I’m going back and forth between the Kinsmen and the Alucab - I hear @jedgar will be making a bracket for the Alucab soon so am leaning towards that. I like the weight a lot better and it’s still a great looking awning.
I can go down to my local shop and put hands on the shadow awning. I can’t do that for the Kinsmen. AluCab shadow is really nice and has all the guy lines, poles, tent stakes, rain post - all integrated. This will be my 270 if I get one.
Several of the alu-cab canopy campers come with the awning already installed … those gears shouldn’t be turning but turn they do…
I thought so until I saw an alu cab awning all mangled up (on the internet)
Buy once, cry once.
Saddest thing to see is your awning all folded over the wrong way on your rig when you get back from a short ride or hike and the winds pick up before you get back.
You have a good point. Just ordered the Kinsmen… now I can pray for impatient people so my build date gets moved up.
Are you saying the AluCab awnings are worse than the Kinsmen? They look darn near identical to me with the difference being there are probably more AluCabs out there than Kinsmen. Not saying one way or the other, but I am genuinely curious.
The alucab has a built in leg, rain pusher outer, and guy lines for wind should you need it - but is sold as a stand alone 270. I can go to the local shop and hang my body weight on their demo and it is all good. I have never even seen a picture of a kinsmen on a v2…
Not being argumentative but buy once, cry once … seems like you are stating a strong preference and I am curious as to why.
I can’t speak for @Medicfung but I liked the Kinsmen better out of the gate. I liked the idea of a stand alone that didn’t need poles and guy lines that I would eventually trip over or clothes line myself (haha - who is going to save the medic?). I read about the concerns with the weight, so started looking at Alucab. As I digest, I realize most of these campers are going on smaller trucks where the extra weight is probably more of a concern… I’ve got a 2500 full size truck so decided what with only about a $500 price difference at that price point, I might as well bite the bullet and get what I was leaning towards in the first place.
I don’t get my GFC until late July, so will only have a short wait time after that for the Kinsmen.
My personal opinion is the kinsmen is built more sturdy as a leg less awning. Just looking at the arms that span across, they’re ladder style. the cloth material is superior, auto lock open, holes on each arm for legs if you so desire, edges have brass eyelets and taped for guy lines.
And made in USA, which counts for some of us
I just got mine a few days ago and going to install it today - will update once I have the tent mounted again.
This is amazing news! Hoping mine will be done soon too. What build number kinsmen were you?
Order #181. It came in on May17th, and ordered November 1st.
Thank you! I ordered the same day, #184! Ok, this is even better news since I haven’t received any word since the last email with the spreadsheet. Did you get a shipping notice or did it just show up randomly one day?
I got a shipping notice on May 13th. I live relatively close, so it was only a few days until it arrived. I’d bet you receive the email next week
You probably have some idea of how excited i am, living in so cal with a camper and no shade is a massive fail
Totally understand. I’m in Florida, with lots of overland trips/beach days coming up for the summer…it’s almost a necessity to have one.
I ordered back in February expecting the 3 month lead time, I guess I still have a few more months to go 🥲
That’s what my wife said to me… you spend all this money and your worries about that now?. I own a shadow awning and it was ripped off my at overland awning brackets. Awning was fine… since then I won’t hang it without a rear hinge bracket cause it needs it on high winds.
I don’t think they have a good handle on the lead times due to what’s already been mentioned above. I ordered mine in late November and am still waiting. I’d like to stay optimistic about it getting here soon but who knows
Well, I finally got my shipping notice! I was one of the first to order back in November, based on my order number and the spread sheet we get via email.
Next Friday is my day, so stoked! Summer time with my own shade in southern California sun!
Shipping notice from kinsmen this am, my awning arrives this Friday! I can’t express how excited I am to be finally getting this. Summer is here in so cal and it’s freaking hot before 10am, so having your own shade is vital for extended chill sessions next to your rig