Small and quick awnings which one?

Submitted: Friday, May 29, 2009 at 13:37
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Being a lazy bugger when I'm on holidays I want to fit a small, (2m wide approx) awning to the utility slide on camper.

This would be mainly for quick setup for some shade or for when a shower is looking likely while cooking dinner.

I have a large canvas awning which zips to the erect camper but this takes time to put up with zips poles guyropes etc etc.

I had a look at the ARB awning at the caravan show and was pretty convinced this was the one.
Now I have seen this one in a magazine and am wondering???
Don't you just hate having too many choices!

Eezy Awning

ARB awning

Does anyone have any experience with either one.
I'm looking for good and bad so I can make my choice.

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Reply By: Norm C (WA) - Friday, May 29, 2009 at 14:28

Friday, May 29, 2009 at 14:28
The ARB awning is about half the price.

Norm
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Reply By: Member - Ingo57 (NSW) - Friday, May 29, 2009 at 14:45

Friday, May 29, 2009 at 14:45
Just to give you another choice, we use an Open Sky Awning which we are pretty happy with although we would prefer it to extend just a little further. Reasonably cheap and very easy to set-up, Not 100% sure but I think ARB use them and just put there logo on it???

Hope this helps


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Follow Up By: Member - Myles F (QLD) - Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 07:34

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 07:34
I have the Open Sky as well. All poles are within the unit and when erected it’s all self supporting. For quick stops there is no need to even peg it down…. Although of course they recommend you do. The upright poles have peg ropes at ground level which I use when overnighting. I haven’t used the supplied guy ropes yet…. Although they recommend you do. I have it operational in about 60 seconds.
Myles.
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Reply By: wicket - Friday, May 29, 2009 at 16:05

Friday, May 29, 2009 at 16:05
Have got one of these on my slide on, straight forward to erect and not too expensive. This particular one slides into those awning rope guides you find on the side of many vans

http://www.caravansplus.com.au/catalog/index.php?cPath=21_571&osCsid=26b309e359adb65228b11ca0cf109841
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Reply By: gbdid - Friday, May 29, 2009 at 16:22

Friday, May 29, 2009 at 16:22
There is also this one
http://www.gunyah.com.au/about.htm
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Reply By: Member - The Bushwhackers -NSW - Friday, May 29, 2009 at 17:31

Friday, May 29, 2009 at 17:31
Hey GT
Now you have more choices to make a decision from!
Dunno what material the Eezy is made from, but the instruction manual has a South African address. Other than that, they look like they came from the same factory, to the untrained eye.
Good luck with your decision, 'Whacker
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Reply By: rumpig - Friday, May 29, 2009 at 18:30

Friday, May 29, 2009 at 18:30
Gunyah make a great awning, i have one on my fourby. they are also a Brisbane made item which is good for the local economy.
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Reply By: Levenx (Sth Coast NSW) - Friday, May 29, 2009 at 18:42

Friday, May 29, 2009 at 18:42
Hi GT

We have a ARB and its great, easy and quick to set up.

Good luck
levenx
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Reply By: nickb - Friday, May 29, 2009 at 18:44

Friday, May 29, 2009 at 18:44
I have the 2.5m ARB awning. Quick to put up and down, a little bit awkward to do by yourself though but not too hard.

They strongly recommend to use guy ropes but I haven't as yet. I've only used it a few times while stopping for a quick bite or drink while on the road and the was no wind. It was never a hassle to put up with 2 people, less than 2 mins would be my guess. Comes with full detailed instructions.

I have a lifted Patrol and as it is attached to the roof rack, it sits over 2m above the ground. Lucky I'm 6'6", the missus would have no chance of getting to it! I had to get longer bolts to attach it to my steel rack but it only took about 1hr to install including getting the new bolts.
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Friday, May 29, 2009 at 19:53

Friday, May 29, 2009 at 19:53
Hi
We have and can highly recommend the Black Widow Awning. The Black Widow unit is 100% Australian Made in Queensland, very stable and very quick to put out. We have been told at one of the 4X4 shows that the ARB units are made in China.
It was a real life saver last year on the Abandoned Gunbarrel, when it rained all night. They are not the cheapest on the market, but a great investment for many years to come.

Cheers

Stephen


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Reply By: Member - Megan and Kevin D (AC - Friday, May 29, 2009 at 22:38

Friday, May 29, 2009 at 22:38
Hi We have found our ARB very useful. One night however, it wrapped itself over the roof rack in a strong that blew up. It was entirely our fault because we were too lazy to peg it down! Luckily you can buy replacement poles from ARB. Three weeks till we're on the track and we'll be using it frequently I suspect.

Megan
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Reply By: David H - Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 00:29

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 00:29
Here's another one, excellent product and price.

www dot atrekcamping dot com dot au/shop/Store/Awnings/
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Reply By: Hairy (NT) - Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 10:23

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 10:23
Gday,
$350 on ebay.....I thought Id take the risk and try one and Im more than happy with it.

Cheers
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Reply By: GoneTroppo Member (FNQ) - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 08:17

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 08:17
This is a classic example of opening a can of worms.
I had utterly no idea that thare were so many variations on a theme.

A simple question turned into a few hours of more research. Thanks a heap everyone, I didn't have much planned for the weekened anyway.

Nah only kidding :-) ..........some really goood pointers there, at this stage I'm leaning towards the Black Widow or the Gunyah. Aussie made is a factor for me.
I'll make few calls today and see how it goes.
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