Awning selection

Installing a roof rack tomorrow and wondering if anyone has installed a similar type and had any advice on awnings? We got the following rack after a lot of deliberation:

https://www.americanvan.com/topper-hot-dip-galvanized-10-cargo-carrier-rack-for-dodge-ram-promaster-av-cc-500pm-3347.html

We are wondering if the fiamma or thule racks are worth it, how difficult they would be to attach to a similar rack. Currently we are leaning towards at this one:

Seems a little more universal and is about a third of the price of the bigger names out there and it appears that you can attach it to anywhere, sliding door or maybe even out over the back doors which would be a plus sometimes.

Anyone been down this road already?

Greetings!

I’ve always just used cheap tarps, with ball bungies connecting to the roof rack, and metal conduit for the outer edge to keep in rigid. Along each side I have tight ropes to prevent it from flapping in the wind, then adjustable tent poles to hold up the outside edge firmly staked to the ground. While everybody else’s awnings were getting damaged or ripped off, mine held up just fine.

When not in use, I just rolled it up on the conduit, and attached the whole works to the roof rack via ball bungies. Never had problem.

I saw too many people lose expensive awnings or get them damaged, which is why I decided to go as cheap as possible. By accident, it turned out to be better, cheaper, and sturdier than any of the store bought awnings. The tarps last 4-5 years, and only take about $10 & 10 minutes to replace. A win all the way around.

If ball bungies weren’t handy, I just lace the top & bottom with rope, and that worked too.

Cheers!


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We are going to go with the moon shade. Seems like it might be a little sturdier with the tent type poles running across the top of it and possibly will handle the wind a bit better than the fixed ones.

I did the DIY approach similar to Van Dweller, but used heavy canvas. So far so good, even in the 30 MPH gusts we had a few weeks ago.image0 27

Greetings!

Good luck and keep us posted on how it works out. :thinking:

Cheers!


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