Awning Anchor Kit-Ground Dog Anchors


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Developed by Outback Tracks in Australia. The auger shape and design of these bolts will anchor almost anything anywhere. From Tarps to Awnings an easy screw in system that allows for easy insertion and removal of tent pegs. Each Ground Dog is 200mm long, made from high grade marine stainless steel and comes with a unique locking nut. This kit also contains 2 x Tie Down Straps with adjustable ratchets and 2 x new rugged safety springs which eliminate bulky springs and still give the straps plenty of give when tying down awnings.

In addition, the kit contains 2 x Specially designed and cut aluminum plates designed to fit Dometic & Carefree awning arms. The plates fit perfectly into the base of the awning arm and help to anchor it down with the use of a Ground Dog bolt either side.

Pack Contents:
* 6 x Stainless Steel Ground Dogs
* 6 x Locking Nuts
* 2 x Tie Down Straps
* 2 x Aluminium Anchor Plates
* 2 x Safety Springs (improved)
* 1 x 19mm socket with drill adapter

Delivery: Next Day Despatch
$13.20 Flat Rate Australia Wide

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Product Description

One thing we have struggled with over the years is finding a tent peg for all occasions.  It doesn’t matter if you prefer a caravan, motorhome, tent or camper trailer, at one stage you will need to use a tent peg to pin something down.  Whether it’s for the tarp or to stabilise the awning, chances are, you will probably have struggled with the right tent peg for the job.  One that will cover all types of ground, from soft sand to ground as hard as concrete.

Many of ours have ended up bent from hammering, or slip out of the ground when you need them most, or end up rusting.  And, that is just trying to get them in, often times, getting a tent peg out of the ground is just as much of a challenge.

That is why we were so happy to have come across the Ground Dogs.   They are a simple and very effective screw-in tent peg that can be used to anchor anything almost anywhere.  And they are just as easy to get out of the ground as it is to put them in.  They also come with a complete tie down kit that will fit almost any caravan, motorhome or RV awning on the market.

Watch our Demo on how easy it is to set up your awning with the Ground Dogs Awning Kits
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The Ground Dogs were developed by avid Aussie camper, Paul Pont.  While helping a friend take down a caravan annex that had been in place for 3 months, Paul became frustrated by how long it took him to get the old rusted tent pegs out of the ground.  It took him so long because they were rusted into the ground and then bent coming out to the point they could not be used again.  Thinking there must be a better way, Paul searched for an alternative to hammer in pegs.

Having tried a range of other screw in pegs I realised that none of them were durable enough or suited to a wide enough range of ground types. They would either wear out, strip the thread, snap the heads off, not penetrate the ground or pulled out too easily.  I started playing around with my own designs and realised the only way was to make a quality peg from quality materials

This is when he came up with Ground Dogs.  A purpose built tent peg for all occasions. It is a very simple design, and the concept is not new.  Essentially it is a very large stainless steel screw-in bolt that is just the right size, length, and shape that will drill in and out of almost any ground surface.

Features of the Ground Dogs

High-Grade Stainless Steel

The Ground Dogs are made from a high-quality marine grade stainless steel material ensuring they will not rust after a few uses in the ground.  They will not bend and are easy to get in and out.

Made from Marine Grade Stainless Steel

200mm Long

At 200mm long, the Ground Dogs are just the right length to suit all types of ground and means you don’t need different length bolts for different applications.  = Less to Carry

200mm Long Shaft

19mm Head

The 19mm head on each of the Ground Dogs means you can use the same socket fitting to get them in and out.  In most cases, that is the same fitting requied for adjustable stabilisers on caravan legs.

19mm Head  & Multi Fit Socket


Ground Dogs are tapered and have a special shape thread cut into the shaft, the fluting is wider and longer so they drill in and hold firmly in a wide range of soils.  They will hold fast and not pull out during strong and constant winds.

Wider & Longer Fluting on Thread

Adjustable Locking Nut

On each Ground Dog is an adjustable locking nut that can be varied to suit the depth of the ground.  This means if you can only get half the bolt into the ground, simply winding down the locking nut will make it just as effective, and means you don’t have to have the bolt all the way in.

The adjustable locking nut


Yep, there is always someone with a better idea or way of doing things, and during development of the Ground Dog, many of the alternatives were tried and tested.

Ground Dogs -vs- Tent Pegs

The traditional hammer-in tent pegs have been around forever and will work in quite a lot of cases, but let’s face it, it can be hard work to hammer them in, and in some cases even harder to get them back out.  You also need a different size peg for different applications, meaning you need to carry around a whole lot more pegs.  Many of us end up with a collection of bent pieces of steel.   If the ground is extremely hard, you will be hard pressed to even get them in at all.  Watch the video below to see Paul & Judd in the Tent Peg Challenge.  Filmed at a recent Caravan show, the boys show how hard it is to hammer in a traditional tent peg in comparison to the Ground Dogs.

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The Tent Peg Challenge

Ground Dog -vs- The Batten Screws

Batten Screws or even Coach Bolts are great, but they are designed for Wood.  The shaft is smaller in diameter and not tapered.  The threads are very narrow and although they come in varying lengths, they are just not quite long enough to get enough traction in the soil.  Yes, they will work some of the time in some types of ground.  Typical they are better in harder ground, but if the ground is too soft they will pull straight out.  Even if they held originally, after a bit of rain and the ground becoming softer they will more than likely lose their grip.  Also after a few uses, the thread was found to start wearing and they started to rust over time, meaning they have to be replaced constantly.

The Ground Dogs are designed for soil unlike Batten or Coach Screws

Ground Dog -vs- Plastic Screws

The plastic bolts work similar to the Ground Dogs, but after a few uses, the head will start to wear the point where they became unusable.  The thread is not as deeply cut, so this reduces their holding effect.   Depending on the hardness of the ground, on many occasions, they would just snap.

The Ground Dogs -vs- Plastic Bolts


Tried & Tested

An awning blowing in the wind can place extreme forces on the hold down point, so you want something you know will hold to avoid awning damage.  The Ground Dogs have been tried and tested by Paul and also some extreme campers over the last 12 months.  There are also many other happy users who have purchased the Ground Dogs, here is what some of them had to say.

We bought the caravan awning anchor kit at our local market in Strathalbyn SA. I must admit I wasn’t sure how the Ground Dogs were going to work. We are heading to Uluru for two weeks so thought we better take the van for a trial run; and what a perfect time to roll out the awning and test these guys out. WOW I’m amazed at how well they work! So easy to put in the ground and remove, and the strength of the ground dog is crazy. I’m totally onboard and will be showing and telling everyone. 10/10

Matt Crist – South Australia

These are the bee’s knees. As a newbie, the awning anchor kit saved my bacon by holding down the awning of a rented camper during a huge storm at Dungog – could have been and expensive lesson for me. Thanks, fantastic product.

Rob Kerr – Sydney

Paul was also telling us about a recent show they went to,

 We were at the Toowoomba caravan show and got hit by a massive storm, the winds were up to 170km per hour and our gazebo stayed pinnied down.  In fact, the gazebo actually bent and the pegs still didn’t let go.  There were tents either side of us with 20kg weights on their legs and they just went flying.

20kg Weights -vs- Ground Dogs 

Tie Down System

Tie Down Straps

The Ground Dogs can be used independently as an anchor point for any camping application that requires something to be tied down.   However, many campers with caravans or motorhomes will use them with awnings.  To assist with easy setup of using the Ground Dogs with awnings, Paul has designed a simple and effective tie-down system that compliments the Ground Dogs and is very easy to fit.

The Ground Dogs Tie Down System

The Tie Down straps will suit most awnings on the market and can be used with the arms either pined back onto the body of the van or for those that prefer the arms pinned vertically to the ground, there is also a special anchor plate that will slot straight in to the bottom of the awning arm.

The tie down straps can be fitted to the included Safety Springs that come with the straps.   It is highly recommended that any tie down system used for awnings has some form of give in it to allow some movement to avoid damage to the awning mechanism.   The Ground Dogs system safety springs achieve this as they are made from hard wearing High Density Polyethylene (HDPE).  This means they will not perish and are very durable which will allow for adequate movement and give to your awning, eliminating the use of large springs which are bulky and can rust over time.    Each strap also uses a ratchet system built in which makes for easy adjustment and tensioning.

The Tie Down Straps with Safety Springs & Ratchet

Awning Leg Anchor Plate

The full awning kit contains two specially designed plates that will fit most Dometic and Carefree awnings and effectively acts as a clamp that will fit into the base of the awning arm and hold it securely in place.   A Ground Dog bolt is then used on either side to hold it firmly on the ground.  You can then attach the straps as shown above for added security.

The awning anchor plate secures awning arms vertically

WARNING:  While tying down of awnings in any conditions is highly recommended, this should just be as a precautionary measure.  It is highly advisable that in all cases where strong excessive winds prevail awnings should be wound in.

What We Thought

Very impressed.  Up until the Ground Dogs, we have just been using standard straight shaft tent pegs that we hammer in.  In most cases, they have been ok, but we have certainly gone through a few tent pegs.  The almost always bend and you can’t use them again.  Most become rusty only after a few uses.  We also found we had to carry lots of them in various sizes to suit all types of ground that we were on.

With the Ground Dogs, we found they were just so versatile for all conditions and lasted without going blunt or rusty.  They were easy to use and held much better than the straight shaft pegs.

Another great benefit we found was getting the pegs out of the ground.  Previously, I had to get another tent peg or claw hammer out to try and pry out stubborn pegs, but found it easy with the Ground Dogs just to put the drill in reverse and out they come.

HOT TIP:  The Ground Dogs screw in – in reverse.

20 reviews for Awning Anchor Kit-Ground Dog Anchors

  1. Rod

    The Ground Dog Anchors are good and easy to use.

  2. eugenekochnieff

    A very solid set, built to last. As camper trailer campers these are perfect for very securely anchoring our annex and window shades.

    Please make a larger set available for campers, 10-12 screws per set.

    We’d probably buy enough to peg everything down.

    Peace of mind when leaving the camp for the day knowing it will all be still in place if the wind picks up.

  3. Eric Hertsch

    I have received the Ground dogs, unfortunately have not used them yet,, that will be at the end of the month. Everything in the Awning kit appears to be very good quality. I will be using a 1/2 inch impact gun after watching the Maryborough video i think i will have to be careful in very hard ground not to shear them. I am expecting the pegs to be a good thing, i will still have to carry sand pegs i dont think they will work in soft sand. I have always left the awning legs attached to the van but with these pegs i will be standing the legs. Looking forward to the first use. No point testing them at home, we live on sand.

  4. Wayne

    The ground dogs are amazing. Easy to use and easy seen in the ground. Now both my wife and I can get the pegs in without problems.

  5. Jo & Wayne

    With the ground being dry and hard, we have the Ground Dogs to be amazing to use where other brands were a real problem plus with the strong winds they have held strong. With the same socket size as the stabilizer legs on the caravan we use the cordless drill to insert and remove the Ground Dogs. FANTASTIC PRODUCT!!!!!!!!!

  6. Malcolm Heywood

    Easy to use, strong, just spent two weeks in Adelaide during rain and strong winds, did not look like letting go, everybody else had their awnings rolled up, mine stayed out. Others are made but are not stainless steel, will last a lifetime, highly recommend.

  7. Kevin Brady

    Good solid gear that’s built to last, had a look at others and decided on ground dogs, bought the Awning Anchor Kit and it makes it so quick and easy that we purchased a couple more pegs we found at a camping and caravan expo. Also quick delivery

  8. Margaret Ledner

    We were having problems getting our tent pegs in the ground due to the drought. The ground was like concrete. We purchased the ground dog anchor kit on line while we were away with the caravan and they sent them to Mt Isa PO where we picked them up. We have been using them since and they have made a huge difference. Quick and easy to use.

  9. Peter and Coral

    The ground dog anchors themselves are of good quality and easy to use.
    The rubber shock absorbers not so good. The both snapped in half within the first 2 days of use. The wind averaged around 24kmh during this time so that may have caused the failure.
    I would recommend this product even though the rubbers fail. I will be purchasing another full set.

  10. Tony Howell

    These pegs are fantastic. At long last no more banging in pegs. The wife is extremely happy. Loves them in fact.

  11. John Burdinat

    I bought these to try after getting rave reviews from my fellow caravan club members. I bought the kit as well as an additional 10 anchors for the other add-ons we often put up such as the Kitchen extension, gazebo and the fly to protect the fridge from the sun.
    So far I have not had the chance to use them due to Covid 19 restrictions but they are very well made, strong and very suitable for the task, so I am looking forward to the day when I can use them in anger and show off to my fellow caravaners.

  12. John Burdinat

    I bought these to try after getting rave reviews from my fellow caravan club members. I bought the kit as well as an additional 10 anchors for the other add-ons we often put up such as the Kitchen extension, gazebo and the fly to protect the fridge from the sun.
    They are very well made, strong and very suitable for the task, so I am looking forward to the day when I can use them in anger and show off to my fellow caravaners.

  13. Steve

    An excellent and innovative product that has taken the hard and tiresome work out of camp setup and disassemble. It is a compact product, self contained in its own carry bag which makes it easy to stow away and convenient to use. We have no problem in highly recommending the Ground Dogs to all caravan nerds and campers. What a great name for a great product.

  14. Ross Clark

    Great product so easy to use although they were out of stock when I ordered Glen kept me informed as to expected availability and when stock arrived I received them within a couple of days customer service second to none thanks ground dogs Ross

  15. Tony

    Fantastic product, both functionally and build quality. More so, the communication dealing with Full Range Camping was up with the best. Unfortunately there was a lengthy delay with supply from the overseas supplier due to COVID but the ongoing communication to keep me up to date was nothing short of excellent!!

  16. John

    Although I haven’t had a chance for using these Ground Dogs , they look great and quality seems to be very good as well, just a brilliant idea.
    Brilliant idea for all those rock hard ground surfaces, will be so easy next time.

  17. Bruce Rawlings

    Great idea. So easy to use. I have trouble using a hammer. No longer a problem. Battery drill All that is needed. Highly reccomend. I also had trouble with the delivery as there was an issud with the delivery address. Full Range Camping went out of their way to make the delivery happen to the correct address. I certainly reccomend them as a company to do business with.

  18. Owen

    Bought the awning tie down kit and happy to say that it lives up to the advertising. Good quality materials that all work together. Pegs screw in quickly and easily. Very happy with the security of awning once tied down. East coast low coming this weekend. Will get a good testing.

  19. Lindy Ellis

    Bought a pack for hubby for early father’s day & arrived within a few days…we both found the pack to be a great product. Easy to use and actually works as advertised!! A simple but damn brilliant concept!!! Hats off to whoever came up with the idea. IT’S WORTH EVERY CENT!!!!

  20. Pete Anderton

    i bought these screw pegs and tie downs,what a great investment,no more hammering in pegs and ending up with bent pegs as i have a crook back these made life so easy and well worth the price. delivery was within 4 days very very prompt FRC you won me cheers keep up the good work

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