The innovators over at Darche have taken the humble awning to the next level with their Eclipse 270° Awning.
Designed to be freestanding for pack and up and set down only, this bad boy can be set up with just one person. This awning is hinged at both ends and goes along the length of the car as well as the rear. Made from Darche’s famous heavy duty proofed poly cotton ripstop canvas, a light and strong box tube alloy rafter system, and a heavy-duty steel and alloy swivel hinge system – the Eclipse 270° is built solidly from start to finish.
This awning mounts onto the passenger side of your car, and the mounting brackets that are included will be suited to most commercially available steel basket and flat rack set ups. If you add on the optional side walls, you can get up to 20.5m2 of shelter around your vehicle. Each optional side wall can be set up as a wind/weather break or upright awning extension. This allows it to extend an extra 4.2m with the two pivoting alloy telescopic poles.
If you want to fully kit out your 4WD with some shade, then the Eclipse 270° from Darche is ideal for serious tourers and campers alike.
I am cosidering fitting one of these to my troopy
As the Darche Eclipse 270 Awning is designed to be free-standing, pegs aren't included.
3x pivoting alloy telescopic poles are included and purposely fitted under awning arms for easy access and stowing.
Beyond this, each rafter has a purpose drilled hole where you can attach separately available alloy telescopic poles.
There is currently no purpose-built light strips available, however, it wouldn't be hard to make something up from other options such as the Korr range which is available here.
Looking at mounting on the side of my caravan, wondering what height it can be mounted and can it be attached to flat to the caravan wall? Thanks
I've just spoken to Darche and the maximum height of the awning poles is around 2.5m and the height of the side walls is around 2.3m. These measurements are probably best to determine how high you want to mount your awning.
In regards to mounting flat to your van, this would require a bit of work as the awning is attached via a track and you will need some way of tightening the bolts from behind the track. You'd also need to ensure there is enough room for the awning hinges to swing to a complete 270 degrees.
What is the required between the mounting points where it mounts to the vehicle (roof bars)
I've just spoken with Darche and while they haven't specified anything, their recommendation is to ensure the roof rack bars are no further than 45cm from each end of the Eclipse 270 Awning.
If you sit under the awning on a sunny day will it block UV rays as some of them don't and mean you need to make sure you have sunscreen on at all times
No UV Protection Rating has been provided by Darche for the Eclipse 270 Awning, so I am unable to answer your question directly. However, the fabric is 320gsm poly cotton ripstop canvas which is a pretty thick fabric, and depending on the sun even goes as far as to block light coming through.
Once the awning is open, how are the 2 end corners connected to the car?
From my research, the Darche 270 Awning is designed to be freestanding and you're not required to attach the ends to your vehicle unless weather/conditions determine the need to do so. When the need arises, you're able to use tie down straps which can be fixed to your roof racks or vehicle (as shown in the photos).
What are the dimensions of the sections and do the support attaching to tents like rv5?
If you flick through to the last image on our website (use the down arrow to scroll through the photos), you'll get an image that shows all the dimensions of the Darche Eclipse 270 Awning.
Unfortunately, as the Eclipse 270 Awning is made by Darche and the RV5 is made by OzTent, there is no known way at this stage on whether it is possible to connect or integrate them together.
On the back of the awning where it is mounted to the roofrack, what is the distance between these two tracks?
I don't have one of these in stock to check for you sorry. I have contacted Darche and they think it is 112mm, but they are getting back to me, hopefully today, with confirmation of this.
I'll get back to you as soon as I hear from them.
Hey Ed, they got back to me quickly, just confirming that the distance between the two tracks on the Darche Eclipse 270 Awning (i.e. the track that the bolt head slides into) is 112mm. Hope this answers your questions.
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