Big fan of the awning. It’s pretty much instant shade, in a way that is fast & easy to set up, and doesn’t consume any other usable space inside the vehicle or roof rack. Many of our friends and customers (and their spouses) claim this to be one of their favorite mods, and for good reason as the uses are limitless…
Shade to retreat to at the trailhead, after a hike or bike ride.
Relief from the sun at a football or soccer game.
Provide sun relief to assist in a trail repair, or aid in a medical situation.
Rain shelter while camping, or even quick rain delay at the kid’s game.
Quick shade during that lunch break on the trail.
The point is, if you have a couple minutes that’s usually all it takes to make a good situation even better, as adding an awning to your overlanding vehicle, wheeling rig, soccer mom ride or mall crawler is a great way to better utilize your vehicle, and enhance your expedition. We love awnings, have owned and used several, in a variety of conditions. And we’re pleased to offer you multiple awning options to consider, all of which can ship direct to you or ship along with your rack for free.
Gamiviti 270 Degree
Inspired by the Batwing Awning from Rhino, Gamiviti has imported its own branded left-hand 270 degree awning in 2018, which combines all of our most favorite attributes in a lightweight, economical package.
The Gamiviti awning is a 270 degree awning, meaning is stretches out to the side, then around the back of your vehicle. We’ve tried the others, and are sold on the 270 degree option as the best solution for any awning. The material is grey 420D polyester oxford, enclosed in a UV resistant PVC sealed storage bag. the lightweight aluminum poles easily stow inside the bag, as does the bag of stakes and guy lines. Setup takes just a couple minutes and can be done easily by just one person (in windy situations, better if you have a helper). Same for stowing the awning after use, very easy to do and ample room inside the bag to zip up the awning, poles, and stake bag. Priced at $475, and ships for free with your Gamiviti roof rack. If ordered separately, we’ll contact you to confirm shipping costs (around $110 in the US).
Awnings come with 2 L-brackets, which allow you to bolt the awning to just about any flat surface. Additional spacer washers would be required to bolt these to your Gamiviti rack. For the best setup, we recommend upgrading to a pair of Gamiviti roof rack receivers, which allow you to install/uninstall your awning to your truck in less than one minute. This lets you store the awning safe and secure for daily driver duty, then quickly install it when it’s time to hit the trail, head for camp, or the soccer game. It also allows you to remove the awning to get it out of the way while loading up your rack & stowing your RTT.
Batwing Awnings from Rhino Rack
This awning is the real deal, spawned from the Foxwing design that has inspired so many others, including our own. The all-new Batwing is packed with style and function, boasting features designed for aesthetic and easy use. With 270 degrees of shade and 11sqm coverage, the Batwing is the perfect addition to any adventure.
The Batwing is made from a heavy-duty, water and mold resistant material that has been tested and rated to UPF 50 +, offering maximum sun protection. The Batwing is an upgrade from the older Foxwing, same 270 degrees of coverage, with a few very notable improvements:
Integrated poles- no longer do you have a separate storage bag for poles, these are tied into the awning and just flip down for easy setup.
Attached pouch for your ropes and stakes- Now that little bag of stakes has a home inside the awning.
Magnets to hold the poles in place inside the bag- the old version had a rubber strap for this.
Plastic hinges- they converted the weak point of the awning to an easily replaceable plastic piece, and included 2 extras with the awning.
Plastic feet at the base of the poles which provide stakes to secure in a crossed position, for added security and easier removal.
Integrated tensioning strap with quick-release buckle, secures awning in open position to the rack using the supplied rack cleat.
Batwing awnings are available in both LH and RH, and also small and large sizes. Our recommendation is the large size, and for the best setup also adding a set of three Gamiviti roof rack receivers, which allow you to install/uninstall your awning to your truc in less than a minute. This lets you store the awning safe and secure for daily driver duty, then quickly install it when it’s time to hit the trail, head for camp, or the soccer game. It also allows you to remove the awning to get it out of the way while loading up your rack & stowing your RTT. Price for the large Batwing is $794, and price for the compact version is $688. Want to hear more? Check out the video below…
AWning side walls
How do you make a great thing even better? Add walls to your Gamiviti 270 degree awning. Setup takes about 15 minutes, the longest portion is sliding the wall against the truck through the aluminum track… the rest is sturdy hook & loop around the upper perimeter, with stakes along the bottom engaging with the awning poles. You won’t set the walls up every time, but when you do you’ll discover many of its added benefits, including…
Protection from the setting sun, particularly late afternoon in the desert when the sun feels like it’s at its hottest..
Shade for your fridge, & the food on the tailgate.
Protection from wind- which always seems to pick up just when you’re starting dinner.
Protection from the cold- hanging out by the truck is much more pleasant in cooler weather when you’ve got the side walls installed
Privacy- you can’t always be the only one around for miles.. and you still need to change clothes, focus on your person, or just be you. It’s nice to have a little space to yourself, even in a crowd.
Awning sidewalls come with three outside doors, with full-size screens, and outer panels that can be zipped shut, rolled up, or extended by rope to be used as mini awnings. Fabric is the same grey 420D polyester oxford which is lightweight, tear resistant, and cleans easily. Inside, there’s a large opening for the side of the truck (for access to the rear door and cargo area window and a second opening for the rear hatch and tailgate area. Inside, there’s ample space to hang out and enjoy the newfound comfort, privacy, and protection of the awing sidewalls. the awning is stored inside a durable carry bag, which fits easily inside the vehicle, or inside some roof top tents. Priced at $425, with free shipping with your Gamiviti awning and roof rack.
As an alternative to the 270 degree awnings, we also offer three other awning solutions from Rhino, to meet a smaller footprint and price point. The Dome awning provides added head clearance for you super tall folks, while the Sunseeker 2.0 and 2.5 offer two sizes of a more simple shade solution off the side of the vehicle. The Dome awning is $299, Sunseeker 2.0 $329, and Sunseeker 2.5 is $351. All options work well when paired to 2 Gamiviti roof rack receivers, with the same benefits described above, and all awnings ship free with your roof rack.