AT Tacoma Habitat: Official Thread

For the awning it’s not so much the weight that is the issue, it’s the load on the panels when the awning is opened. The Hannibal designed awning is free standing and the torque goes right back to the awning brackets twisting the brackets downwards.

The solution is to spread the load as much as you can at the bracket and make sure it is spread vertically as much as possible. Mario fitted an Eezi Awn Bat 270 to the side of his Summit, which has the same base as the Habitat, using custom made brackets that are long enough to spread the force being applied to the panel.

I’m picking up my new Habitat, from Juniper Overland, in a few weeks and am curious about the Batwing/Foxwing awnings.... Is it possible to use them in a partially closed manner that would work with the Habitat, i.e. only opening the awning into a 180 configuration? Or would it be too floppy?
 
For the awning it’s not so much the weight that is the issue, it’s the load on the panels when the awning is opened. The Hannibal designed awning is free standing and the torque goes right back to the awning brackets twisting the brackets downwards.

The solution is to spread the load as much as you can at the bracket and make sure it is spread vertically as much as possible. Mario fitted an Eezi Awn Bat 270 to the side of his Summit, which has the same base as the Habitat, using custom made brackets that are long enough to spread the force being applied to the panel.

I’m picking up my new Habitat, from Juniper Overland, in a few weeks and am curious about the Batwing/Foxwing awnings.... Is it possible to use them in a partially closed manner that would work with the Habitat, i.e. only opening the awning into a 180 configuration? Or would it be too floppy?

There are a couple problems with this (I’ve looked into it):

1) the Habitat has external air struts that are pretty much in the way when it comes to mounting an awning, but it could be done with some spacers and clever bracket design/placement.

2) the awnings need pulled tight to work, so for a 270 degree awning, you’d need a way to pull a couple of the support arms together and keep them in place to keep the fabric taught. Also can be done, but would leave you with a “wad” of bunches of fabric between the two arms that you’d need to roll up and stow to keep it out of the way.
 

Martyn

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I’m picking up my new Habitat, from Juniper Overland, in a few weeks and am curious about the Batwing/Foxwing awnings.... Is it possible to use them in a partially closed manner that would work with the Habitat, i.e. only opening the awning into a 180 configuration? Or would it be too floppy?
As other people have said in their posts the issue is the gas struts that assists in the lid opening and closing, basically they will get in the way of the awning. Some people are trying to work solutions that put the awning outside of the gas strut sweep and there may be a solution there eventually. In a nutshell the 270’ awning isn’t an ideal set up with for the Habitat. We are working on alternative ways to provide more shade for everyone and are currently in the planning and design stage.
 
My idea for an awning - I used a front runner awning and bracket mounted to structural angle iron attached to the habitat rack. I had to relocate the support post, but it does work pretty well, of course moving it to the opposite side is not really worth the hassle so I have to orient how I park.






What size awning did you use
 
I would love to hear from those of you who own one and have been using it for a while now... What are your thoughts on these for the tacoma?
I currently run a snugtop rebel with a tepui rooftop tent, but I am looking at the GFC USA and Vagabond options.

Would love to hear some honest feedback.
 
I would love to hear from those of you who own one and have been using it for a while now... What are your thoughts on these for the tacoma?
I currently run a snugtop rebel with a tepui rooftop tent, but I am looking at the GFC USA and Vagabond options.

Would love to hear some honest feedback.
The biggest thing is tons and tons of room. It's kind of a hassle to put the tent away like tepui because you have to tuck everything in, except no zippers, so that's a plus, I wish there was room or straps to keep my bedding in place while closed, but that's life I suppose. If you want to be able to keep your bedding in place, you might want to go for a Vagabond since you can leave your heavy duty sleeping bags and wonderful down pillows in place. I can't say the same for GFC.
 
I love the room, I made a drawer system with a fridge slide, so I stand on this platform when inside but the whole floor is clean and open. It takes me 3 minutes from parking the truck to climbing in bed. I actually timed it one night. 3:20 minutes to drive position and drive away. The light weight is really nice also. I have 12 gallons of pressurized water and can cook inside if i have to. I have only had this unit for 6 weeks and have 22 nights out already.
 
I would love to hear from those of you who own one and have been using it for a while now... What are your thoughts on these for the tacoma?
I currently run a snugtop rebel with a tepui rooftop tent, but I am looking at the GFC USA and Vagabond options.

Would love to hear some honest feedback.
I’ve had the habitat for a little over a year and still love all the room it has. I looked at the Vagabond and GFC at Expo West and they are both good options, but I prefer the added room the Habitat gives you. Set-up is very quick and even by myself, I can take down the Habitat in about four minutes, with girlfriend, even faster. I like having the entire truck bed (6 feet) open and usable, while the “upstairs” is for sleeping.
 
I prefer the Habitat over the Vagabond because the bed stays usable when someone is still in bed.
Not sure I am following you.
I think I understand that you can sleep on the back half of the habitat, and leave the bed area open to walk around in the morning while someone else may still be sleeping?
 
I was under the impression that the vagabond covers most of the truck bed area with the sleeping bed. Where the habitat truck bed is not covered from the sleeping bed.
there's 30" uncovered, if you're avg height, sitting down your head wouldn't hit the bottom of the bed. i have a 6 foot bed so there's plenty of room. I use the habitat in exceptionally windy areas w/ the top closed. interior space is similar to the vagabond. wiring is also a lot better with more channels for looms and switch panels than the habitat. The habitat is a real pain to wire switches at the ends. The vagabond includes locations for switch panels at all 4 corners. You should probably just take a look in person before ordering anything.
 
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