|It's a tent-like structure designed to expand RV living space. Reportedly, the fit has been optimized for a Sprinter. Photo from the Let's Go Aero website.|
However, I question why a solid nylon enclosure would be needed. It certainly won't hold a bit of heat with it being the massive size it is (said the old backcountry tent camper), and while it might protect its occupants against rain, its deployment leaves the open doors (either rear pair or slider, depending on where it is installed) vulnerable to getting their inside finished surfaces soaked and ruined. One would have to develop some serious door protectors if it were to be used in rainy conditions. And that would add cost and weight. Plus a DIY commitment of time and materials because there's no product like that on the market right now.
|I made stop-gap protectors for our Sprinter out of heavy-mil contractor trash bags that slip over the door tops, but obviously they don't protect 100% of the door. When I first posted this pic on the Air Forums Small Space Living thread, I prefaced it "Caution: Content may trigger intense Jeff Foxworthy flashbacks."|
I'd prefer to see more practical awning expansion options take the place of something like the ArcRV. A permanently-affixed awning is already delivered with almost every Class B that is sold today, but it never has been properly exploited for its living space expansion potential (the expansion products that are on the market were not optimized for Class Bs or vans - they are generally too large, too heavy, too cumbersome, and they don't fit). That's why I created an awning screen that actually could be used as an overnight camping structure in both fine weather and in certain light rain scenarios (as long as it wasn't a blowing, stormy rain) without leading to the ruination of the inside finish of the slider.
|You might get away with leaving the slider open, although you'd have to be mindful of the passenger pillar perhaps getting wet... maybe you'd want to supplement with a nylon ground cloth positioned in that area for added protection.|
|Plus it weighs only one-tenth as much.|
|Sometimes it takes its own bloody time, though.|