Here's an easy to follow guide on how to best install and remove Bush Pegs™
NEW POLY PULL DOWN STRAPS
For those of you who don't like tying knots!
After extensive testing of our new Bush Peg Awning Pull Down Straps we have now released this new awesome tie down kit. We have taken on board that some travellers out there don't like tying knots. These NEW awning straps are specificially designed to accommodate our Bush Pegs, they are also custom made to suit RV awnings. No more knot tying or worrying if your adjustable slide or dodgy knot has become loose. The straps are made in WA from heavy duty webbing and the cam buckle is high quality and holds tight.
Tie the traditional way 90° at each post or at 45° as above.
If using our trace spring, loop the strap through the spring first then attach the trace spring ring.
The kits come with a handy roll up pouch to keep all your gear in one spot.
Installation of our NEW Poly straps
(using trace spring)
NOTE: The shorter part of the strap with the cam buckle fixed goes to the top.
1) If using our trace spring, loop the strap through the end ring forming a "choke" knot. Otherwise use a "s" hook or quality carabiner.
2) Loop the othe end of the strap over the awning spindle. Same as 1, use a hook or carabiner if you like.
3) Feed the attached trace spring through the loop forming another "choke".
4) Place the trace spring ring over the Bush Peg
5) Pull the strap out to desired location and belt the Bush Peg in.
6) Pull the strap tight, job done. Crack a cold one!
Installation without a trace spring
1) Form a choke with the short end of the strap arounf your awning spindle.
2) Loop the other end of the strap over the Bush Peg.
3) Pull the strap out to desired location and belt the Bush Peg in.
4) Pull the strap tight, job done. Crack a cold one!
NOTE: If you don't want to secure the strap by looping as above simply use a "S" hook or good quality carabiner.
We have specifically targeted RV awnings in the following instructions but the same principle applies to tents, car awnings or anything that needs a sturdy anchor.
4lb hammer or Gimpy and the knowhow of a truckies hitch!We've even given you a step by step guide on how to tie one.
Cold can of Bush Chook (right) or any other brew (okay it’s not a tool but you have to hydrate on the major projects!)
4lb Hammer or Gimpy
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GOOD OLE BUSH CHOOK
WHAT SORT OF GROUND CAN THE BUSH PEGS™ BE INSTALLED?
BUSH PEGS™ are ideally suited to medium to firm ground. If the ground is very sandy or soft, adequate anchoring is inhibited and further precautions need to be undertaken.
Awning legs in or out?
There has been much debate over the years on what method is best, legs in or out? It’s really up to you but here at Bush Chook RV & Leisure if the conditions are right we usually leave ours out, here’s a couple of reasons why we prefer this method.
1) Using BUSH PEGS™ you can tension the guy ropes extra tight without using a trace spring and the awning legs are anchored solidly to the ground. As long as your BUSH PEGS are anchored solid and you have the correct guy rope tension your awning is not going to move. 2) Having the legs out also means you’re not ducking around the awning leg at each end of your RV. These can be deadly after an extended happy hour!
3) Of course if you're putting your annex or privacy screens up the legs will have to be out anyway.
Quick pack it up before anyone notices!
follow our steps and you will avoid this
We have seen the aftermath of a decent wind gust that destroyed a neighbours RV awning. They had the standard setup most RV’ers use for tying down an awning, four steel tent pegs/guy ropes with adjustable slides. The end result was considerable damage to the caravan plus the awning was totalled. Skinny steel pegs and small trace springs were no match for the wind gusts this awning encountered, they all pulled straight out!
If the ground is firm you can tie off directly to the BUSH PEG™ using a truckies knot (above)
In situations where the ground is soft or unpredictable we leave the legs attached but still tie the awning down. Of course if strong winds are forecast we always bring our awning in.
NEVER set up your awning with the legs out (not attached to the van) without tying it down. This will ultimately lead to disaster.
Broken awnings are the most claimed accessory on RV's
WHERE SHOULD I POSITION THE BUSH PEG™?
If the ground is firm only one BUSH PEG™ will be required to secure each leg of the awning. Step out approximately 1.4 to 1.5 metres (1 1/2 steps) diagonally opposite each end of your awning. We have used a tape measure as a guide here but a rough estimate will do.If the ground is very soft it is difficult to establish a decent anchor point, soft ground is very unpredictable, even after a rain event your anchor points maybe compromised. In this situation install 2 BUSH PEGS™ at 90 degrees each side of both awning legs. In these situations a trace spring can be utilised to absorb the shock from sudden wind gusts instead of exerting unwanted force on the Bush Peg.
Step out about 1.5 metres from the awning leg for the BUSH PEG™ position. This angle works well with the height of awnings (we have used a tape measure here as an example but an approximate distance is fine)
WHAT ANGLE SHOULD I PUT THE BUSH PEG™ IN?
Once you have established the BUSH PEG™ location hold the peg at approximately 45° and start belting the 20mm round bar Knobhead with a 4lb hammer (or Gimpy).
WARNING: As you are hitting metal with extreme force we recommend that you wear eye protection as metal shards may become airborne resulting in eye injury and possibly blindness. Each BUSH PEG™ has a warning stating this.
Belt the BUSH PEG™ in at about a 45° angle until buried almost to the bottom of the Knobhead. if you are using a trace spring ensure you slide the trace spring ring over the BUSH PEG™ before hitting it in
HOW FAR DO I NEED TO KNOCK THE BUSH PEGS™ IN?
In most situations the BUSH PEGS™ can be knocked in until the bottom of the Knobhead is almost flush with the ground surface. Just ensure you have sufficient space to tie the guy rope to the underside of the Knobhead if you are tying off direct.
Belt the BUSH PEG™ in as far as the underside of the Knobhead. You can keep your guy ropes super firm with a truckies knot and a heavy duty trace spring
There aren’t many situations when the BUSH PEG™ won’t penetrate the ground but if the ground is very rocky try and move the BUSH PEG™ around until you find a patch that will work. We have never encountered this problem (of not getting a peg in) for the 15 years we have been using the BUSH PEG™.
Always keep an eye on the weather and if strong winds are forecast the solution is simple. Leave your awning in!
HOW DO I SECURE THE AWNING WITH A GUY ROPE?
1) WITHOUT USING A TRACE SPRING
You can fix the guy ropes to the awning with any method you prefer but the following method has been tried and tested for the past 15 years and it has never failed. Never has a BUSH PEG™ pulled out! Although we had rarely used trace springs (as most were not strong enough), the heavy duty ones we are now using have proved to be strong enough to secure any awning without loss of tension.If you have purchased the rope kit with the pre made spliced loop, feed the rope around the awning spindle and back through the eye splice.
Extend the rope and loop it around the underside of the BUSH PEG™ impact head, at about 2/3’s the way down the rope tie a truckies knot (see below how to tie a truckies knot) then fix with a couple of half hitches.
Tying off directly using a truckies knot
Feed the guy rope around the awning spindle and through the eye splice (below)
HINT: If you are using a trace spring and a New Age Polymer slide you will have to feed the trace spring and slide through the eye splice at this point. (above)
2) WITH A TRACE SPRING
Until we tested the 200mm heavy duty trace springs supplied in our kit we had rarely used them with our BUSH PEGS™.
In some situations they have their purpose, especially in unstable ground. The purpose of a trace spring is to absorb any sudden movement from wind gusts taking the impact away from the anchor.
Our Aussie made 200mm heavy duty trace springs are made from quality spring steel and can be used with the BUSH PEG™. The trace spring is secured to the BUSH PEG™ via the trace spring ring.
An adjustable slide (above) is a common setup for many RV'ers but not our preferred method here at bush chook
We'd rather you tie a decent knot!.
If using a trace spring ensure you feed the BUSH PEG™ through the trace spring ring before banging it in! Duh.
Don't forget to feed the BUSH PEG™ through the trace spring ring before you belt it into the ground!
Once the trace spring is in place you can simply tie off as per previous instructions using a truckies knot or use a standard guy rope set up with the New Age Polymer adjustable slide.
Always check your anchor points and rope tension often if you are securing into soft or unstable ground.
The above is a typical setup when in soft or unstable ground. Two BUSH PEGS™ at 90° to each post will ensure your awning stays put. We encountered 50kph winds on this trip and the BUSH PEGS™ remained firm in the ground.
How to tie a Truckies Knot
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Truckies Knot video
What is a Truckies knot?
The truckies knot or hitch is a compound knot commonly used for securing loads on trucks or trailers. This setup, using loops and turns in the rope itself to form a basic block and tackle. The combination of knots allows the rope to be pulled tight.
The truckies hitch is one of the most useful knots used in the trucking industry. It is used by truckies to secure heavy loads in place and works equally well tying anything that needs firm rope tension including BUSH PEGS™.
Once the rope is pull to the desired tension using the pulley effect of the loop in the middle of the line, the knot is secured with a couple half hitches around one or both lines. Follow these steps and you'll be a knot pro in no time.
Here’s a great link to a great video to better explain the truckies knot: https://youtu.be/n8cb7d_b8w0
Bush Chook Step by step guide
1) Extend the rope and loop it around the underside of the BUSH PEG™ Knobhead. At about 3/4’s the way down the rope, cross the rope over the taught line, keeping the rope to the right side.
2) With you right hand pull the taught rope upwards creating a loop above the point you first crossed.
3) Create a loop about 50mm long and cross over the taught rope.
4) With the bottom part of the taught rope, wind around the loop twice.
5) Put your thumb in the loop then pull the rope downwards, this will put tension on the loop knot.
6) Pull the rope back down and loop around the Bush Peg and pull tight.
7) Ensure the rope is taught and tie off with a half hitch knot.
8) Repeat with another half hitch knot. Well done you’ve successfully accomplished a truckies knot.
HOW DO I UNDO THE TRUCKIES KNOT?
Simply undo the 1/2 hitch knots and pull on the slack part of the rope and the truckies knot pulls straight out. Easy as Bro!
Removing the BUSH PEGS™
This is where the BUSH PEG™ is unlike any other peg out there. Because the BUSH PEG™ is made from such strong material, its super rigidity is the key to easy removal.
All you need to do is untie your guy rope and belt the Knobhead of the Bush Peg sideways. Just give the Knobhead a firm blow to the right and left, then pull the BUSH PEG™ out. Easy as bro!
Belting any normal peg like this will bend the shit out of them, but because of the BUSH PEGS™ super rigidity and its big impact Knobhead it actually loosens all of the ground material around the BUSH PEG™ making removal easier than ripping the scab off a cold can. See pics below.
Beat it again, Pull it!
1) A firm blow on the knobhead from the left
2) A blow on the knobhead from the right
3) Rip her out, easy
ENJOY YOUR TRAVELS!
We know that your BUSH PEGS™ will keep your gear safe and secure and will last you a lifetime. Maybe we'll see you on the road, we'd love to catch up and we are always open to hearing your feedback on our BUSH PEGS™. Plus of course share a cold can of Bush Chook at happy hour! Cheers & Safe travels