The Story

Hi, I'm Julie, creator of sheltaPod.

I've been a keen camper for many years, it's a great way to relax from the stresses and strains of life as a TV News camerawoman. 

I bought my first campervan 5 years ago but I couldn't find an awning that was quick and easy to put up singlehanded for one or two overnights. All I needed was a bit of outside shelter from the wind and rain when I was cooking and dining. I also needed extra space where family and friends could sleep.

The market is full of big, bulky awnings that block the light and views from inside the van. They claim to be 'quick erect', but in reality they take much longer. And they take up too much storage space when travelling in a small van
. I didn't want that so I decided to get out my sewing machine and make my own. That early prototype gave birth to several factory prototypes.

A year later 'sheltapod' was born

Aberafon Campsite, Llŷn Peninsula
sheltaPod prototype v1
made on my sewing machine at home
Pete  #sheltaPodog on the 
  Isle of Skye, Scotland
Kynance Cove, Cornwall

In August 2016 we launched our first crowdfunding campaign with KICKSTARTER​.  We managed to raise £44,197 which was fantastic. However we didn't quite reach our funding goal and so ultimately the campaign was unsuccessful. But we learnt from the experience and immediately started working towards our second attempt.

In October 2016 we launched another campaign with INDIEGOGO and on the 20th of November we finally reached our funding goal. sheltaPod then continued to gain even more pre-orders and production started in early 2017. By March 2017 our crowdfunding campaign had raised over $100,000.....WOW!

Rhossili Beach, Gower, Wales
Llanddwyn Island, Anglesey

The first shipment arrived in the UK late May and our 300+ crowdfunding backers started to receive their 'reward' sheltaPod's by the 30th of May 2017. We are now selling the remaining stock on our online store and also preparing for our second production run. For this we hope to add a new colour and some useful accessories including a bespoke fitted airbed and a blackout/heat reflective canopy.