shade awnings

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 18:45
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Hi all
went to the show looking for a canvas awning to mount to car roof what a rip-off starting at $750 to $1000.00. Has anyone made there own or if they can be purchased at a resonable $$ Thanks for any feed back Cheers skip
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Reply By: GOB & denny vic member - Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 19:03

Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 19:03
goodday skip
we generally just use a small tarp tied to the pack rack a couple of extendale poles and pegs can go out the back or off the side
upcoming trip thats gonna be it

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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 20:54

Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 20:54
I'm with you Steve, I have a couple of cheap blue poly tarps. One of them has the 3 holes along one side exactly the same distance as the 3 uprights of my ARB roof rack. So I've rigged up a couple of fittings that I can quickly hook the tarp up to and extend it out to the passenger's side using a couple of tent poles and ropes.
Ok, it's nowhere near as flash as a canvas tarp, but it only cost about $15- and if/when it rips, I'll buy another one.....too easy!!!


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Follow Up By: Gajm (VIC) - Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 21:21

Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 21:21
I have the same as Steve and Roachie, but use 3 - 4 of those black spring clamps you get at the $2 type shops, or cheap tool places, it only takes a minute to clamp them onto the rack to hold the tarp, and then do the poles and ropes, never had the tarp blow off in some pretty strong winds either.
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Reply By: Member - Brian (WA) - Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 19:07

Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 19:07
Hi Skip.
Have a look at
Some there for $350 dont know if thats what you what.
cheers brian
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Reply By: brian - Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 20:27

Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 20:27
Bob Burrage in wollongong does the best quality canvas awning approx 4 metres long for approx $300 if you want contact details let me know
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Follow Up By: Member - Geoff & Karen - Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 13:25

Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 13:25
Im with you on this Brian. We brought one of his awnings from the Albury 4wd show and it is brilliant. Comes out 12 foot from the vehicle like you said and it cost us $285. Damned if I was going to pay $800 for an ARB awning and they only come out about 6 foot from your vehicle. These ones are deffinatley better quality.
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Follow Up By: Member - Frank - Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 20:35

Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 20:35
Please has he web site would be interested to look

plastic works but flaps to much in wind anoying
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Reply By: Steve - Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 20:44

Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 20:44
Tried Aussie Traveller in Brisbane ?
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Reply By: rickwagupatrol - Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 23:24

Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 23:24
hiya skip,,,,been there and had a heart attack when i saw the prices for a simple tarp. ended up making my own. not hard to do really, only took me a couple of hours.
basically, you need either two roof bars or a roofrack.
a few lengths of aluminium flat bar, and aluminium square tube, a tarp, a few rivets, couple of bolts and away you go.
if you or anyone else want all the details, let me know and i'll post the long winded version.

oh,,,by the way,,,mine is 3.3m x3m,,,,,cost less than a hundred bucks.
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Follow Up By: slave - Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 13:23

Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 13:23
Long winded version please

At this stage we are planning to use a piece of flat aluminium ( like used to be on caravans to attach the annexe) with the canvas threaded on this.

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Reply By: Rosco - Bris. - Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 08:03

Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 08:03

Check out post 20902. A few options were discussed there.

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Reply By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 09:17

Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 09:17
G'day Skip,

Made my own the other week. Bought a tarp at the local canvas place, out of their remnants bin (cost me $100 for a 2 X 5 meter piece complete with welded hems). Cut it in half slipped a cord in the 2 meter side and slid it in the sail track I had rivetted to my roof rack. All up less the $150. Roll it up with 2 poles, pegs and cords and strap it to the rack with a couple straps. Tried it on the beach at the weekend and it is easy to set up and pack on your own ( the poles on the inside allowes you to roll it up nice and easy)

Kind regards
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Reply By: Redback - Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 10:30

Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 10:30
We made our own 3.5m x 5.0m at $9.95 a metre for the canvas + poles, i will be doing something to be able to attach it to the 4B for those days when shade is at a premium.

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Reply By: Member - Troopytrek - Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 16:31

Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 16:31
Hi Skip,

On our old troopy we had a sail track mounted on the car for an old annex roof off a pop top trailer. This already had the cord in it. Works a treat and have used it for many years at Fraser Island.

We had priced the roll out awnings and have found the same thing they are TOO EXPENSIVE !!!!!

We have decided that what we had worked well why change it after seeing the cost of the roll out awnings.

Haven't mounted it to the new rig yet, but intented to mount it to the roof rack as Beait(QLD) has using sail track.


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Reply By: North Coast Bob - Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 20:58

Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 20:58
Hi Skip,
Gunyah (Qld) make side mounted and rear mounted awnings which attached to the roof rack and fold up into a PVC bag. All aluminium poles are attached and fold into the bag so no loose parts. However they are expensive (Start at $500 plus)

Try web site - www.

This give sizes, colours, etc.

If you wanted to contact them their mobile number is 0412700128 (as the Contact Button on the web site does not always work).

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Reply By: rickwagupatrol - Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 23:43

Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 23:43
okee dokee then, lets get on with the long winded version shall we.
bear in mind that once you have all the materials, it only takes a few hours to assemble. i will base this on what i made for the patrol.

1 3.3mx3m tarp...from Bunnings, about $20
2 packet of pop rivets
3 two lengths of 25mm square aluminium tube, 3m each.
4 one length of flat aluminium bar, 25mmx3mmx3m
5 one length of flat aluminium bar, 25mmx6mmx3.1m
6 four adjustable tent poles
7 four ropes

k then, now for the good bit.

remove eylets from 3m sides of tarp, corner to corner.
use the 25mmx3mmx3m flat bar and one piece of the square tube and place the edge of the tarp between the two. pop rivet this.
at the other end, use the 25mmx6mmx3.1m flat bar and the other square tube, place tarp between these and pop rivet again. make sure that the extra 100mm on the flat bar is used so that only 50mm hangs over each end of the square tube.
drill the 50mm bit of the flat bar, big enough to just get the top of the tent pole through....(10mm drill bit from memory...)

now for the hard part...i had a new set of roof bars ( the square tube sort), that i drilled 300mm from the end...(passenger side).
place roof bars on roof at distance slightly smaller that tent poles, then position the square tube that is 3m long with the small flat bar on (25mmx3mmx3m).
mark holes on square tube and drill. i use a bolt and wing nut to attach tarp to roof bars. aha i hear you say,,,,what about the other end,,,,well i'm getting to that so sit down and enjoy...LOLOLOLOL:):)
roll tarp up, the end with the longer bit of flat bar, remember :), nice and tight. it will all sit neatly on the roof bar.
leanne made a simple bag that the tent poles go into, thisis placed next to the rolled up tarp, and then i use a occy strap...(its got squarish ends on it) and simply wrap from front roof bar to the back one, going around the tarp and poles a few times over all the roads and tracks we've been, this has never moved.
the ropes and pegs simply stay in the recovery box till needed.
k then now we have got through that bit, here is the rest.

even though this works real well for us, i have forund the only downside to be that the centre section of the tarp flaps the breeze when in use.
i plan to simply get another two lengths of flat bar and sandwich the centre section between these, remembering that the flat bar only need to be 3mx25mmx3mm.
all up i can easily balance the tarp in one hand, probably weighs 7kg
this setup works for us, and means that we dont have to drive around the city with anything on the roof, but only takes 5minutes to place on the 4by when we head bush.
hope this helps,,,if not,,,,,my fingers are real sore and i now want a glass of port.....:)lol

p.s. this setup reaches from the back of the patrol to the gap between the bonnet and leading edge of the windscreen, is far enough over the roof to stop most rain getting to us, and provides shade for a family of five on those hot days at the beach.

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Follow Up By: slave - Tuesday, Apr 19, 2005 at 14:50

Tuesday, Apr 19, 2005 at 14:50
Thanks Rick
I will show this to 'the assembler' when he finishes work

mrs slave
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Reply By: brian - Tuesday, Apr 19, 2005 at 08:07

Tuesday, Apr 19, 2005 at 08:07
Frank ,dont know of a website but his phone no is 0242723705 hope this helps
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Reply By: A-TREK CAMPING HIRE - Friday, Apr 22, 2005 at 19:48

Friday, Apr 22, 2005 at 19:48
G'day Skip, we are canvas fabricators and make roll out awnings, we currently have our standard rollout awning, 2.4m long x 2m wide with aluminium frame, takes about 60 seconds to set up, they are normally $399.00 but we are currently doing those for $299.00, you can check out my website at for details, you can contact me through my web site or on 07 3886 5466 during business hours.
Regards, David

& T.D.Canvas

92 Brickworks rd
Kallangur, Qld, 4503
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