Awnings

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 16, 2017 at 19:12
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What are your thoughts own Kings awnings?
Looking at getting a awning for the 4x4 and was after a good one ,any info would be very helpful
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Reply By: Les - PK Ranger - Sunday, Apr 16, 2017 at 19:26

Sunday, Apr 16, 2017 at 19:26
Well, they're cheap !!
But probably no worse then most in the lower price ranges, if taken care of.
Mostly this is storing them dry when bit in use (if rained on it few dampened, get them dry later before leaving away a while), and tie them down every time used (blow overs are common and will easily damage connectors etc)..

As for 4WDSC, try and get into a branch, purchase, and take with you.
Avoid the website if possible, there are many horror stories about the lack of customer after sales, support, etc.
even their own Facebook page of people's bad dealings with them.
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Reply By: Shaker - Sunday, Apr 16, 2017 at 19:50

Sunday, Apr 16, 2017 at 19:50
If you want a "good one" the ones by Supa Peg are excellent.

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Follow Up By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017 at 19:53

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017 at 19:53
I'll second Shaker on that. All the folks I travel with have Supa Peg and you can't fault them. Top quality Oz product.
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Reply By: Batt's - Sunday, Apr 16, 2017 at 19:55

Sunday, Apr 16, 2017 at 19:55
Mine seems ok
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Reply By: Michael H9 - Sunday, Apr 16, 2017 at 20:00

Sunday, Apr 16, 2017 at 20:00
Quality wise, most cheap awnings no matter the brand look like they come out of the same factory in China. A mate has the Kings one and it looks the same as mine. The price is right but heed the warning above, although it's pretty hard to get a faulty awning, there aren't many moving parts. A zipper malfunction maybe?

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Follow Up By: Malcom M - Monday, Apr 17, 2017 at 08:02

Monday, Apr 17, 2017 at 08:02
What warning - China?

I have a Chinese Tigerz11, an ARB and a Chinese Foxwing clone.
The ARB and Tigerz are very nearly identical but I think the Tigerz is better built. I seriously doubt the ARB was made outside of China.
The Foxwing clone is the best built of the lot of them.
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Follow Up By: Michael H9 - Monday, Apr 17, 2017 at 13:05

Monday, Apr 17, 2017 at 13:05
The warning was referencing Les's post about buying off the 4wdsc website.
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Follow Up By: Malcom M - Monday, Apr 17, 2017 at 13:10

Monday, Apr 17, 2017 at 13:10
Aha, fair enough and a valid warning.
Think how many sales they must have lost due to peed off non returning customers.
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Reply By: kmdc - Sunday, Apr 16, 2017 at 21:25

Sunday, Apr 16, 2017 at 21:25
I have two awnings , one on each side of the Land Cruiser. One is a Kings 2.5 X 2.5 and the other is a Powerful 4 X 4 2.5 X 2.5. Paid twice as much for the Powerful 4 X 4 and it's the one that broke on a recent Simpson Desert trip.
When erected make sure you tie it down. As stated if the wind gets hold of it, it will break it if not secured. Also consider a side wall for your Kings. They give so much more shelter especially when it rains. They are about $30 odd bucks. I see all 4WD Supacenta stuff has free freight to day.
I have purchased a lot of stuff from them over the years and only had one problem which after a call & email they promptly replaced the U/S item. Did'nt even have to return the faulty unit.
Regards KMDC.
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Reply By: Old 55 - Monday, Apr 17, 2017 at 10:40

Monday, Apr 17, 2017 at 10:40
The Kings units are lightly built but if secured as indicated above will give good service. I have two of the Kings awnings and they also give some stability and a lot more shelter. Perfect for putting the swag under. I have an ARB unit on the back and I think it is a little more robust but I can't fault either unit. Hey for that price go for the Kings.
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Reply By: Member - Kevin S12 - Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017 at 10:56

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017 at 10:56
A friend has Kings and they seem a bit flimsy under duress. I have Ironman which has stood up over the years but don't know the price difference.
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Reply By: Member - peter_mc - Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017 at 11:33

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017 at 11:33
The Kings one I have has a flimsy extrusion on the car and has blown over our Tvan twice. But on the positive side the joints weren't damaged - it ripped the bolts out of the car end extrusion. 2 minutes with a drill and we had new holes for the pivot bolts and it was back in action!

The Supapeg ones have plastic hinges - perhaps if it gets blown over they will break first. The Darche ones have flexible hinges but they aren't designed to allow it to be blown over the vehicle without damage.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017 at 21:33

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017 at 21:33
Why would anybody design them to blow over the vehicle, surely it's not hard to put in a couple of pegs?
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Follow Up By: Member - peter_mc - Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017 at 21:38

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017 at 21:38
The first time was the first time we'd used it - some willy willys came out of nowhere and it wasn't pegged down. The second time someone else had it (with strict instructions to always peg it down) - they say that the wind pulled the pegs out.

I'm not sure anything is designed to be blown over a vehicle but it can happen and how badly damaged it will be depends on how it was designed. I saw the Darche flexible hinges and thought that was their intention - apparently they have done it for other reasons.
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Reply By: Top End Az - Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017 at 22:00

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017 at 22:00
If you are only going to use it a few times a year for long weekends for example then the Kings would be fine. I got the ARB one at 3 times the price about 4 years ago before some of these other brands were around, and during our travels of upto a month at a time and plenty of bush camping too it goes up and down everyday and has withstood the conditions well.
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Reply By: 1105 - Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 at 19:08

Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 at 19:08
I just bought a Rhino Rack awning for $300 from Opposite Lock, looks good, easy to use (having only opened it out once to date) & built well.
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