The 270 XT MAX™ Awning Mk2 is made in South Africa from the finest quality components. The combination of forward and rear folding arms means the 270 XT MAX™ Awning Mk2 provides an incredible amount of shade (+/-12m2 / 129ft2) around your 4WD for you to set up your camp kitchen, swags or just a shaded seating/chill out area. As you can see from the video, the awning is an easy set-up by one person in about 60 seconds, and the pack-down is just as simple. The 270 XT MAX™ Awning Mk2 has a heavy-duty stainless steel hinge at the rear and front section of the frame with arms that wrap around the rear of your vehicle and fold forward to be parallel with the side of the vehicle.
The canvas on the awning itself is a 315gsm (11.3oz) poly-cotton rip-stop canvas in The Bush Company’s traditional olive green colour that is mould and mildew resistant. There is only one seam in the whole canvas section (not including the edges), and the canvas is pre-treated during manufacture for water resistance. Still, over time if the stitched areas show signs of water ingress, this is easily treated with a canvas aqua-proof product to seal the stitch holes. Where the canvas is attached to the ends of the trussed awning arms, there is additional triple reinforcement to eliminate chafing, while the front and rear arms slide into a triple-stitched canvas sleeve.
The awning bag is 460gsm (16.2oz) poly-cotton rip-stop canvas with YKK Zippers. In contrast to PVC covers, the canvas allows the awning to breathe while keeping it dust/dirt free, and moisture can wick out through the zipper reducing the risk of mould or mildew. The rip-stop material on the bag also reduces the risk of large running tears in the bag due to contact with tree branches, and the front and rear sections of the bag have a double layer of canvas providing extra protection.
The awning frame is made from an extruded aluminium alloy composite specifically designed to provide the elasticity, strength and durability we require. The main bracket for the hinge is constructed from stainless steel providing huge power. The primary arms on the awning have been gusseted for additional strength, which enables the awning to be entirely free-standing without any poles in even strong wind conditions. We do not supply poles for the awning as it does not need them, but we provide guy ropes and pegs. It is recommended that the front and rear arms that are reinforced but not gusseted are pegged down to prevent excessive upward movement. The guy ropes are attached to the 1-tonne webbing straps attached to the canvas at the ends of the arms and midway along each canvas section. In conjunction with the natural rake of the awning, the guy ropes should be used to prevent water pooling on the canvas and to guide water runoff in preferred places. We do not recommend leaving the awning up unattended during snowfall due to the risk of canvas stretching due to excessive weight.
Around the inside edge of the awning is a 50mm (2″) thick triple stitched velcro strip, which can be used to attach optional awning walls (sold separately), enabling you to fully enclose the area to protect from the elements or additional privacy.
Care and Maintenance
We recommend that new awnings are thoroughly wet down before first use. This will ensure that your awning performs well in damp weather by allowing the poly/cotton core-spun thread and canvas to swell, ensuring the takeup of any potential leaks in the stitching.
Cleaning Canvas & Bag:
– Do not use soap or detergents on the canvas.
– Do not store the product if wet; allow drying first.
– To clean, use a soft brush and cold water.
– Do not expose to petrol, oils or harsh chemicals.
– Allow mould to dry
– Remove surface mould with a stiff bristle brush
– Vacuum the area
– Treat the area with Oil of Clove spray (diluted spray can be purchased or can be mixed using a few drops of oil into a spray bottle of water)