270 XT Awning
The 270 XT Awning sets new benchmarks for a free standing shade awning in terms of overall strength, wind resistance and durability. The awning is 2.3m in length, weighs only 27.8Kg and can be easily fixed to a roof rack or to our Clamshell Roof Top Tents . The 270 XT Awning provides an incredible amount of shade around your 4WD for you to set up your camp kitchen, swags or just a shaded seating/chill out area. As you can see from the video the awning can easily be set up by one person in about 30 seconds and the pack down is just as simple.
The 270 XT Awning is made in South Africa from quality components. The awning bag is 460 gram poly cotton rip-stop canvas with YKK Zippers. In contrast to PVC 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 mold 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. The canvas on the awning itself is a 380 gram poly cotton rip-stop canvas that is mold and mildew resistant. The underside and outer edge of the awning are The Bush Company’s traditional olive green colour, but the top side of the awning has been coated with a silver laminate, this not only provides additional water resistance, but also increases the UV rating of the canvas and reduces the temperature on the underside of the canvas by around 4-5 degrees Celsius. The canvas is pre-treated during manufacture for water resistance, but 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.
The structure of the awning is made from an extruded alloy composite which has been specifically designed to provide the elasticity, strength and durability we required. The main bracket for the hinge is constructed from 316 marine grade stainless steel providing huge strength. The arms on the awning have been gusseted for additional strength, which enables the awning to be fully standing without any poles in even the very 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 for use in extreme wind conditions to prevent damage to your roof rack or vehicle. The guy ropes attach to the stainless steel D-rings that are incorporated into the ends of the arms and also 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 as a result of excessive weight.
Around the inside edge of the awning is a 50mm thick velcro strip which can be used to attach the optional awning walls enabling you to fully enclose the area to provide protection from the elements or additional privacy.
The awning is available in either a Left Hand Side (passenger side in Australia) or Right Hand Side (driver’s side in Australia) configuration, please select which version you require from the drop down menu below.