Better Than a BatWing
When both the side and rear awnings are setup, the coverage area is similar to a batwing awning. But, our awnings handle wind better than a batwing, weigh a lot less, and are not hanging off the side of the Jeep where they can snag branches or be stolen. Our awnings produce zero wind noise and don't hit gas mileage. And, they cost less.
The side awning is unique because you can set it up on either side of the Jeep. The Hatchet Camper already has the mounting track built-in on both sides. Now you don't have to park the Jeep in a specific direction just to set up the awning. And, if you stay somewhere all day, you can move the awning to the other side in minutes as the sun comes around.
As shown here, the awning is set up for a sunny day. There's more than 6' of headroom, and both side doors will open.
The rear awning sets up really quickly and provides shelter over the tailgate area. It is supported by poles that telescope out from the camper frame. And, you can put it away under the rear skirt of the camper tent. (See below.)
Stowing thE Side Awning
The side awning stows away in a stuff sack that will fit almost anywhere inside the Jeep. The awning poles stow away under the frame rails of the camper, as shown. (Tent fabric tucked away for clarity.) Stowing the awning takes 2 or 3 minutes.
Stowing The Rear Awning
The rear awning tucks away out of sight under the rear skirt of the camper. The poles retract under the frame of the camper. It takes just a couple of minutes to put away the awning.
Setting Up For Wind
A big benefit of this awning is that it can be easily repositioned to better shelter you from the wind. Just move one pole, and you can lower one end of the awning into the wind, without re-staking.
The edges of the awning have a slight curve. When tension is applied at the corners of the awning, the curve evenly distributes the tension throughout the fabric. This keeps it from fluttering in the wind.
Setting up for Rain
The awning can also be easily repositioned to drain rain. Moving an outboard pole to the end allows the outboard corner to drain rain. You don't have to move the stakes to do this.
Setting Up For Snow
If you are expecting snow, you can remove the poles entirely and set the awning at a slope. The fabric is coated with silicone, so it is slippery. Snow will slide off. In warmer weather, someone could use this set as a tent and sleep under it.