Fiamma awning

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  1. Coltc

    Coltc Read Only Funster

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    I had a Fiamma awning fitted to my swift suntor two years ago and it has started to come away from the side of the vehicle. I have looked inside where it is fitted and it has pulled through the inner lining of the vehicle. I was wondering, shouldn't it have been fitted with packing between the vehicle and inner wall of the motorhome or the inner lining cut out where the brackets are? I will be going back to the garage which fitted it but would like to be armed with good information in case they try to avoid taking responsibility. Although it was fitted two years ago we have probably only used in a maximum of ten times. Any advice would be appreciated.
     
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    when mine was fitted they placed squares of metal plate on the inside wall as stress plates and copper tube on the bolts in the wall so when tightened it did not crush the wall
     
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    I have seen one just fixed with long woodscrews into the wooden frame. Needless to say it came off causing quite a mess.
     
  4. Coltc

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    There is no packing or collars on the bolts, but it's a good idea which I may suggest when I speak to the garage.
     
  5. Phill D

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    Have a look on the fiamma web site, there are fitting instructions. Mine has the rectangular plates on the inside wall under the fiamma plastic caps. If its not got them, then i believe it has not been fitted as per manufacturers recommendations.
     
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    I had a Fiamma awning put on my last van by someone who knew how to do it! He's not far from you nr Evesham, Let me know if you want more details!
     
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    Id have thought that the mounting should have had large backing plates under the outer skin [ to spread the load ] and the awning bolted birect to these. Mounting it though both the inner and outet skins without somthing solid between is extreemly poor engineering practice.
    Hope you manage to get it fixed.
    Pudseykeith. :thumb:
     
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    It should be bolted completely through the motorhome side wall, and usually has 3 fixing points, each with 2 bolts which go through a rectangular fixing plate on the inside and then a plastic cover is clipped over them - all 'proper' kit. As has been mentioned within the wall itself there should also be some tubing to prevent the wall being compressed when the bolts are tightened.

    If they haven't done this then they have bodged the job big time.:Angry:
     
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    Mine has a proper kit on it but back along the rain collected on the awning ,collapsed a leg and pulled a plate through the inner wall.
    I made up steel plates twice the size for the 3 fixings now to spread the load.
    It won`t come off now:thumb:
    I cannot belive that the original fixings can be strong enough--all the leverage on them when the awning is wound out and before the legs can be adjusted must be a lot :Eeek:
     
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    Ours did the same but due to wind not rain I also did the same as you and made up large plates to spread the load and hide the damage.:Smile:
     
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    I had the similar problem on my last van with the small packing plates starting pull on the inside wall. I got a local fabricator to make me some 3" square 18swg plates which I fitted. Problem solved.
    On my current van I have just the packinf plates that Fiamma provide, but due to my last experiance, I get my Wife to take the weight of the awning untill I put the legs down.
    Malc
     
  12. Phill D

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    Fiamma say that the awnning should not be wound out more than 1 meter without support from the legs. They recommend, wind out 1m put legs down and wind out / move the legs until fully extended.

    Also, tilt the awning ( one leg hire than the other ) to prevent any rain pooling.

    As a catch all, their handbook tells you to put the awning away in windy or heavy rain.

    Not saying i agree, just quoting their hand book.
     
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    I was just about to say what Phill has ... please tell me that people don't really wind the awning out a long way and expect it to 'hold' on the fixing points alone!!!:Eeek:
     
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    I had an awning & room fitted by the "Awning Company" ( GH ) they called Fiamma awning sun blinds and having had a few thats what they are, the utmost care should be taken to support them, they should not be left out if its windy and a good slope / slant should be on it in shower, if its heavy rain take it in unless you have the centre rafters.

    Dave
     
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