Yes I'm aware of them, most of them hang completely below the grab bar on straps - this one hangs over the top of the bar so perhaps could be designed to take up less knee space than those bags.There are already several out there, a handful on Amazon and I think Blue Ridge Overland makes one. Search jeep grab handle pouch and you can see the various oferings
To eliminate the guy lines, an expanding structure similar to that of a typical canopy could be used:I like the idea. I can see this as something I would buy. Its something that can even be used even when your not camping. It would be good idea for tailgating. A lot of people don't need or want the complexity or expense of awnings that need to be attached to racks. Looks like it will store easily and have minimal set up time. The only thing I don't like about it are the cords to stake it down. It would be nice if it could work within the footprint of the awning without the cords.
To support a structure angling down to the bumper, a much stronger attachment to the roof would be required to overcome the leverage the awning would exert.I’d like to see an awning that uses poles that go back to the bumper of the Jeep for support instead of requiring guy wires and ground stakes. Something like RV awnings use.
Back when the Brute Double Cab was hot, I did a some design work on a Safari roof for it. This concept has roll-up sides around the bed.
I understand the need for the lines I just would want more of a compact space if used for tailgating. I like what was suggested about the poles connected to the bumper. Then the lines could be dropped vertically making less of a tripping issue and able to use in tighter spaces. Just a thought.To eliminate the guy lines, an expanding structure similar to that of a typical canopy could be used:
But even those canopies come with stakes for the bottom of the poles and with guy lines because they'll take off with a moderate wind, so the guy lines probably couldn't be eliminated in all situations.
To support a structure angling down to the bumper, a much stronger attachment to the roof would be required to overcome the leverage the awning would exert.
I thought about adding more structure, but it would start to get heavy and bulky to store so I decided that with the minimal storage space available in a Jeep a simpler design would be best. Adding structure to it, while perhaps making it marginally easier to set up, would make it larger and heavier and harder to carry in a storage-limited Jeep.
When stowed, this awning takes up very little space, here are all the parts. I'll make a storage bag for them.
Hopefully I'll have time to set it up outside today and take some better photos, stay tuned.