Awning rail again

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  1. shortfuse

    shortfuse Read Only Funster

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    Hi All
    Just read a thread by Elvis about fitting a Rail on his van and I'm about to do the same . When we used the MOVELITE XL awning last year I was never happy with the straps over the roof way of fixing it so we have decided to try an awning rail . The problem I have is deciding what height to fit it at , the van is about 2.9 mtrs in height.If I fit it at about 2.8 mtrs this will miss the door opening by plenty but it will give me the problem of reaching it to feed it through , has anyone got a MOVELITE XL and what height approx is your awning rail at ? Any information would be most welcome :thumb:
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    Hi Shorty!

    I have a Movelite XL on a 2000 Dethleffs. However, I have a Fiamma 45i with a channel for the figure of 8 strip to slot into. By rolling out the awning I can easily insert the tape into the slot.

    We would need to fit a rail at 2.9 m or higher to miss the door, so our solution is preferable. Sorry I can't be of more help, but it does sound like you have a problem.

    If you added enough rail and bent it so it started somewhere low enough to reach, could you perhaps start the insert lower down, and then slide it up using a pole or something like that?

    Michael
     
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    Many thanks for that Michael I will get to a caravan shop as soon as poss and see how easy it is to "bend" into shape ( most likely get thrown out , again )
     
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    just measured the hight of our fiamma awning and its 2.4 metres from ground to awning slot.

    i used ours for the first time the other week and had to use the strap's which i didnt like either so just bought a driveaway kit.

    ours could be too low for the door to open without rubbing on it but i can live with it if it means doing away with the straps:thumb:
     
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    I fitted an awing rail for the Movelite XL as didn't like the over roof straps .. it's about 3mt high and i use a step ladder to feed it on. .. the door just clears it ..


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    Many thanks for the sizes Pappa J ,this will give me something to go on .

    Have you had any problem with any sites regarding the width ? our overall width , van plus awning , is about 7.0 mtrs and on the few C&CC sites I've been on it was pointed out that I will always have to get in touch first before booking ,dread to think what the CC will say :Sad: regards sf
     
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    Thanks Jim , I was thinking earlier about some way of extending the little two step ladder we use for the door and thought it might be a wee bit shoogley but as I only use the awning when the family come along I can always let them fit it or they can sleep below the van:BigGrin:
    best wishes sf
     
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    used it for the first time at haganaps bring and buy meet.....

    the size did suprise me though....very close to the next van across.....whoever that was, my apologies:Blush:
     
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    When I bought it I thought Van 3.0 mtrs ,awning 3.0mtrs o/a 6.0mtrs ,forgot about the "tunnel" etc:Sad:
     
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    Thanks Jim

    This is a job I will be performing, time permitting with my Royal Blenheim XL awning I tried out for the 1st time at the Stratford meet. Attached it via the existing omnistor awning as a temp measure. Stood up well in the inclement weather we had but not ideal as it allows a gap to exist because of the offset!

    Howard
     
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    fixing kit

    I must say, I still prefer the fixing kit with fig 8 than nailing anything to the MH :BigGrin:
     
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