off-brand awnings?

Model97

Member
There are a number of lower cost RT awnings available on Amazon. Looking at the pictures they look identical or nearly identical to a number of name-brand options (ARB, Frontrunner) . Wondering if these are mainly buy-resell from all of the vendors? Does anyone have experience with them? Thanks.

https://www.amazon.com/6-5L-Awning-Front-Extension-Truck/dp/B071XX7NZ1/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1522499908&sr=8-7&keywords=suv+awning

https://www.amazon.com/Outsunny-Car-Awning-Portable-Retractable/dp/B071QZ6KJX/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1522499908&sr=8-9&keywords=suv+awning
 

krick3tt

Adventurer
Apparently there are a lot of available options. Except for the fact that it comes in a soft cover option they look good.
 

shifty98

Observer
I am very interested in this as well. What are other's experiences with such alternatives? Are there any with the potential to enclose all 4 sides?
 

FrenchieXJ

Expedition Leader
If you ask the vendors at the shows what happens (this includes the overland expo in Flagstaff). I can give you my experience. You have a product on display and some Chinese come up with their cameras and take hundreds of pictures of your product from inches away to every which angle. maybe one has some English skill asking question, not you normal questions asked. They take any display item not nailed and glued down. You notice a year later you see the cheaper copy of your product on the market. This is not just one couple but more then one who do this.

Your product may have a patent on it, but that means nothing to them, You could try and stop it through the courts, but you need millions for the process. The mean time they keep selling the cheap stuff taking your profits for your developing your item. In most cases the cheap Chinese product is maybe OK and work to a point. You in you heart know it is not as good but it will work for a while and is cheaper. As a example; Those cheep bag chairs that sell for $5 .99 to 19.99 You know that by the end of the second season (if your lucky) you have to replace it. Buying a better chair will be much more comfortable and last many years or more and cheaper in the long run.

Back to the awnings. What happens when a big gust of wind hits the awning and it is torn to shreads. try and by replacement parts. I guess that you can buy a complete cheap one again.
 
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sn_85

Observer
Not worth it IMO. You can pick up an ARB awning on a discount for a great price. You're throwing away money by buying one of those cheap knock-off awnings.

 

NMC_EXP

Explorer
I use a canvas tarp, tied to the roof rack, supported by Cabelas adjustable tent poles, guy ropes and tent stakes.
 

Nd4SpdSe

Adventurer
I got a Sunday Campers Chinese awning. It's going on 3 years that I've had it. It did get caught in the wind during deployment and blew out the hinges. They use the same ones at Foxwing and I ordered the SuperFlex from Darche in Australia as replacements.
 

JPaul

Observer
If you ask the vendors at the shows what happens (this includes the overland expo in Flagstaff). I can give you my experience. You have a product on display and some Chinese come up with their cameras and take hundreds of pictures of your product from inches away to every which angle. maybe one has some English skill asking question, not you normal questions asked. They take any display item not nailed and glued down. You notice a year later you see the cheaper copy of your product on the market. This is not just one couple but more then one who do this.

Your product may have a patent on it, but that means nothing to them, You could try and stop it through the courts, but you need millions for the process. The mean time they keep selling the cheap stuff taking your profits for your developing your item. In most cases the cheap Chinese product is maybe OK and work to a point. You in you heart know it is not as good but it will work for a while and is cheaper. As a example; Those cheep bag chairs that sell for $5 .99 to 19.99 You know that by the end of the second season (if your lucky) you have to replace it. Buying a better chair will be much more comfortable and last many years or more and cheaper in the long run.

Back to the awnings. What happens when a big gust of wind hits the awning and it is torn to shreads. try and by replacement parts. I guess that you can buy a complete cheap one again.
Who has this actually happened to? So far every knock off that is actually really close to the official product I've seen has been something that was already being made in China for the "manufacturer", then the Chinese just take seconds or run them using cheaper parts and/or no branding and sell them.

The Chinese do this on just about everything that is made there, from electronics to clothing to hardware to you name it. The snorkel for my H3 I get from China is virtually exactly the same as the Safari/ARB one because it is actually made there, not Australia. Only real difference is they made a mold without the branding engraved into it. Technically it's a knock off, but it is functionally and materially the same exact product, just no branding.

Probably the same with the awnings, they are probably put together using the same exact parts as the ARB's, but probably from clear back when they first came out and before updates and fixes were made to their construction.

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FrenchieXJ

Expedition Leader
It happened to a company I was working with! The products were not made in China so they were not re-branded. That is as far as I will go.
 
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