Opinions sought on vehicle mounted awnings

Submitted: Friday, Mar 14, 2014 at 12:57
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Looking into fitting an awning to the Cruiser.
I am after opinions from those who have (or have had) one.
What brand is/was yours?
How easy is/was it to erect?
How easy is/was it to fold away?
Would you buy the same again?
Any brands to stay away from?
Thanks in advance for your replies.
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Reply By: Member - Fab72 (Paradise SA) - Friday, Mar 14, 2014 at 14:08

Friday, Mar 14, 2014 at 14:08
Krooznalong,
I have a 2.5 x 2.5 Tigerz11 awning
It's a piece of cake to erect. (5 mins taking it easy)
Folding up is even easier.
I would buy a longer one, say 3m long, 2.5m out from vehicle...but the size of my mini monster truck restricts the length.
I highly recommend the Tigerz11 but can't comment on any other brands with real life experiences.
One of the best accesories I've bought for my bus.

Fab.
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Follow Up By: Krooznalong - Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 at 10:11

Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 at 10:11
Thanks Fab - will check it out
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Reply By: jacent - Friday, Mar 14, 2014 at 15:36

Friday, Mar 14, 2014 at 15:36
I have had a austrack campers side awning very good, up in 2 mins, I also have a rhino awning which is also very good, came with an awning extension which can turn into a wall or just an extended roof
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Follow Up By: Krooznalong - Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 at 10:12

Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 at 10:12
Thanks - will have a look at them
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Reply By: OBJ - Friday, Mar 14, 2014 at 18:19

Friday, Mar 14, 2014 at 18:19
Hi Krooznalong

My personal choice would be the Foxwing by Oztent which I think is probably one of the best on the market, but at around $600 it's too steep for me.

I just bought an ORU (Outdorrs R Us) off eBay and it is terrific. The material seems thicker than some others I have seen and handled. It was also the best $ for $ price I could find.

This is the eBay listing.

ORU LARGE OUTBACK 4X4 SIDE AWNING - 4WD AWNING - 2.5M x 3M
WATERPROOF - 475GSM RIP STOP CANVAS - Best Available

The seller is outdoorsrusaustralia

All the usual disclaimers for the politically correct, the bush lawyers and those that need it.

OBJ
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Follow Up By: Krooznalong - Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 at 10:13

Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 at 10:13
Thanks OBJ - yeah, know what you mean with last line. Pity it needs to be said JIC. I'll check out the ebay item.
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Reply By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Friday, Mar 14, 2014 at 18:54

Friday, Mar 14, 2014 at 18:54
It is really easy to make your own. It is cheaper, they can be much stronger and you can design them to be far more versatile. If you are interested in making your own let me know and I will post details. I got the canvas made by a pro, but it is just a rectangle with rope sewn in to thread through a sailtrack so this wasn't expensive, the rest you can do yourself.
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Follow Up By: Krooznalong - Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 at 10:14

Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 at 10:14
Thanks mate - but SWMBO said "NO HOME MADE AWNING".
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Follow Up By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 at 11:00

Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 at 11:00
Ah yes, I understand, I have a swmbo as well. The big plus of my design, that my wife loves, is that it can very quickly become a tent. We developed it after a huge windstorm one night in the Simpson where several brand name awnings around us destructed and we decided we wanted something stronger and that gave more protection than the usual awnings.
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Follow Up By: Krooznalong - Monday, Mar 17, 2014 at 17:31

Monday, Mar 17, 2014 at 17:31
Mate - If it's not too late I would appreciate knowing what you've done. If I can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that it'll work, is easy to use, looks good and saves money I may have half a chance of not having to fork out for a commercial unit.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 09:17

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 09:17
Hi Krooze
Probably easier if I do this via an email. I have some photos and can explain the details and some of the construction options
email me at mike@fewster.org
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Reply By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 at 12:59

Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 at 12:59
* caveat up front I have no affiliation *

Have a SupaPeg mounted on my 4by, without doubt one of the best quality and easiest to erect I've ever seen. Australian made, great service, since I bought mine, a number of members of my 4wd club have bought them, and to a man they're all delighted with the purchase. Not cheap, but not horribly expensive either.

Thet specialise in awnings and it shows.
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Follow Up By: Krooznalong - Monday, Mar 17, 2014 at 08:32

Monday, Mar 17, 2014 at 08:32
Thanks Scott - I'll add them to the list of possibilities
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Follow Up By: Penchy - Monday, Mar 17, 2014 at 11:18

Monday, Mar 17, 2014 at 11:18
+1 for SupaPeg. Had mine a few years and shows no sign of wear - of course it gets a workout.

Money was no object, then and Ostrich Awning would be my pick. It's like a foxwing but bleep loads better!
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Reply By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 15:20

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 15:20
And still another make!

We have an ARB one. Pretty much the same as other comments above. We are happy with it. I believe that it is 2.5M long. Ideal for a quick cuppa stop on the side of the track.

I will echo someone else's comment about length. Get the longer one you can.

Phil
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