The Bush Company XT Awning
The Bush company released its XT awning early in 2020 - and they've done it their way using a 'Stainless' Trussed arm instead of the more common Aluminium .
The powder coated stainless steel arms are quite a lot shorter than the majority of the competition - at approximatly 2.2m in length, They offer a smaller wing than the Ostrich or Boss awnings ( which by comparison are 2.45m in length) Resulting in a stiffer set - and a shorter back plate - making them ideal for shorter mounting points on dual cab utes. Their Maximum Mount points are at 2m - no problem if your rack or tent is strong enough to handle its twist - The Awning bracket sold by Bush co for this awning are super strong and do the job if they can fit up to your rack.
The Xt Max swings forward also through an arc at the front to a further 180 degrees, so anti twist brackets are required at the front of this awning as well. If your rack is shorter than 2m mount points we make a bracket system for this, however longer racks cannot run this awning with our brackets - so solutions will have to come from The Bush company for that. (IF you are fitting these awnings to their tents - they work really well as the tent has the mount for the awning brackets built into the sides...)
The canvas cover is of good quality and the finish quality overall has to be described as ''Excellent'.
The Intelligent design of bushed pivots and canvas bag (black) give this awning the best Quality Finish we've seen.
On the downside Its 2.2m arm length is small for Swag based camping - and the lack of Zippers for attachment of walls, or any Poles or tie down points makes it useless as a poor weather shelter.
If your not a swag camper and your never going to use walls as a wind break - the smaller size of the XT 270 makes it a market leader as seemingly no wind will budge it. ITs Rock Solid.
IF you are running the Bush Company rooftop tents (Apha and DT (Delta) Series 2020) The Xt 270 and the XT MAX are the right choice for these tents. The rebates for fitting the awning are already incorporated into the tent extrustions.
Fitting alternate Awnings to these tents can be difficult as the sprung steel poles can interfere with awnings pivoting from the 'Top' of the hinge.
The Bush Company awning is designed to be fitted straight up to the bush company tents. They make a tent to awning bracket kit that works Well as a combination and is the way to go.
While we have not seen the awning walls to suit this awning yet, they can be attached to the awning with velcro. There is no pitch pole on this awning - its top surface is quite flat -