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Does Yakima SlimShady Awning Require Crossbars to Install


Hi, is it possible to install the awning on bar that is parallel to the awning? It seems the only option is to install on the crossbars but I don’t have crossbars on my arb roof rack. Thanks.


Expert Reply:

The Yakima SlimShady Awning - Roof Rack Mount - Clamp On # Y36VR does require a pair of crossbars with at least 24" of spread in order to mount. As you can see by the cut out of the instructions I added, this is how it secures to your vehicle's roof and would not work on a bar parallel to the awning.

There is an option for an awning that does not mount to a roof rack, the Thule HideAway Awning - Direct Mount - Waterproof - 55 sq ft # TH490018 and Thule HideAway Awning - Direct Mount - Waterproof - 80 sq ft # TH490011.

As you can see by the linked installation details these awnings do attach directly to your vehicle; I recommend taking a look at the instructions so you can see exactly how it works.

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