Easy detachable awning/tent


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Hi all, just joined & though I would throw my first thread up on a mod I did not long ago.

I was gifted an awning tent a while ago & all I had to buy was an awning which I was going to get anyway.

After using the tent the first time I realised how restrictive it was if you wanted to use the vehicle which you quite often want to do after you set up a camp.
So I set about designing something that would suit what I wanted to do, as usual I over thought this until someone gave me a simple idea.

Anyway I had some alloy tube sitting around which became the new mount attached to the awning & just used some D shackles as the fasteners.
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I bought a couple of new poles & guy ropes & had to drill some holes in the awning frame for the poles.
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There is a process in fitting it to the racks & to the car but then it detaches & re attached in seconds.

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I have other tents but this is now an ideal set up for me for just short trips & now I can still use the car for whatever I need!


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Great idea! I'd be a little wary using those shackles to retain the awning to the l-brackets, though. At least run some wire through the shackle pins, to stop them rattling/rotating lose. Or for rattle free, you could use a couple of bolts (with flat washers) screwed through the aluminium rhs and l-brackets, into some threaded packing plate?


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Yeh I could have been in that conversation swaggie, I joined under another name & re-opened an thread then I think my subscription got pulled or something as I couldn't log in & the content was gone?
Not sure?

Anyway this is part of the advise anyway.

ABW, I know anything is possible but I do the bolt up with pliers & the shackles are under a bit of weight so it all seems ok.
I went on a 1200km road & bush trip in the trip in the pictures with no issues.

But yes I am looking at doing something about the flat top, it does collect water & on the previous trip about 4 inches of snow!
I could just lower the front at night I guess but maybe I will look at getting an extendable pole & prop up the middle like a big top??

I am going to do a refit over summer at this was a quick solution for this trip, but it worked :)
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Awesome idea! I just mounted 2 awnings on my cage trailer....... unhook the trailer and put the locks on it and away we go!

Rusty Panels

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Great idea, it looks really good. I must agree about rain though. It's a bit hard to tell from the pictures but is there any slope on the roof? If not a shower or storm could end up sharing your sleeping bag. Full marks on the idea though. Cheers!


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Hey guys, my thread lives on so that's cool much appreciated :)

Yeh there are now commercial brackets available that I have seen(cant remember brands) & dont think they were around when I did this?

While these new mounts are not expensive in modern terms I guess for me at the time it was about DIY.

Yes your totally correct @Rusty Panels this is an inherent problem for an awning tent.

You either need to lower the front poles or one corner for run off but it still pools on the awning somewhere.

I will admit this is not a great set up but it saved myself & my mate from a couple of major snow storms in the NSW highlands, one pictured in my avatar.
It survived 100kph wind gusts(glad it was attached to the triton on that one!) , 4 inches of snow on top of it & numerous major drenching's.

Id rather an Oztent RV5 but I got the tent for free so wanted to use it & also make it so we could still use the vehicle independently which O proved you can do ;)


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The next morning.

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