Darche Eclipse 1.4m Awning

We went for the 1.4m Eclipse Awning by Darche. Based on a recommendation from Trekoverland.com. Not only does it look great, fitting it was super easy.

The plan for the awning is to make an additional piece to attach to the side of the tent. Creating a bat wing style coverage.

One things for sure we’ll not trip over the bright orange guy ropes.

We also bought a side wall that can slot into the outer rim of the awning or attach to the side using some velcro straps we sewed on.

The Darche Eclipse awning comes with 2 black angle brackets.

Awning Brackets

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If you’re using the Slimline rack you can mount the brackets underneath. You will need to add a few penny washers to get the bracket to sit flush against the bars T-slots.

If you’re simply mounting it onto their load bar (as I do now) they sit on top of the Front Runner load bars securing to the T-slots with 2 short nut and bolts. 

Side awning wall

This is our preferred way to mount the awning walls.

If Darche or another good quality manufacturer made a 1.5m or maybe 1.6m awning in hindsight I’d have gone for that instead. 1.4m is just long enough to allow us to open the passenger door but more clearance would be better.

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