A quick to erect sun shade and rain shelter awning is a great addition to any 4wd vehicle. There are many awnings available on the market that bolt up to roof racks and the side of your vehicle. We show you what to look for when purchasing an awning for your 4wd.
Awning manufacturers use a number of different construction methods for their 4wd roof awnings. Many are made of light weight aluminium while some use heavier self-supporting steel with no poles.
On aluminium constructed awnings, an aluminium track is mounted to the roof rack of the vehicle. Lightweight aluminium poles are mounted to the track and swing out as horizontal supports for the awning. A second aluminium track houses the vertical support poles for the awning and they fold out to create the awning structure.
Make sure your awning is made from quality components to last the harsh conditions of the outback.
Most 4wd awnings use canvas or PVC materials in their construction. Make sure the awning has a SPF sun shade rating as well as being completely waterproof. Awnings can often be a saviour in times of intense downpour. Pulling up at a camp site and quickly erecting your 4wd awning can allow you to be somewhat comfortable whilst setting up other camping equipment like tents or swags.
Be sure the PVC used in the construction of the storage back is of good quality and thickness to withstand sticks and branches of trees that may scrape past your 4wd while on the tracks.
Some Awning retailers may require you to purchase additional mounting brackets and bolts to suit your roof rack. Be wary of these additional costs. Some awnings that seem cheap at the time might not come with everything you need to install the awning.
Make sure mount bolts and brackets are made of stainless steel or zinc plated. You don't want the attachment of your awning to rust due to salt or mud exposure.
Be sure your awning is purchased from a trustworthy Australian seller like Tough Toys. Check out our range of 4x4 Awnings.