Fiamma awning

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  1. Spidey

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    Another question. Our awning is fiamma abd the instruction book says not to be used in the rain :rain:?

    We have seen awnings out in the rain, with sides etc So can you use it in the rain? I know to put it away in the wind.
     
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    Really? I didn't know that. We have just inherited a wind out awning on our new(to us) van. I was looking forward to using as a shelter in the rain, keeping chairs dry etc.

    Let's face it, in this country the damn thing would never be in use if that's the case:Doh:
     
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    You can use in the rain.. just lower one leg slightly to prevent the rain puddling

    but do watch out for sudden gusts of wind, which often accompany showers..

    If it looks like it the wind may get up.. wind it in..

    You can use tie down straps.. but personally I don't risk it.. seen too many over van roofs, even with straps employed ..and the damage can be extensive..

    Scottish rain is fine.. you know the sort that wets you through without you realizing it's raining. :Laughing:
     
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    Not for use in the rain ! ??? Ours has been in all weather for the past 7 years without issue !
    If an awning cannot be used in the rain I would say it is hardly fit for purpose.. I really would not worry about it, but as Jim says, do lower a leg so the water runs off.

    Tip when using tie downs
    Put a twist in the strap. It will stop it humming in the wind :thumb:
     
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    Try to make sure it is dry though before you wind it in, otherwise it will go as mouldy as Old Mo's underpants.
     
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    To stop rain pooling as posted before, drop one side down a bit and use a rafter.

    As to wind, yes, think of it as a sail, on a boat the sail moves the boat easily over a liquid (water).

    An awning whatever make has a large area as well and what is it fixed to, a van on four wheels with the handbrake on.

    Whats going to give first, the handbrake or the awning

    Peter
     
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    What, where, Why? Ours is a 4 metre jobby, I guess this means it could do with a rafter to give more support?
     
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    Ours is 3.5 do you think we need a rafter, looked at the fiamma store and it is about £70!
     
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    Presuming a rafter is the extra pole to go in middle of awning, I bought one for ours, but it is longer than 3.5, does a good job in stopping pooling, but just makes the panic wind in a bit slower when needed due to wind

    Ours also does not have a clip fixing and has dropped off with awning movement due to wind, but maybe it should already have been away by then!!
     
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    We have one of these & much cheaper at £25 http://www.johnscross.co.uk/fiamma-awning-rafter.html & got 10% Funster discount too! Haven't tried it out yet but from previous posts sounds like it will be worthwhile.
     
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    Just be aware that if you use a rafter it makes a hell of a noise as the canopy "slaps" it.:cry:
     
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    The 'slap' is quite reassuring in that you know the roof is not full of water
    and is a useful reminder to wind it back in, it needs to be quite windy to get a decent 'slap' :thumb:
     
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    any tie down kit is only as good as the pegs in the ground find some rebar sized ones
     
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    I think you'll find that Fiamma do not claim that it is a rain shelter, just a sun shade ... :RollEyes:
     
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    we use ours in the rain, no issues with one leg shorter than the other :thumb:

    however, as has been said, whatever you do, no matter what the weather is like when you wind it out. do not be tempted "not"! to peg it down.:Eeek:
     
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    we have a rafter on our 4m....and always peg it down,,,,you never know when the wind is going to get up.......:thumb:
     
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    We have these these from our camping days http://www.deltagroundanchors.co.uk

    They held our tent and then caravan awning down in gale force winds! Probably not test it out on the fiamma though :Eeek:
     
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    It's amazing what you learn in just one post, thanks:thumb:
     
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