1) Dometic/A&E “add-
When I bought the van in 2010, it came with a heavy box full of an awning accessory: full screen and panel enclosure. The awning is considered rare today, and from my research, the factory enclosure is even rarer than the awning itself.
This enclosure has a one-
This enclosure is worth its heavy weight when winter camping! It totally blocks cold wind and heats up right quick with a propane-
2) Bus Depot EZY-
Two side panels and one front panel, bought from BusDepot.com. These panels are for Bus Depot’s EZY Awning (the smaller, 8’ version), but I’ve adapted it to fit the Trans-
Anyway, if any other TA2000 owners are wanting a screen enclosure, the Bus Depot EZY-
“Yardbug” on TheSamba posted in March 2011 that he bought a TA2000 awning at a junkyard that had blue fabric. He had a brown van with a “new” blue awning; I had a blue van with a brown/tan awning. I offered to do a fabric swap, so we did!
Because the case opens down and the brackets are 45° angle versions, the awning tray interferes with the sliding door. In order to keep it held up while the awning is deployed, two cam straps are used, one at each end. I’ll be changing this to integrated chains or wire in the future. Update: Small metal chain now being used, as seen at right; much easier to use and does a more effective job. Chain hooks into small hole (already there from previous owner) and into the accessory track on the back of the case. I also removed the tension springs; this reduced the weight of the awning and makes it a lot easier to roll up. The downside is that the awning is a tad more annoying to deploy by myself.
This awning was bought and was subsequently installed on the van when it was purchased new in 1990 by the original owner.
Type: Aluminum case with vinyl fabric
Setup: Two horizontal rafters, two vertical legs
Length: 8 feet
Mounting: Three rain gutter brackets (Van Adapter Kit, #930035); 2 optional side brackets for the legs
Availability: No longer made; its replacement, the "Catalina", is also no longer made. If you wish to have a similar awning to the TA2000, your options are the ARB awning ($$), or Eezi-
I'm sorry to report, that I got fed up with the Trans-
Model: 45S, silver case with blue vinyl fabric
Length: 8 feet
Mounting: Two Rocky Mountain Westy Fiamma brackets (the C pillar bracket put too much torque on the B pillar bracket due to the curve of the van).
Modifications: Crank handle shortened to about 2 feet; adhesive foam door/window seal added underneath the stowed legs to prevent rattling; side leg brackets not installed in favor of using weights and tie-
Photos coming soon.
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