Camper Awning FAQ

Shady Boy Camper - RV Awning
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So you’re interested in the great SHADY BOY AWNING?

But first you have a few more questions?

You want to make sure you get your money’s worth, right?

Read on!

Q: What colors does it come in?

A: Silver only, but other colors (Burgundy, Light Blue and Dark Blue) maybe available. Silver is a reflective material that keeps you cooler. The photo of the Shady Boy above shows the color patches.

Q: What options are available?

A: Fiberglass down-draft poles – for additional stability in high wind situations – at additional charge of only $35.00

Custom bracket – clamps to rain gutter instead of standard mount which screws to your van. Learn more here about our Shady Boy Custom Brackets

Q: What vans does it fit on?

A: VW Vanagon, Eurovan, Westfalia, Sprinter and many others!

Q: Are there any moving parts that can wear out?

A: Nope, no moving parts!

Q: How much does it weigh?

A: The lightweight Shady Boy awning weighs LESS than 15 pounds!

Q: What material are the brackets and bolts made of?

A: Stainless steel, for additional protection against rust

Q: What material is the fabric made of? Canvas, nylon, or that cheap PVC stuff?

A: It is made of a high quality nylon that is very tightly weaved. This makes the material light and yet water- proof


Q: Is it waterproof (as opposed to simply water-resistant)?

A: The material is highly water resistant but not 100% Waterproof.

Q: Is this a permanent attachment?

A: The Awning can be installed on vehicles with or without rain gutters with the standard permanent screwed-in brackets. You may also purchase our Shady Boy Custom Brackets which clamp to your rain gutters.

Q: How do I install the awning?

A: Two”U” shaped brackets are screwed to the top of your van. Brackets are provided with the awning.
Visit our Shady Boy Installation page to see the installation procedure.

Here is a photo of the “U” shaped bracket installed on a Vanagon: Awning bracket

Q: Will I need to drill it in?

A: Yes the brackets which are included have to be screwed into the roof of your van. The brackets come with double sided tape. This way you can place the awning on the roof, make sure it clears the top, and then when you have situated it properly you can then mark the holes, drill and screw. It is very easy.
If your van has rain gutters you can purchase our optional custom brackets which clamp to rain gutters. Learn more here about our Shady Boy Custom Brackets

Q: Does it come with installation instructions?

A: Yes, the instructions will explain everything for you to do the job just right. Everything from the size of the drill that you will need to how to mount the brackets. And setup is quick and easy and takes only one person.

Visit our Shady Boy Installation page to see the installation procedure.

Q: Is the awning easily removable for those times it not going to be needed?

A: Yes you can remove the awning at any time. The brackets do need to stay on your van. Also the Shady Boy Awning is small enough so it has a low profile on your van and does not need to be removed. It is also light enough (less than 15 pounds) so it will not affect your mileage. If you have raingutters you can also use our optional Shady Boy Custom Brackets which clamp to your rain gutter and are completely removable.


Q: Can you help me install it?

A: Yes, our installers in California can install one for you. We ship the awning and they install it. Visit our installer’s websites (open in new window):

Visit our Shady Boy Installation page to see the installation procedure.

Q: Can i see some more photos of the installed ShadyBoy?

A: Our customers have sent us these photos of installed ShadyBoy awnings.

Q: How much is the Shady Boy?

A: Our price is so much lower than the competition! Click here for latest pricing.

Email us the following information:

  1. Name
  2. Telephone number
  3. Shipping Address
  4. Accessory choices (down-draft poles, custom brackets)
  5. Model, Year and Type of Vehicle, and specify with or without raised roof or pop top

Thank you! We hope these answers have helped you decide to buy a SHADY BOY AWNING!

But if you do need some more clarification please do not hesitate to ask!

Best way to reach us is through our Contact Form.

Or call us and leave your phone number. Voice Mail: (815) 346-3337

SHADYBOY is a US registered trademark. SHADY BOY Umbrella is covered by a US registered patent.

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