Awning Support Arms

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  1. Weinsbergaman

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    I've seen a few Motorhomes with the awning support arms attached to the side of the Motorhome diagonally and not in the usual free standing vertical way. Do you have to have a special fitting for this and what is the advantage?

    Thanks Antony
     
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    The side fitting brackets usually come with the wind out awning but you can buy them separately. ideal for use when the ground is too hard to peg the legs down. puts a lot of pressure on the van sides if not fitted right. have seen more than one van with them screwed to the side skirts so unsupported
     
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    We have the fittings fitted to the side of the van but have only used the legs as normal. Can't think of a reason to use the side mounts other than the ground being to hard (tarmac or concrete) to peg down the legs but I would then be very wary of clipping the feet into the plastic clips for fear of damage being done to the clips, or worse, the side of the van if the wind got up.
    Others may have other thoughts on this though......:smiley:
     
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    Just thought of another good use for using the side fitting brackets.......You can drive down to the tap to fill up the tank without winding in the awning...:wasntme::giggler::fubar:
     
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    Wow, you always amaze me how quick responses are (y) I'll have a look at the side of ours to see where the brackets would go and then weigh up if they're worth it.

    Thanks for all the info ;)

    Antony
     
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    Generally the brackets can be 150mm MAX either way out of plumb with the legs. I used spacer under the bolt heads so that the base of the leg presses against them so cannot apply pressure to the van skin.
     
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    If yours is Fiamma they are quite different and the kit is pretty good if installed to the instructions (y)
     
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    Nope, Omnistor 5500 ;)
     
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    Just remembered that you would also need a Z lead connected to the hook up, that way it expands when you turn on a heavy load, like the water heater, and gives you more flexibility to get to the water tap without disconnecting the power cable either.....:think::giggler::fubar::lipssealed:
     
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