Drive away awning - am I missing something?

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  1. Janine

    Janine Funster Life Member

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    I've now got a drive-away awning and tried it out for the first time this weekend.

    It went up very easily and is perfect for sheltering from the wind and rain :BigGrin:

    The valance feeds into the channel on the front of the wind-out Fiamma awning but how do you then drive away from it??? (Short of driving away while someone holds the awning in place!!)

    There are also straps to chuck over the roof of the 'van, which are obviously the best method to use if you want to leave the awning in place, but I'm wondering whether I'm missing something here...
     
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    Hi Janine,

    What is the make and model of your drive away awning?
     
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    Hi Janine,

    what you need is a figure 8 connector and joint tape

    basically two C shaped tubes connected back to back, one side fits onto the 'valance', the other side fits onto the joiner tape, which is a narrow fabric strip with a bead on both edges.
    the other side of the joiner tape slides into the awning rail. (as its nylon fabric it can be left in situ)

    when you wish to drive away, simply remove the figure 8 strip and drive away.

    tip!!!

    place a couple of flattened drink cans behind a front and rear wheel before driving away.
    when you return simply drive over the cans and you're aligned back in the same position to reconnect the awning.

    the bit in the pic which is connected to the gutter actually slides into the joiner srtrip. [​IMG]
     
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    Janine Funster Life Member

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    Oops..yes..that would be useful...

    It's a Riviera Mobil 300
     
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    Got the same awning and the figure 8 strips work a treat .
     
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    Thank you everyone - will have a google for the figure 8 strip :BigGrin:
     
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    Janine is this any use to you

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    I wouldn't leave flattened cans.....some tidy person will pick them up and bin them!:Rofl1:
     
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    If ramps were required to get the van level, would you leave them in position for your return ? or do you think someone would "Tidy" them up when you were away :BigGrin:
     
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    We have one of those.
    Works fine with the throw overs secured to plate lifters (Handle type sucker things) stuck to the far side of the van.
     
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    good point...most certainly they'd go walkabout....maybe a tent peg or two with a bit of ribbon attached then.

    as above

    i found the same when i had mine...much higher than the awning rail so the door didnt drag across the fabric so much.
     
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    I think the throw over fittings would block the solar panels on mine :Smile:
     
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    never had a problem with mine...one strap over the panel.
    not a lot different to a shadow from a branch etc :thumb:
     
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    Hi Janine. We got some figure of 8 strip and webbing at Salop Leisure, last week. Have yet to try out our awning (except on the drive).
     
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    just had a thought !

    there are two sizes of joiner strip....4mm and 7mm i think.
    i bought the larger without realising and it wouldnt fit in the awning rail slot.....but it does fit in the figure 8.

    best to measure across the end of the slot before buying.
     
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    the F45 Takes the 6mm and the new f65 takes 4mm .
     
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    I had a drive away awning once, i errected it and went into my van for a cuppa and when I came out it was gone..it had driven away....so make sure ya peg em down good and hard as the iccle tinkers are sneaky...
     
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