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Old 01-04-2015, 01:17 PM   #1
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way cool Batwing awning info

We just sold our 1972 Trail-Mite camper in less than 2 hours on Craigslist and thought I would post about the most ask about part of our camper, the Batwing!
Apparently these units were standard on early VW Vanagons. They are available at ShadyBoy.com - Home and sooooo cool. Purchased a 15.10 foot 1954 Aljoa Sportsman in mint condition and are sad to leave the fiberglass community for the "canned ham" side...... kinda sacrilegious I know.....and who sells a 1972 to buy a 1954????? my WIFE thats who. See ya on the road!

BATWING IN THE WIND!
Could not make other campers more jealous...... Most mornings as the wind kicks up and you watch as everyone scrambles to "crank" down their awnings, the wife and I would relax and watch in awe as our Batwing would silently and so very slowly rise, rise, rise and then, just as effortlessly begin it's descent and right before touching ground, hover at a standstill only to rise and descend several more times until the wind storm ended. You see, we used a trick the South African professor we purchased our Egg from had taught us........ By filling the 2 little bags that tent stakes come in with pebbles/stones, (a good activity to busy the kids while setting up camp), and attaching them to the guy wires/nylon ropes normally used as stake down support ropes, and having said ropes drop the length of the each front pole till they (the attached bag of stones) rests on the ground at the poles base, the entire Batwing AND poles rise ever so gracefully with the strong wind sometimes going up and down and sometimes (very amazingly) hovering a foot or so off the ground before returning right back to their original position!!!!! You have to see it to believe it but many a neighbor after running to their "crank" in the nick of time has burned us a crusty look while we remained seated enjoying our coffee.
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Old 01-04-2015, 03:54 PM   #2
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Canned Ham's are very cool Robert, I can understand the decision.
I was looking at the bat-wing awnings a while ago and was thinking seriously about one, although I have one question.

How do they stand-up or any concerns in the wind? I do take my awnings in when the wind picks up but sometimes a gust goes through unexpectedly. I would love to hear your experiences.
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Old 01-04-2015, 05:48 PM   #3
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way cool Batwing awning info

Thanks for posting with the link. I was one that inquired... I'm intrigued. I love the flexibility of a separate awning, and my FirstUp has served me well, but the light weight, compact size, and cleverness of this design is very tempting. I, too, am curious if anyone has any experience with one.
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Old 01-04-2015, 08:00 PM   #4
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Hey Ian, I added wind info to my original post. Plus, there is 1x u tube video on the shadyboy. Have fun out there.
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Hey Jon, diddo above added on to original post. We plan on putting a shadyboy on BOTH sides of our new '54'
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Old 01-04-2015, 08:03 PM   #6
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Bag of stones visible in photos
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Old 01-04-2015, 09:11 PM   #7
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How much for one $ planning on making one like boat canvas this looks lighter and easier
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Old 01-04-2015, 09:16 PM   #8
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How much for one $ planning on making one like boat canvas this looks lighter and easier
No idea, ours came with. Shadyboy.com should have your answer.
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Old 01-05-2015, 03:58 PM   #9
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Country Campers has them for about $400... so, they're about $500 with the vertical poles and shipping figured in.

I would think (speculating) that a really strong wind from the wrong direction could break a string and then damage the poles and/or fabric. Robert, how much wind do you think yours could take without damage? 35 mph? 50 mph? 70 mph?
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Not a scientist Mike, but the point of using a bag of stones INSTEAD of staking the poles is to give it buoyancy! Try it it's amazing. We have hooked the ropes under the camper so we could still be away from the sleeping kids in a torrential rain storm.
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Old 01-05-2015, 08:36 PM   #11
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Mike, this is the replay from my inquiry to the company making them.

Hello David,
the Shady Boy awning with the silver fabric sells for $315.CAD or $300. US if shipped to the US.
There are no taxes or duties to be paid if the shipment is to the US.
Installation is easy with basic tools. Instructions are supplied and most elect to install it themselves.
Stainless steel mounting brackets are $30. if needed.
Optional downdraft poles are $36.
Awning case is clear anodized.
Optional black anodized cap is $35.
Cost of shipping depends on where you are. US west coast is $55.
If you like more information or if you are not sure about the suitability of this awning, please feel free to contact me anytime or visit Shadyboy.com.
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Buying direct is cheaper, nice to know.
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Thanks for posting the info from Batwing, I'm going to check into them.
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Robert;

Is your awning silver? It looks white on my monitor but white is not listed on the Shadyboy site!


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