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How does the 270 awning in the wind?

Testing the Durability of the INNature 270 Awning in Australia’s Harsh Climate

 

Australia’s harsh climate and extreme elements can be the ultimate test for your 270 awning. Wind, rain, snow, hail, sun, heat, and extreme heat are all part of the Australian weather experience. With such a wide range of conditions, it’s crucial to have an awning that can withstand it all. Our INNature 270 awning (the D270) is designed to last the distance, ensuring you can enjoy it in any scenario for many years to come.

 

The Importance of Durability

 

There is nothing more disappointing than opening a brand-new awning at the beach only to have it break because it can’t stand up to a slight beach breeze. That’s why we’ve put our 4WD awnings through rigorous testing to ensure they can handle the toughest conditions.

 

Common Questions About the D270 Awning

 

Because our 4WD awnings are big and provide massive coverage, one of the most common questions we get asked about our INNature 270 awning is, “How does it go in the wind?” This is followed closely by, “What’s the wind rating on these things?” In this blog, we’ll answer these questions and share some real-world scenarios where our customers have used their INNature 270 and 180-degree freestanding awnings.

 

Wind Resistance and Stability

 

  1. Wind Performance
    • Designed for Stability: The D270 awning is engineered to provide exceptional stability even in windy conditions. Its robust construction and reinforced arms ensure that it remains secure and steady, reducing the risk of damage or collapse.
    • Wind Rating: Our awning has been tested to withstand winds up to 40 km/h (25 mph) without additional support. For stronger winds, we recommend using guy ropes and pegs to secure the awning further, ensuring maximum stability and safety.
  2. Customer Experiences
    • Beach Breezes: Many of our customers have successfully used the D270 awning at the beach, where it has stood up to moderate breezes without any issues. The awning’s design allows it to flex slightly in the wind, reducing strain on the structure.
    • Outback Adventures: In the Australian outback, where winds can be unpredictable and strong, the D270 has proven to be a reliable shelter. Customers have reported that with proper setup and securing, the awning remains stable even in challenging conditions.

 

Weather Resistance

 

  1. Rain and Snow
    • Waterproof Fabric: The D270 awning is made from high-quality, waterproof fabric that ensures you stay dry even during heavy rain. The fabric is treated to repel water, preventing leaks and maintaining a comfortable shelter.
    • Snow Load: In snowy conditions, the awning’s reinforced arms and durable fabric can support moderate snow loads. However, it’s essential to clear accumulated snow regularly to prevent excessive weight on the structure.
  2. Sun and Heat
    • UV Protection: The awning fabric provides excellent UV protection, shielding you from harmful rays and keeping the area beneath cool. This is particularly important in Australia’s intense sun, where prolonged exposure can be dangerous.
    • Heat Resistance: The D270 awning is designed to withstand extreme heat, with materials that resist fading and weakening over time. This ensures the awning remains functional and attractive even after prolonged exposure to high temperatures.

 

Real-World Scenarios

 

  1. Camping Trips
    • Versatile Use: Whether you’re setting up camp in the mountains, by the sea, or in the desert, the D270 awning provides a versatile and reliable shelter. Customers have praised its ease of setup and the extensive coverage it offers, making it a favorite for various camping scenarios.
  2. Roadside Stops
    • Quick Deployment: For quick roadside stops, the D270 awning can be deployed rapidly, providing instant shade and protection. This is particularly useful for rest breaks, roadside repairs, or impromptu meals during long journeys.
  3. Extended Stays
    • Long-Term Durability: For extended stays at a single location, the D270 awning’s durability and stability shine. Customers have used it for weeks at a time, enjoying the consistent protection and comfort it offers.

 

Conclusion

 

The INNature 270 awning is built to withstand Australia’s harsh climate and extreme elements, providing reliable shelter in a variety of conditions. From wind and rain to sun and snow, the D270 awning is designed to last, ensuring you can enjoy your outdoor adventures without worry.

 

If you have any questions about the D270 awning or need further assistance, please feel free to contact us. Our team of experts is ready to provide personalized recommendations and help you find the perfect awning for your needs.

How Does Your INNature 270 Awning Perform in the Wind?


To answer this question simply and honestly, our INNature 270 awning performs exceptionally well in the wind!


Structural Reinforcement


  • Reinforced Pivot Bracket: It is structurally reinforced at the pivot bracket to withstand high winds when you’re exploring off-road at the beach or in the bush. The 4mm stainless steel pivot bracket is a critical component where much of its reinforced strength lies.
  • Strategic Strength Points: The awning has been engineered with strategic strength points, ensuring it remains stable and secure even in challenging conditions.
  • Robust Arms: Each arm is made with 4mm alloy at the base, and we have created our own extrusion that includes a double chamber and cross bar for added strength. This robust construction ensures that the awning can handle high winds without compromising its integrity.


Real-World Performance


Our INNature 270 awning has been rigorously tested in real-world scenarios to ensure its durability and performance:


  • Beach and Bush: Whether you’re at the beach or in the bush, the awning’s reinforced structure provides reliable protection against the wind.
  • Customer Experiences: Our customers have shared numerous stories of how the awning has stood up to various weather conditions, reinforcing its reputation for durability.


What’s the Wind Rating on Your INNature 270 Awning?


Due to its size and coverage (it is 12.4 sqm when open), we recommend tying down at least one corner if the wind exceeds 25-30 km/h. Here are some key points regarding its wind rating and performance:



  • Tie Down Kit: Each INNature 270 awning comes with a tie-down kit that includes guy ropes and pegs. These accessories are essential for securing the awning in windy conditions.
  • Wind Rating: While the awning can handle moderate winds on its own, it’s advisable to secure it further when winds exceed 25-30 km/h. This ensures maximum stability and safety.


Real-World Testing


We put our products to the test every time we venture out and have had the current awning on our car for over 18 months, experiencing every possible scenario imaginable:


  • Clare Valley: It stood up to hail in the Clare Valley and South Australia’s well-known crazy winds.
  • Port Neill: The awning endured 70 km/h gusts at Port Neill, on the Eyre Peninsula, proving its resilience.
  • Blue Mountains: Our customers, Rob and Georgia, reported having their D270 out in 100 km/h winds in the Blue Mountains. Their experience highlights the awning’s exceptional performance even in extreme conditions.


Handling Unpredictable Weather


Ideally, you would pack your awning away if you knew bad weather was coming. However, a lot of the time, the weather is unpredictable, and it can be too dangerous to pack down. In such cases, here’s what you can do:


Securing the Awning


  • Rope Down: Rope down each corner and the middle of each side where the D-rings are. This provides additional stability and prevents the awning from being damaged by strong winds.
  • Corner Wall Kit: We also had a corner wall kit on our awning at the time we were in Port Neill. This kit comes with a pole and offers extra stability, making it a valuable addition in windy conditions.


Conclusion


The INNature 270 awning is built to withstand high winds and harsh weather conditions, providing reliable shelter for your overlanding adventures. Its reinforced structure, robust arms, and strategic strength points ensure it remains stable and secure even in challenging environments.


By following the recommended precautions and using the provided tie-down kit, you can maximize the awning’s performance and enjoy its benefits in any weather scenario.


If you have any questions about the INNature 270 awning or need further assistance, please feel free to contact us. Our team of experts is ready to provide personalized recommendations and help you find the perfect awning for your needs.

Ready to Extend Your Shade?


In any case, and with any equipment, please take care in extreme weather and pack away if you know bad weather is coming. Alternatively, get ready for the weather and tie each corner down so you are prepared.


Additionally, if you’re leaving camp to go fishing or for a bush walk, we recommend tying your awning down. You never know what the weather will do while you’re away.


Why Choose an INNature 270 Awning?


Choosing the right awning for your 4WD adventures is crucial for comfort and protection. Here’s why the INNature 270 awning stands out:


Easy and Quick to Set Up and Use


  • Rapid Deployment: The INNature 270 awning is designed for ease of use, taking less than a minute to open. This means more time enjoying your surroundings and less time setting up.


Completely Square Design


  • Maximized Coverage: Our 4WD awnings offer square edges to provide more shade and protection from the elements. Especially at the back of the car, where the awning is completely square, you get enhanced coverage and usability.


Innovative Features


  • Unique Extendable Arms: The extendable arms are made from our own extrusion and feature a completely different design compared to anything else on the market. This innovation allows our 270 awnings to open out square, offering massive coverage and stability.
  • Strategic Design: The unique design of the arms ensures that the awning remains robust and reliable, even in challenging conditions. This means you can trust your INNature awning to perform when you need it most.


Australian Made


  • Local Materials and Labor: We take pride in using Australian materials and labor. Our 4WD awnings and accessories are 100 percent made and assembled in Australia, ensuring the highest quality and supporting local industries.
  • Quality Assurance: By manufacturing locally, we maintain strict quality control standards, ensuring that every INNature awning meets our rigorous specifications and exceeds customer expectations.


Practical Tips for Using Your INNature 270 Awning


  1. Extreme Weather Precautions
    • Pack Away or Secure: In extreme weather, it’s crucial to either pack away your awning or secure it properly by tying down each corner. This preparation helps prevent damage and ensures your safety.
    • Unpredictable Weather: Always be prepared for sudden changes in weather. Secure your awning before leaving camp to ensure it remains intact and functional upon your return.
  2. Leaving Camp
    • Tie Down: If you’re planning to leave camp for activities like fishing or bush walking, make sure to tie your awning down. This precaution is essential as weather conditions can change rapidly and unexpectedly.


Conclusion


The INNature 270 awning is an excellent choice for anyone looking to enhance their outdoor experience with reliable and innovative shade solutions. Its quick setup, square design, innovative features, and Australian craftsmanship make it a standout option for 4WD enthusiasts.


By following the recommended precautions and securing your awning in extreme weather, you can enjoy the benefits of the INNature 270 awning for many years to come.


If you have any questions about the INNature 270 awning or need further assistance, please feel free to contact us. Our team of experts is ready to provide personalized recommendations and help you find the perfect awning for your needs.
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