Awning question ???

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  1. huntersforge

    huntersforge Read Only Funster

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    I have decided to put an awning on my swift royale 610 and have more or less opted for a fiamma make as I have many other fiamma items and they have served me well.
    My questions are as follows: The joint/seam joining the roof to the side panel just above the side door has at one time opened up and been repaired. Will the fitting of an awning put any extra strain on this repair ??
    Also what would be the best length to go for ?? I was thinking of around 4m but will bow to higher intelligence on the subject.
    Thanks in advance . HF
     
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    i cant see the awning having any real effect on the repair as the plywood sheet behind the outer skin will still be intact and goes beyond the wall/roof panel joint.

    if you plan on fitting it yourself be aware its not a one man job....ideally two to hold it in place and a third person to do up the fixings indoors.

    carefully plan and measure where it will go before drilling the sidewall...the last thing you want is a fixing plate where there isnt a cupboard/wardrobe to hide it in or, worse still, into the end of a cupboard wall :Doh:

    length....i'd go for the longest that will fit flat to the side of the van...no major gaps or water will run down between the awning and van wall.

    most importantly.....dont overtighten the fixings or you will crush the sidewall, its only thin plywood inside and out (under the outer skin) and a foam core. just tight enough to be firm and secure.
     
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    Pappajohn . Thanks for the advice . I will make sure and enlist the help of my bro,s when it comes fitting time :thumb:
     
  4. Johns_Cross_Motorhomes

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    4 metres are expensive to ship, go for a 3.5m it is cheaper as well, if you need any advice on fitting have a chat to Glen my service manager or Ian

    Peter
     
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    if you do fit yourself i recommend getting some of the micro-bore gas pipe , choose a size that the fixing bolts go threw and same size drill for the outside diameter , mark and drill holes in body panel then insert gas pipe so its flush on one side then mark where its flush on the other cut and you now have a sleeve you can insert in the hole with your mastic and this stops the wall been crushed when tightening up the fixings:thumb:
     
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    Why not get to a show (Lincoln this weekend) and get the fitting free:thumb:
     
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    Now thats wise advice . I like it !!:thumb:
     
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    I fitted an omnistore awning on to my old Mercedes it is fitted by plates that are fixed through the wall with a plate on the inside at each mounting point
    so it should not put extra stress on the repair it will force the outer and inner panels together (four mounting points on the 4M long Omnistore )


    hope this helps
     
  9. Terry

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    Is it only me that was brave enough to simply stick (sikaflex) and self tap the fixings to the outer wall :BigGrin: Never moved or leaked after 10,000 miles and as far as I know is still on the van :Wink:
    terry
     
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    Yes it is.
     
  11. Terry

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    :Rofl1: I did find the uprights to tap into :Wink::BigGrin:
    terry
     
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