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Bedouin Awning & sides
An awning that attaches to the vehicle and opens up (approx 3.5m x 2.7m) supported by poles. It stores in a canvass bag, about 1.1 metres long, that can be left on the vehicle by means of a rail attached to the roof rack, or detached and stored elsewhere – if fitted to the side it needs a means of securing to prevent it being dragged off the rail by bushes – I used a strap. Initially fitted to the rear of the vehicle it was ideal as a shelter whilst working out of the rear of the vehicle.
With the change of roof tent position the awning could no longer fit there and was moved to the side of the vehicle; the two poles nearest the vehicle could be tied off on the vehicle. This worked reasonably well but leaving the stored awning in situ meant it was very susceptible to acacia thorns, of which it found plenty. Would re-think this set up on a future trip. The awning wasn’t used much until the end of the trip, when we experienced a lot of rain and occasionally the sides were used to keep out the driving rain.
The awning comes with a total of six poles allowing it to be used free-standing: we only used it once in this mode, Christmas in Etosha, with disastrous consequences thanks to the long tent pegs used (intended for sand use) being stronger than 5 of the 6 poles – see image
Lapa Safari Windbreak
Purchased in the UK and intended for use as a screen for protection from the elements or animals – we only used it twice, as a wind break. The 4 panel mesh screen is about 6 metres long and 1.5 metres high – this meant it was too long to store inside and lived on the roof: should have left it behind!
Having moved the Bedouin awning to the side we no longer had rear shelter from the rain or sun when the tent wasn’t up. I quite fancied a bespoke self supporting one but they were silly money for the size. I ended up making my own out of a section of old caravan awning, two cut down awning poles and a broom handle that worked splendidly and I was quite proud of it, especially as it had cost all of £1.50.
Christmas day, Estosha, Nambia - awning poles thanks to strong winds