180 XT MAX Awning
The 180 XT MAX Awning is the ultimate free standing shade awning with great shade coverage (8.53m2 / 91.82ft2), wind resistance, and shares the same strength and durability as our famous 270 XT Awning and 270 XT MAX Awning.
The 180 XT MAX Awning is 2.3m (90.5″) long when packed up weighs only 26Kg (57.3lbs) and can be easily mounted to most roof racks or heavy duty load bars using our Heavy Duty L Brackets (2 adjustable heavy duty brackets included with the awning) or to our Roof Top Tents.using the appropriate awning to tent bracket (sold separately)
Check out the full 180 XT MAX Awning Product Review video to see why this is the best freestanding 180 awning on the market.
The 180 XT MAX Awning is supplied with a pair of Heavy Duty L Brackets, a fitment bracket must be attached to the stainless steel sections at each end of the awning frame no more than 200mm / 7 ⁷/₈inch from each end. The awning is not suitable to be fitted to a roof rack shorter than 1.9m / 74.8inches in length or to load bars where the width from front to rear is less than 1.9m / 74.8inches. When using our Heavy Duty L Brackets for mounting the 180 XT MAX Awning, we recommend using one pairs of the brackets, with one at each end.
To mount the 180 XT MAX Awning to one of our rooftop tents you will need an Awning To Tent bracket which are sold separately.
180 XT MAX Awning - Overview
The 180 XT MAX Awning is made in South Africa from the finest quality components. The awning has two fully trussed arms that sit at 90o degrees at each end of the frame, as well as an additional reinforced aluminium arm at the front and rear end of the awning that fold out to be parallel with your vehicle. The combination of forward and rear folding arms gives the 180 XT MAX Awning an incredible +/-8.53m2 / 91.82ft2 of shade around your 4WD for you to set up your camp kitchen, swags or just a shaded seating/chill out area.
When extended the awning measures a total of 5.84m / 19.16ft from end to end. As you can see from the video the awning is easily set up by one person in about 60 seconds and the pack down is just as simple. The 180 XT MAX Awning has a heavy duty stainless steel hinge at the rear and also the front section of the frame, all of the arms are made from an aircraft grade aluminium alloy, and the front and rear single arms are strengthened with a honeycomb cross section throughout their length.
The canvas on the 180 XT MAX Awning is 315gsm/11.3oz poly-cotton rip-stop canvas in The Bush Company's traditional olive green colour that is mould and mildew resistant. There are no seams in the canvas section (not including the edges) and the canvas is pre-treated during manufacture for water resistance. Like any canvas it should be seasoned before use by pre-wetting and drying, and over time if the stitched areas show signs of water ingress this is easily treated with a canvas aqua proof product to seal the stitch holes. Where the canvas is attached to the ends of the awning arms there is additional triple reinforcement to eliminate chafing, and the front and rear arms slide into a triple stitched canvas sleeve.
The 180 XT MAX Awning bag is 460gsm/16.2oz poly-cotton rip-stop canvas with YKK Zippers. In contrast to PVC awning covers, the canvas allows the awning to breath while keeping it dust/dirt free and moisture is able to wick out through the zipper reducing the risk of mould or mildew. The rip-stop material on the bag also reduces the risk of large running tears in the bag as a result of contact with tree branches, and the front and rear sections of the bag have a double layer of canvas providing extra protection.
The structure of the 180 XT MAX Awning is made from an extruded alloy composite which has been specifically designed to provide the elasticity, strength and durability required to enable this awning to be fully free standing. The main brackets for the hinges is constructed from stainless steel providing huge strength. The main arms on the awning have been gusseted for additional strength, which enables the awning to be fully free standing without any poles in even strong wind conditions.
We do not supply poles for the awning as it does not need them, but we do supply guy ropes and pegs. It is recommended that the front and rear arms are pegged down whenever the awning is deployed to prevent excessive upward movement as the front and rear arms are reinforced but not gusseted. The guy ropes attach to the 1 tonne webbing straps that are attached to the canvas at the ends of the arms and midway along each canvas section.
In conjunction with the natural rake of the awning, the guy ropes should be used to prevent pooling of water on the canvas and to guide water runoff in preferred places. We do not recommend leaving the awning up unattended during snowfall due to risk of canvas stretching due to excessive weight.
If you want to close in the area underneath the awning, the 180 XT MAX Awning Wall Kit is a grea option, or if you only want a wind break or a little privacy then check out our high quality mesh or solid canvas universal single walls.
Using & Caring For Your Awning
We recommend that new awnings are thoroughly wet down before first use. This will ensure that your awning performs well in wet weather by allowing the poly/cotton corespun thread and canvas to swell ensuring the take up of any potential leaks in the stitching.
Deploying & Packing Away:
- When unzipping the awning, make sure the zippers are right to the top of the bag at each end and that the bottom corners of the bag are not caught on the awning frame.
- When deploying your awning if the canvas seems excessively tight, STOP and check that the canvas is not caught on the hinge mechanism and that it has not slid too far one way in the sail-track on the awning frame.
- When packing the awning away, ensure that the canvas is not pinched between the awning arms especially close to the hinge mechanism.
- When you roll up your awning canvas please make sure that it is as tight as possible and that Velcro straps are secure, this helps to minimise movement during travel. Incorrectly packing away the awning could result in vibration and rubbing of the awning arms resulting in abrasion of the canvas.
- It is advised, especially after prolonged trips, to periodically check the mounting bolts securing the brackets to your vehicle and the awning to the brackets, as well as the bolts securing the head stocks of the awning to the frame.
Cleaning Canvas & Bag:
- Do not use soap or detergents on the canvas as this can result in colour leaching.
- To clean use a soft brush and cold water.
- Do not expose to petrol, oils or harsh chemicals.
Your awning canvas is pre-treated with mould and mildew resistance, but if mould/mildew does occur please follow these steps:
- Allow mould to dry.
- Remove surface mould off with stiff bristle brush.
- Vacuum the area.
- Treat area with Oil of Clove spray (diluted spray can be purchased or can be mixed using a few drops of oil into a spray bottle of water).
Installing Your Bush Company Awning
A copy of the fitting instructions for The Bush Company awnings is available for download here
The Bush Company or one of our stockists can assemble install your awning, but if you choose to install the awning yourself please make sure that you have done the due-diligence on your intended install to ensure that it does not create any safety issues and ensure that you follow standard safety precautions when undertaking the install.
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We offer a range of shipping options including delivery to home addresses, businesses and freight depots.
If you have any questions regarding shipping, please contact us by email at email@example.com or by phone +61 (07) 5302 6948.
All items are available for collection from The Bush Company at 14 Cessna Street, Marcoola, QLD 4564, please contact us to place your order and confirm date of collection. Please note that due to insurance and health and safety issues, you cannot self-fit your purchase on our premises.
Small Items (Aus Post)
By default all small items will be shipped with Aus Post. Our collection days for Aus Post are Tuesday and Friday so please be aware of this when selecting Express Post option. We aim to process all online order within 24 hours but collection can only be on Tuesday’s and Fridays.
Large Items (Courier Delivery)
’Home Delivery ’ means a home or private residence, including locations where a business is operated from the home or private residence. For residential delivery of rooftop tents a forklift must be available at the delivery point and truck access, if this is not the case please contact us for a shipping quote to your nearest depot for collection. For all other items you specify in order notes it will be assumed that your items can left in a safe place at your home, in which case, The Bush Company is not accountable for any loss once delivery is made.
If you select the Business or Depot delivery option and provide a residential address for shipping, we will ship the item to the nearest freight depot for you to collect from there. For delivery of rooftop tents to a commercial business premises a forklift must be available at the delivery point and truck access, if this is not the case please contact us for a shipping quote to your nearest depot for collection.
If you want to have you items delivery to a depot for you to collect (often the cheapest option for large items) please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone +61 (07) 5302 6948 to obtain a shipping quote.
Damage In Transit
If you elect to have your items left in a safe place for home delivery, there is no opportunity for you to check that the item has arrived in good condition prior to accepting it, so The Bush Company cannot be held responsible for any claim for damage in transit or theft of items after delivery.
If you have elected to sign for your items (required for all tents and awnings) When the shipment arrives, it is essential that you check it thoroughly for any signs of damage before signing to accept the shipment. This means checking the exterior box and if there are any signs of damage externally then the box should be opened, and the product examined for any signs of damage to the product itself. This needs to be done before you sign anything to say that the item has been received, the driver needs to wait until you are satisfied. If you are not satisfied with the condition of the item, then you are entitled to refuse delivery and the courier will have to return the product to us.
If you do not follow this procedure and it turns out that the item has been damaged in transit, then there is no way for us to claim on the freight insurance to cover any damage as you have signed to say that the product has been received in good condition. Once you have signed for the delivery the courier company will interpret this as the item being delivered in good condition. If you sign anything and are not satisfied you must ensure that this is noted by the driver in writing and obtain a copy that is signed by the driver.
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