Rhino-Rack Batwing Compact Awning Review

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Review of the Rhino-Rack Batwing Compact Awning


Colin: Hi everyone. I'm Colin, here at eTrailer, and today we're going to take a look at Rhino racks batwing compact awning.Now this awning mounts to the roof rack of your vehicle, provides you with shade from the sun, or protection from the rain for those social events like tailgates or farmers markets or anything like that. Now the reason they designed this compact awning, is because some customers wanted something a little bit smaller, they went to those events and realized they didn't have quite enough space for that big awning that took up 118 square feet. This awning's going to be taking up about 69 square feet and give you that shade you need during those events, and not take up that much space. It's also going to be a great option for your small to medium sized vehicle that might have a shorter wheel base.Now we give you guys a quick comparison on the right side, we're going to have the batwing compact, and on the other side, on my left side, we're going to have the original batwing. Right away you're going to see the difference and how much square feet you're going to have of coverage.

It's going to have same four poles for support. It's really just going to have all the same features, the only difference being that our wingspan is a lot larger and the canvas on top is bigger.It uses two slots to connect to your roof rack. It's also going to be compatible with your pioneer rack, if you have one of those. Otherwise, if you have just a normal two cross bar roof rack, you just need to make sure you have that T-slot up front, it just slides right in on the edge.One thing to be mindful of, if you're setting this up by yourself on a windy day, the wind could catch under your awning and lift it up before you have the anchor point set. So, a simple solution is to anchor each leg into the ground before you get the wingspan completely around.

Just once you get one leg, anchor it down, spread it out more. Next one. And just keep going along to make sure it stays anchored to the ground and the awning isn't caught by the wind.It's going to come with eight of these orange guide wires that help secure your awning down into the ground, just give it more connection points so those windy days doesn't affect it too much. And the bright orange color is going to be very visible for if you're walking and you might not be paying attention, that orange color will catch your eye so you won't trip over the wires.Another thing we do want to point out about the guide wires is if you're experiencing some rain, you can set it up to where it's attached to the middle of our canvas. We have a slot right there for that reason.

So that you have a run off for the water to come off and it doesn't just pool on top of your canvas.It's going to have four of these telescoping arms that go up to seven feet, and they're also going to allow you to get your awning level on any uneven terrain. All you're going to do is twist the bottom of it, you can raise it up or down and then tighten it back down. You do want to make sure you do this before you have it anchored down.The canvas is made out of rip stop polyester, which is going to be UV, water and mold resistant. You going to have this nice bag that's going to hold all your guide wires and stakes very easily. There's also going to be a pocket on the storage case up there, where it will slide right in and store along with the awning.When not in use, it stows in its bag very easily.

You've just got to get it folded up. We have these hook and loop straps that hold it in place. And when not in use it also does have this nice cover to go over top with a zipper secured in there to protect it from any inclement weather.So the first thing you're going to do is undo your hook and loop pads on the back and begin to unzip it. Now let's go ahead and show you how to set it up. I'm going to start back here. We need to tear off the Velcro on the back so we can access our zipper. Now we can unzip it all the way to the front. All the way up. And flip the cover over, like so.Now we need to locate this pocket. Tear the Velcro off and pull out our stake pockets and ropes. Then we can just flip that over top. We'll set this aside. We'll need to come back for it. Now we can go around and tear all of our hook and loop straps off. Let the cover unroll itself. Now we can pull our arms out of their slots, and begin to swing it all the way around the vehicle, letting go of each arm when it gets fully extended.And we need to grab the strap that's on the end of our batwing, get it around our anchor point that we have installed on top of our roof. From there, go to the end and cinch it down. Now we can go around, get all of our legs detached and bring it down and loosen it up so the leg can extend and make contact with the ground. Get it fit to the height you want, then tighten it back up. Do the same for the other legs.Now we have a particularly windy day, so we want to go ahead and get our anchors in the ground on all four of our legs. Now it's going to work, is one of our stakes is going to go into these slots. You can see on the bottom of the leg on the foot, it's going to go through and down. Push it straight down into the ground. We have nice soft ground here right now, so it goes straight through. The same right there. We already have all the outer anchor points installed. It's a pretty windy day, but you can see that all these anchor points are going to be very sturdy and hold our batwing down.Now we're just going to go around, grab hold of our hook and loop straps right here, wrap them around our support poles. Want to get pretty tight, so you can get the tarp nice and taut. Just make sure there's a lot less billowing when you have them all secured. And then just repeat this process for the other three straps.Now we're going to go around and attach guide wires to the parts of our batwing where we deem it most appropriate. Because it's windy and the wind is coming from that direction, we're going to go around and pull the tarp down, so the wind has a harder time getting underneath. We have the metal hook into that little vinyl loop for it, and we're going to pull it down. Going to grab one of our stakes right here. Plant it in the ground, making sure this open side is facing away. Want to go in at a bit of an angle. You can use your foot to get these in, sometimes if you need to. Now, we're going to wrap the orange guide wire around it, like so. Just bring it under like that. Now we're going to go back up, we're going to pull however far we need to, to feel comfortable. Once we have it set to the appropriate length, we're going to take our black hook right here, attach it to the rope, like so. You'll repeat this process for any other guide wires you wish to install.So that's going to do it for our look at the Rhino rack batwing compact awning.


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