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Old 05-11-2018, 04:15 PM   #1
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I just got the new Thule Hideaway retractable hand crank awning on my 2015 crew, standard height. It's been sold in Europe (as the Omnistor 4900, I think) for quite awhile and just came to US this year. The folding tensioner arms keep it extended and tight and there's really no need to guy it unless in a severe storm. Two legs snap out of the housing and extend and there's two holes at the bottom to stake if you want. I crank it out a couple feet and I can just reach up from my slider step and unclip the two legs, swing them down and extend, and then finish cranking. Of course, the tall Sprinter would require a step ladder no matter what you had. A little less costly alternative to a Fiamma, anthracite case looks good on my van. Mounted to top ends of Yakima roof bars with adapters. They have a direct mount version, but will require Sprinter adapter which isn't available yet.
Awning was in stock locally at Cascade Racks, Bend, Or.
Comes in 8.5' x 6.5' and 10' x 8' versions (I got 10').

https://gearjunkie.com/thule-car-camping-awning

https://www.rackattack.com/other-pro...wning-10-foot/

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I installed mine today. I was able to mount it to the factory rails with the bar adapters and rail hardware from the Sprinter store. To wind to open today, but it looks good.
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Old 05-12-2018, 12:15 AM   #3
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Here are the mounts i used. They come with covers as well.
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Default Re: Thule- new awning option

I really like Thule, they make good racks.
That looks really nice on Graphite Metallic.
How hard is it to get the legs down on a high roof?

Edit: I would also like to add that Thule gives you an extra year of warranty. That’s not bad considering it’s Hundreds of dollars cheaper.

Fiamma awning 1 year warranty

Thule awning 2 year warranty

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I installed mine today. I was able to mount it to the factory rails with the bar adapters and rail hardware from the Sprinter store. To wind to open today, but it looks good.
Oh, that looks great! Wish I could have got mine down like that but I got the racks for sea kayaks.
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Old 05-13-2018, 10:25 PM   #6
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Standing on the step with the slider open, not to bad at 5'8"
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singletrac, can you give a link or specific ordering info for the mounts you used? I can't seem to find them on the Sprinter Store's web site.
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I have a Graphite Grey as well and you made me jealous!
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That is a nice looking setup.

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Standing on the step with the slider open, not to bad at 5'8"
I assume that the down legs need to be staked down or weighted for even medium wind. When over cement is a couple pails of water enough weight? My vision would be lines tied to the upper structure running down to the pail handles. Bungee cord loops could hold the pails against the lower legs to stabilize them.

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If anyone figures out a way to mount one directly to the van I'd love to see how it's done. I've got a penthouse top so no option to use a rack or factory rails.
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