Rhino-Rack BatWing Review/Write Up

#31
The manual says to not pack it away wet so hopefully the rain getting in the bag won’t ruin it.
That's a pretty big bummer. Like another poster above, I live in a very wet climate, and would have the awning on the truck year-round. Having it get damaged/mouldy from rain would be a deal breaker :(
 
#32
We had a bit of rain and sure enough water got in the awning. I'll try wrapping the open end with a plastic bag and see what happens.

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#33
Maybe with enough people relaying their concern to rhino rack USA about the water intrusion issue they may come out with a redesigned bag that's fully zippered.
 
#34
Thanks for the great info in this thread. Has anyone heard anymore about a solution to the moisture getting in the bag issue? Also - has anyone used the Batwing on a windy, sandy, beach? I like going oversand with my kids and this would be a great way to extend our day if it works well in sand. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

One more thought- Anyone got any leads on where to pick up one of these used- in case the moisture was deal breaker for someone and they decided to move on to something else? - looking for a deal. lol
 
#35
My initial report from another thread:
My Batwing, also from ETrailer, arrived with the box beat up. The cover had a small tear at that end and the washer/nylon nut for the hinge bolt was not connected and floating around the box. Assuming the shipping companies will not improve I agree that a beefier box is called for. As for ETrailer, I received excellent service from them.

On another note, the awning snapped two of the Delrin hinges on its first desert deployment. No fault of the awning, a sudden 40+ mph gust before adequate staking caught everybody off guard. After getting help unwinding it off the top of my truck shell I packed it back in the bag. Rhino Rack includes two replacement hinge pieces so this is obviously nothing new. I’ll report back on the fix...when I finally get to it.
 
#36
Maybe with enough people relaying their concern to rhino rack USA about the water intrusion issue they may come out with a redesigned bag that's fully zippered.
I am not even sure now if water is getting in solely thru that open end. It looks like it may be coming in from the cloth portion of the cover as well. I am hoping batwing will address the issue.

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#37
I am not even sure now if water is getting in solely thru that open end. It looks like it may be coming in from the cloth portion of the cover as well. I am hoping batwing will address the issue.

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I was thinking he same as well, but when water accumulates on the open end it runs down the legs and awning material and ends up all the way up front.