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Summer is hot. 180 degree awning options?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by ardrummer292, Jul 5, 2020.

  1. Jul 5, 2020 at 1:18 PM
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    ardrummer292

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    Mods, I apologize if this is in the wrong section. I couldn't find a dedicated RTT/awning subforum or sticky thread.

    After FINALLY getting out of the house to spend some time outdoors yesterday, I realized an awning would be immensely useful when trying to enjoy (or just survive) hot Virginia summers. After doing a bit research, I came to the conclusion that standard rectangular side-deployed awnings (like ARB) won't offer that much coverage when the sun isn't directly overhead. Maybe enough for one person, but definitely not for two or more. Also, deploying these awnings without help is likely to be an irritating experience, and is time-consuming enough to be an annoyance. This got me looking at different options.

    I came across the 23Zero Peregrine 180R, which looks like a really neat product:
    https://23zero.com/product/peregrine-180-r/

    The video shows ease of setup and storage, as well as the rather impressive coverage available from such a small mounting footprint:
    https://youtu.be/8ohhDTjLzkY

    I'd rather not go full-hog with a 270 degree awning, since this will have to fit on my (upcoming) Prinsu roof rack. I'm hoping that I can get a 180 degree awning on each side of my truck, then connect the front and rear half-panels with a zippered "connector" panel to reduce loss of shade. This will also leave my bed free for a rear-opening RTT, if I ever decide to go that route.

    Does anyone have experience with this awning or others like it? I can see it being useful, but would rather not add it to my build list without hearing about firsthand experience from others.
     
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  2. Jul 5, 2020 at 11:59 PM
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    Looking further into it, I found another viable free-standing awning from the same company:
    https://23zero.com/product/peregrine-180-with-light-suppression-technology/

    This appears to be very similar to the one I linked previously, just bigger. A lot bigger. It offers over twice the coverage, but at the expense of an 88 inch long stowed package. That’s a full 2 feet longer than the Prinsu roof rack, which has me wondering if there’s a good way to attach it without looking ridiculous (or adding a shell/bed rack, which isn’t an option for me).
     
  3. Jul 7, 2020 at 7:13 AM
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    Bump. Does anyone have feedback? I'm concerned that the smaller awning listed in my first post won't make enough of a difference to justify the price. That said, I really don't want anything mounted to the bed to support the bigger awning listed in my second post. It wouldn't make much sense to buy a truck, then add parts that impede my ability to do typical truck stuff like hauling large and irregularly shaped items.
     
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    Just seal the seams and move on. It’s pretty easy.
     
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    It’s easier to post this same fucking copy pasta ten times in different threads after five years, apparently.
     
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    Looks like the Mods took care of that...
     
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    I have the same question, but this video from 23Zero is really frustrating, on that Taco there is no way to have the awning and tent deployed simultaneously. The tent has to be above the line of the awning to allow for the window supports to be installed. This video gives false hopes to those wanting a below roof line tent. I've now moved off a bed rack and on to a cap just so I can run an awning.
     
  8. Jan 31, 2021 at 7:06 PM
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    I've had mine for almost a year out here in Arizona and can say firsthand that the LST really does make it cooler and completely cuts the UV out. Although I did get caught in a rain storm one time when I was camping in the annex and the seems were leaking on the outer edge. I contacted 23zero for a solution and they directed me to a product and how to apply it to fill in the seem.

    I definitely recommend their Awning, I actually just ordered the Walkabout 56 because I really like the LST.

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  9. Feb 1, 2021 at 4:25 AM
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    Thanks, is that the 180R?
     
  10. Feb 1, 2021 at 7:24 AM
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    Yes it is. The other 180 awning they have is about 50% bigger.
     
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    I was wondering if it’s waterproof as well
     
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    Man, I forgot I made this thread. In case anyone is wondering what came of my original line of thought:

    I decided that, if I really need an awning, I'll just buy a standalone pop-up unit for 1/10 of the price of the onboard setup I had envisioned. This truck is my daily driver, so minimizing infrequently-used stuff is a good call.
     
  13. Feb 19, 2021 at 6:13 PM
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    I was in the midst of making the same decision and came to the same conclusion as you. What pop up did you settle on?
     
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    Honestly haven’t bought one yet, and may not buy one at all. I’ll likely just settle on setting a folding chair under a tree when looking for shade in bajillion degree weather. Not a very #overland #goexplore solution, but that isn’t my scene anyway.
     
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