Awning designs for touring vehicles continue to evolve and now provide various options depending on your requirements.They have become a key piece of touring equipment for 4WD campers all over the world. They are simple to attach to your vehicle, all you need is either a roof rack or roof bars with attaching mounts and when fitted you will have easy access to instant shelter from both the sun and the rain. As product designers and manufacturers continue to compete in this evolving market we have seen some awesome designs enter the market in the last few years. With awnings like the DARCHE Eclipse range, these high-quality awnings offer the option to add extended sidewalls and this has opened up a whole new world for 4WD campers when it comes to increasing your shelter footprint at your camp.

With 30 years of innovation under its belt, DARCHE has once again ticked all the boxes and has brought another innovative new concept to the Eclipse range of awnings which has just catapulted things to a whole new level. Recently released is the all-new DARCHE Eclipse Retreat Annex.

The versatile Eclipse Retreat Annex simply suspends from your DARCHE 180° or 270° awning and lets you easily convert your awning into an additional shelter that can be used as a dining room, for storage or as a protected quarter that can easily sleep up to four people. The Retreat’s clever design is integrated with the Eclipse 180 and 270 awning walls giving a whole new dimension to your set up. For awnings manufactured before November 2020, attaching the Retreat requires drilling two small holes into the awning arms and that’s it.

The Retreat comes with 4 generous side ‘D’ doors with mesh and a vehicle access door. By rolling up all openings you can quickly convert this space to a generous mesh enclosed room. The clever yet simple design allows you to use the Retreat in conjunction with the Eclipse awning walls giving you extra protection. You can also use the large front roll-up door and this can double up as an awning. Made from a 210 Denier Ripstop Polyester Oxford fabric, it also comes with a durable removable 600gsm welded PVC bucket floor, pegs and a carry bag included. Like all DARCHE products this is premium quality and comes with a three-year warranty. For more information on the Retreat Eclipse Annex, click here.


Flexibility to roll up all openings to create cross-ventilated room
4 generous side ‘D’ doors with mesh.
Panoramic views when front and side doors are open.
Mesh on 3 sides to restrict insects and bugs.
Adjustable straps on the floor allow for variable height set-ups
Generous internal storage
2 x Power access slots.
Rear zip door allows easy access to the side vehicle.
Can be used in conjunction with the existing Eclipse awning walls (sold separately).
Large front roll-up door can double as an awning (poles sold separately).
210 Denier Ripstop Polyester Oxford fabric.
Removable 600gsm welded PVC bucket floor helps prevents moisture ingress.
Pegs and carry bag included.
Australian Registered Design: 202013561.
3-year warranty.