Ute Awnings – Is it worth making your own?
If you are struggling to find a ute awning that meets your specific needs, it may or may not be worth making your own. It may only be worth making your own if you have a precise reason why a standard awning won’t work in your situation and also if you are quite handy.
Here are some advantages of making your own:
- Cover in any space – You could create awnings that can cover a much smaller or larger space. There may be a particular space that you are trying to cover that standard awnings will not fit.
- Use items you already own – You may be able to use existing materials you have available such as tarp, string or old tent poles, making the whole process most cost effective.
- Don’t worry about mounting the awning – You might be able to avoid the process of attaching the awning to your vehicle for transportation and then worrying about wether it is attached correctly for your trip. You might be able to transport all the bits and pieces that make up the awning separately and set it all up when you get to your destination.
Here are some disadvantages of making your own:
- No financial benefit – If you don’t have materials already available, there will most likely be no financial benefit; There are many emerging brands that have created some fabulous products for a reasonable price. By the time you buy things like tarp, poles and string separately you may have spent as much as an already made awning that has been tried and tested. Then, you would start the process of putting it together.
- Harder to use – A lot thought has gone into the ease of use of most awnings commercially available these days. The small time required for setting these up seems to be the main point raised in advertisements. I must admit, I am one for finding the easiest options when it comes to setting up camp.
- Dealing with the elements – Many commercial awnings for 4 wheel drives have been tested under many different conditions. They are proven to provide cooling shade but some are also great at providing shelter from rain, even in high winds. Creating and testing a similar quality awning at home would be moderately harder.
Ute awnings – what would you need to make your own
So, if you are still interested in making your own awning, here is what you would need before starting:
- A good quality canvas or tarp, cut into the required shape and size;
- Some adjustable telescopic poles or tent poles for every corner of your tarp;
- Rope for securing the tarp to the poles and for anchoring the awning;
- Tent pegs for holding the awning in place;
So in conclusion, I would personally advise against creating your own ute awnings unless you really know what you’re doing or have a specific purpose in mind. With the many options available on the market today you are likely to find something that meets your needs sooner than creating your own.