3 years ago I bought an 8' Shademaker Supreme bag awning
from Interwest sports and I have had many email questions about them over that time. We have used it extensively in rain/wind/sand storms and of course, sun. Initial Install
& Purchase Page
We have been very happy with the awning
and I would highly recommend them to anyone. However, what people want to know is the bad stuff.
First, if you take it down or put it by yourself you WILL bend the top rail inset poles. Once you do this the top rail pole will never run smoothly again, no matter how straight you think it is. You don't need another adult, a kid will do, but I recommend always do it with 2 people.
Second, if you have wet winters take the bag awning
off when winterizing. The aluminum poles use steel pins. Water over time leeches into the bag, the pins get wet, the pins rust, and rust tracks through the awning. The awning will also get mildew - you can remove it but it's a pain so just take the whole thing off.
Third, the leg cams and pins MUST be greased with white lithium occasionally. We ended up in a dustbowl outside Idaho and the legs did not want to retract. A light
coating with white lithium fixed everything. Probably a teflon spray would work too.
Other notes - make sure you slope the awning down at night - it only takes a few seconds and it's a drag to get up in a rainstorm and drop them. I still haven't found a nice way to keep the bag out of the door when it's open - the open bag hangs right into the door. A stick against the rain sill has worked best. The velcro that holds the aluminum rails in has started to fail.
So saying all that we are probably buying another one to go on our 4500. As the rail is 9' I will probably buy the 10' model as I discussed in the above post.
Hope people find this info useful