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nakman
02-07-2010, 11:31 AM
I was very tempted to jump on one of Christo's African Outback close outs.. then looks like I missed out. So that got me thinking of an awning, and which one should I get.

So let's see all the options out there.. my leading contender at this point is the Shady Boy http://www.shadyboy.com/the-awning/ at under $250, it's got a small hard case and can extend without legs.. sets up in about 5 minutes. For higher wind you can put up some optional legs. If you have 7 minutes to kill and want a good laugh, check out this kid Caleb http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5220xnbLRcw , I love it. :lmao:

My second choice right now is the one from Campinglab.. http://www.campinglab.com/awning.html it uses legs, but it's pretty solid. Only thing I don't like is the full length casing, makes my truck look like an electrical contractor..

then there's the budget homebrew style http://forum.ih8mud.com/camping-outdoor-gear/229970-homebrew-awning-via-swing-outs-pics.html

or the home made one with PVC casing http://www.lcool.org/technical/sunshade/sun_shade.html which I'll give it up for ingenuity, but looks kinda ghetto, IMO.


what else do you know about awnings..

sleeoffroad
02-07-2010, 11:46 AM
http://www.rhinorack.com/Rhinoweb/Images/Accessories/EnlargeImages/Enlarge_358_2009414_93730.jpg

Fox wing awning. Can be had with panels that zip on to make it larger or serve as walls.

I am adding this to the site this week. I believe they have a special and it is about $650;

http://www.rhinorack.com/AccSubCategory_Foxwing-Awning_56.aspx

nakman
02-07-2010, 11:50 AM
Oh heck yeah, that thing is awesome, Christo..

SRT08BUS
02-07-2010, 01:01 PM
Now another thing 2 add 2 my want list, my lady will be so thrilled!

Jacket
02-07-2010, 01:41 PM
The Italian made awning that AT sells looks like a good product for the price.

http://www.adventuretrailers.com/awning.html

And the smaller ARB unit comes at a good price.

http://www.sierraexpeditions.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=981

If money is no object then the Eezi-awn or Hannibal products are pretty darn nice. I've really wondered how well the stake-less awnings would hold up in a wind gust, but the Hannibal guys sure swear by that product.

bh4rnnr
02-07-2010, 01:59 PM
http://www.rhinorack.com/Rhinoweb/Images/Accessories/EnlargeImages/Enlarge_358_2009414_93730.jpg

Fox wing awning. Can be had with panels that zip on to make it larger or serve as walls.

I am adding this to the site this week. I believe they have a special and it is about $650;

http://www.rhinorack.com/AccSubCategory_Foxwing-Awning_56.aspx


Man, that thing is:grinpimp:, might have to consider one for Outlaws Run 2010... This was the one you had at the Rally right? Was drooling over that back in August.

Nakman, there's always the Eazi-Awn Awning (http://www.equipt1.com/h/component/option,com_virtuemart/page,shop.browse/category_id,142/Itemid,31/)

DaveInDenver
02-07-2010, 02:04 PM
Wow, $300, $400, $700! Awnings are serious out of my league money. I got an EZ-Up from Gart's for $50. Ugly, really red, heavy ... yup. I've pretty much spent the difference in a ton of beer to drink under the thing for years now. I'm liking that ghetto tarp-in-a-PVC-pipe Aussie one a lot, though.

bigbluefj
02-07-2010, 02:22 PM
http://www.rhinorack.com/Rhinoweb/Images/Accessories/EnlargeImages/Enlarge_358_2009414_93730.jpg

Fox wing awning. Can be had with panels that zip on to make it larger or serve as walls.

I am adding this to the site this week. I believe they have a special and it is about $650;

http://www.rhinorack.com/AccSubCategory_Foxwing-Awning_56.aspx

Ive being looking at this also been chatting with these people about a tent that they have also that goes up in 30 seconds..

http://www.familytentcamping.com/site/1406228/page/872232


very neat i must say..

Convert
02-07-2010, 03:23 PM
Wow, $300, $400, $700! Awnings are serious out of my league money. I got an EZ-Up from Gart's for $50. Ugly, really red, heavy ... yup. I've pretty much spent the difference in a ton of beer to drink under the thing for years now. I'm liking that ghetto tarp-in-a-PVC-pipe Aussie one a lot, though.


I may try to build that one. Improvements could be made to minimize the ghetto looks

Rezarf
02-07-2010, 09:19 PM
Tim- I use the Carport XL from Kelty. It attaches to a roof rack or RTT... I will see if I can dig up a pic.

Drew

Rezarf
02-07-2010, 09:26 PM
Here is da' pics-

I really dig it, but it isn't a hard mounted setup, it breaks down like a tent and takes up very little room. the sides can be rolled up and it comes with two poles to set it up like a canopy.

Looking forward to what you come up with.

Snap... my photos wont load, if you dig up my trailer build thread- check the second to last page.:thumb:

Romer
02-07-2010, 09:45 PM
The Italian made awning that AT sells looks like a good product for the price.

http://www.adventuretrailers.com/awning.html

.

Thats the one I have its on the passenger side over the pull-out kitchen

You can't buy the other one seperately, but I also one that is attached to the front of the RTT.

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/attachment.php?attachmentid=15859&stc=1&d=1258822706

corsair23
02-07-2010, 11:15 PM
TRDParts4U (Toyota Dallas) had the Mombasa 7' Awning (RTT-6022) on sale last October I think...

Looks a lot like the Camping Labs one...Might be the same :confused:

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They seem to run in the ~$240ish range...Want to try it out? :hill:

Uncle Ben
02-07-2010, 11:46 PM
I will be getting an awning this year. My biggest focus on what I get is the bag/protection it has when stored. I consider the roof rack a roof skid and the side's often bump trees. Awning wont do me much good if it's destroyed on the trail before it gets used!

zornff
02-08-2010, 06:07 AM
We have the one from Mombassa. They are well made and work great. I have not seen one that has a cover that would take a rub like a rack or slider would. I think a mount that would allow it to go from the top of the rack to the side when needed might be in order.

Caribou Sandstorm
02-08-2010, 10:20 AM
I have the Camping Lab awning and sides. Works great and the price was right, $250.00. They look very, very similar to the Mombasa, so do the RTTs.

http://chrissandstormfj.smugmug.com/Other/Beef-Basin-Utah-late-April/DSCF3146/533500139_mHKMX-M.jpg

http://chrissandstormfj.smugmug.com/Other/Beef-Basin-Utah-late-April/DSCF3203/533510143_ap7DH-M.jpg

Fernando is the Camping lab guy, super cool, trying to get him out here this year and hopefully he will donate another awning like last year to CM, in case you don't get one but want one...

Might even get him to bring some out here for sale on site at CM.

I like the awning, my fabric is pretty heavy duty and water proof. His new fabric seems lighter and is more rip-stop material..Looks good.

I also have a Kelty Car port. Medium size, I used to have the large.

http://chrissandstormfj.smugmug.com/Other/2009-Rising-Sun-Rally/DSCF3504/614636554_vSEt3-M.jpg

The large was a bear to set up. Medium seems to be the right size. I bought it on Amazon used, new just a return, for 50% off. I can use the Kelty with any vehicle or no vehicle, provided I have 2 trees..

I like the small awning (Shadyboy) you posted Tim, and has a hard case. I saw this at this year's 24 hours of Moab, super cool and not too big.

Red_Chili
02-08-2010, 10:57 AM
Kelty Noah's Tarp affixed to the roof rack. Light, cheap, multifunctional, and only requires three people to hold it down in a rain and wind storm when parked on solid rock to remove a driveshaft in a driving flash flood. DAMHIK. :lmao:

Under normal camping conditions, two cheap tent poles, some rope and stakes, and yer dun.

nakman
02-08-2010, 10:59 AM
The small hard case is what's cool about that Shady boy, also that it's not full length. I agree with UB that the roof rack can see some action, I try not to use it as a slider but it's going to hit its share of branches that's for sure. And it would seem that you could have a mount that would move or flip or something allowing you to stow the awning in a safer spot, then slide it to where it needs to be to deport.

fun thread.. keep the pictures flowing!

bh4rnnr
02-08-2010, 05:47 PM
Kelty Noah's Tarp affixed to the roof rack. Light, cheap, multifunctional, and only requires three people to hold it down in a rain and wind storm when parked on solid rock to remove a driveshaft in a driving flash flood. DAMHIK. :lmao:

Under normal camping conditions, two cheap tent poles, some rope and stakes, and yer dun.

:weld::flop:

Crash
02-08-2010, 07:19 PM
The small hard case is what's cool about that Shady boy, also that it's not full length. I agree with UB that the roof rack can see some action, I try not to use it as a slider but it's going to hit its share of branches that's for sure. And it would seem that you could have a mount that would move or flip or something allowing you to stow the awning in a safer spot, then slide it to where it needs to be to deport.

fun thread.. keep the pictures flowing!

You want pictures? I have a couple. First one, just because it should be seen every couple of years and the second to show what the now evidently unobtanium African Outback awning looks like in the wilds. It rained a little that evening but the awning kept us dry. The attachment to the tent is ingenious, it can be attached on any side of the tent and it is easy to store inside the truck. Some of those SA guys know what they are doing. ;)

rover67
02-08-2010, 08:16 PM
:weld::flop:

Man, there were some B**chn' water falls that day...

Tch2fly
02-09-2010, 07:56 PM
The Kirkham Auto Canopy (http://www.kirkhams.com/products/Kirkham_s_Auto_Canopy-294-112.html) is a low cost option

Red_Chili
02-10-2010, 08:04 AM
Man, there were some B**chn' water falls that day...
No doubt. Made it worth it. Almost. :lmao:
Really, the Kelty Noah's Tarp works great and stows easily with poles. Deploying in the MIDDLE of a rainstorm and windstorm on hard rock can be a little challenging. The results can look a bit... ghetto.

:lmao: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao:

Uncle Ben
02-10-2010, 10:30 AM
These are pretty slick and inexpensive awnings.

Sport Shade (http://www.sportsshade.com/index.html)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=la_ypWwtiVM&feature=related


These would actually make great portable movie screens! :lol:

nakman
02-12-2010, 10:14 PM
ARB awning sale, just in case you were leaning ARB.. http://forum.ih8mud.com/ih8mud-com-vendor-marketplace/360047-arb-awning-sale.html