The Shady Boy awning is a very nice awning solution for the Vanagon and EuroVan. The awning box bolts to the body of the vehicle, so that it's a permanent installation and cannot easily be stolen. When closed, the awning box is 1¼ meters (50 inches) long (about the width of the sliding door.)
When the awning is open, it folds out from it's container and is self-supporting. That's right, 3 x 1.8 meters of shade and rain protection with no poles to the ground! The awning is cantilevered with solid fiberglass poles that extend from the awning box. In high winds, the exterior corners of the awning may be staked to the ground with supplied lines, but in non-windy conditions, this isn't necessary.
The fabric of the awning is mildew and UV resistant and is available in assorted colors. The weight of the complete awning is approximately 6 kg, or 13¼ pounds.
The Shady Boy is manufactured by Equinox Sunshine Products of Vancouver, Canada. Their phone number is 604.868.0269 and their fax line is 604.538.3537. You can visit their web site at http://www.shadyboy.com/.
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