I think all the brands in general will be fine. For my needs, price was the biggest factor (because I can buy 2 to 2.5 awnings based upon the price of others) then mounting, size, weight, and reviews. I was looking for a simple awning with some UV protection though the batwings look cool that was too much awning for my needs.Also looking into awnings. What made you choose smittybilt over ARB or 23zero or tepui?
That wheel step is a good idea. The roof is high on this thing! I usually end up standing on the back tire itself 😂I also found the wheel step to be high enough and stiff enough for loading the skybox.
Genius..pure genius! THANK YOU!!I jerry-rigged it. It came with an L bracket, U bolts and 2 sizes of bolts.
Some requirements and complications. The U bolts were not wide enough. They were really for round bars. I didnt want to drill into the crossbars which was one solution. I like the L bracket because it made it near flush and were long enough to manipulate. The Yakima slim shady brackets could be used but it sat too high and some reviews said they were weak and enough force could break it. So I bought some Thule ubolts made for the cargo baskets. I picked these because of the simple knob function and width and height. Found some flush machine screws n nuts to connect the L bracket to the thule bolts. Cut up some mouse pad to act as cushioning and grip to the crossbars. Voila, all connected and tightened down. I'll eventually get better crossbars when I buy a pop up tent. But this works for the time being. Long winded story but it took me days looking for an evasive solution. And this might help someone.
So I picked the Smittybilt because of its name, quality and right size. It just recently came out and Amazon had a 30% sale on it. Yet to test but looks good thus far. The only awning that was cheaper was the Yescom from Amazon. I could've DIY one but I needed something quick and id probably spend nearly the same and just save $40, not as good and lots of time spent building one. There's the rationale. Hope this helps.
We didn’t notice a lot of wind noise with the skybox on but it did knock 3 mpg off the average. With the skybox and awning we get about 22 mpg with the slim shady alone 25 if I’m careful with the accelerationI have one of these in my garage that I’ve been thinking of installing in the ascent . How noisy is it while driving if you don’t mind me asking ?