Electrical & gas work comes with safety certification.


Over the years we have listened to our customers needs and developed many of our conversions around their requests. We are passionate about making sure our customers leave us with the vehicle of their dreams rather than compromising as we appreciate how much of a commitment and lifestyle choice it is.

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