awnings

Submitted: Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 16:52
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Hi everyone,

A mate and I are doing a round Oz trip and I had a couple of questions.

We've decided to make our own awning off the side/back of our Jackaroo to save a bit of money. From all the research I have done on awnings, it seems they always come off the passenger side of the vehicle. Is there a reason for this that i'm not aware of? the larger of the rear doors of the Jackaroo swings to the left, so it would make more sense for us to have the awning out to the right. We want to have a bit of shelter at the back of the truck too.

Secondly, is April too early to start heading up north (from Sydney)? we plan to get to North QLD late May. Is the wet season going to hurt us?

Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers,

Jono
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Reply By: Member - Coyote (QLD) - Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 17:01

Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 17:01
For what it's worth, I chose to install my awning on the left because it's the non-traffic side of the car.. if we pull over somewhere just off the road then you can still put the awning up.

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Follow Up By: Member - Paul C (WA) - Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 18:38

Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 18:38
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Reply By: Member - Ingo57 (NSW) - Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 19:37

Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 19:37
Hi Jono

I had my awning on the passenger side but always seemed to need it on the drivers side so I swapped it over.
I dont know why and I have no theory but seems to be the better side for me.

Cheers

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Follow Up By: SPRINT-GTO - Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 23:01

Monday, Feb 09, 2009 at 23:01
8 "P"s
Prior preparation,planning,persistence,prevents bleep poor performance.
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Reply By: Member - Si (WA) - Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009 at 00:11

Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009 at 00:11
Ours is off the passenger side to be away from the traffic and that is side that tends to face camp when we drive in (force of habit I guess).

I got mine from ARB and I am pretty sure it cost me around $350 and I'm extremly happy with it. Just check the cost of making one your self that will last and use this as a price guide.

We had one instance on our last big trip up north were the wind court it an flipped it over the top of the vehicle while we were parked up on the beach. This was my own fault as I had not secured it down properly as it was not windy (except for the one big gust of wind - bloody murphy strikes again).

Surprisingly there was no damage done due to the special plastic connection points that are at the back of the awning.

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Follow Up By: Member - Paul C (WA) - Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009 at 19:11

Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009 at 19:11
Had mine did the the same first morning after we bought ours in Albury and camped up near Mansfield.
Snapped the brackets clean in two. Just jammed the poles into the backboard for the next year or so until I actually bothered to buy replacements.
Moral to the story - Always peg down the awning regardless.
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Reply By: Leroy - Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009 at 07:28

Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009 at 07:28
Turning out to be a big wet this year. Depends how quickly things dry out and roads open whether you can get access or not.

Leroy
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Reply By: JonnyL - Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009 at 08:56

Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009 at 08:56
Thanks everyone. All of this advice will be taken on board.

I guess we'll just have to keep getting updates as to the roads up north as the departure date approaches.

Thanks again,

Jono
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Reply By: pepper2 - Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009 at 10:59

Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009 at 10:59
I bought mine from Bob Burridge in the illawarra it is the length of the patrols roof and goes out 4 metres superb quality cost approx $250 a few years ago he also sells side panels that fully enclose it if you need that
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Reply By: Member - John and Val W (ACT) - Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009 at 11:09

Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009 at 11:09
We made an awning from a canvas window awning. Used the metal end of it as the outer end of the awning (so it works as a roller) with a couple of holes drilled to take tent poles. Cut off the scalloped end and attached that end to the vehicle via a length of sailtrack on the roof rack. No sewing required. WE initially put sail track on both sides of the vehicle but out of habit have only ever used it on the passenger side. When rolled up we use velcro straps and a couple of small occys to hold it tight.

Works a treat and total cost under $50, as the awning itself was recycled.

Cheers,

Val
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