Help - Loose Awning!!

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  1. JanGar

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    Newbie, The end bracket that holds one end of the awning to the MH is loose at one end, it still seems secure overall but I'm concerned, can it be reattached, if so how?
     
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    Details of your motorhome and awning, preferably with pictures may help someone to advise you better ... most cases the awning brackets are bolted through the shell of the m/h and then the awning is bolted on to the brackets. Depending on the length of awning you may have between 2 and 4 fixing brackets.

    If you look closely you should see if a bolt is loose or even missing but should be easy to fix.

    The bolt fixing inside the m/h may have a plastic cover which should be easy to remove if necessary.
     
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    IMG_3503.jpg Sorry forgot photos, it is about 3.5m long, Thule Ormistor awning. IMG_3504.jpg IMG_3503.jpg IMG_3504.jpg IMG_3510.jpg IMG_3510.jpg IMG_3503.jpg
     
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    I would try to secure it and drive slowly to the nearest dealer probably get them to either secure it or remove it until it can be fixed properly looks like the next bracket is half off must have either had excessive force on it or never properly fitted or secured to damp timber Im not an expert but looks to me to be fitted too high.
     
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    Thanks, Hopefully get it checked properly tomorrow.
     
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    Looks like it's fitted with coach screws and not bolted right through I would suggest it's poorly fitted and needs doing with bolts?
     
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    No wonder it came off....some clown has fitted it using #8 wood screws.
    Chances are its also got damp in the wall, or timber baton if it has one, and I doubt that it will refix securely without proper bolts right through the wall.
     
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    It looks to me like some moron has screwed it directly to the side of your van without using the correct brackets.
    Definitely has to be removed before it falls off .. then any repairs made and damp checked before re-fitting with proper brackets and s/s bolts through and reinforced inside.
     
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    Just looked again and I think there are brackets there otherwise as per previous post.
     
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    Best have a hab check as well to make sure the wall isn't damp........sorry if its your first post not a great start hope things get better!!
     
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    I just bought this last week!
     
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    Did you buy privately or from a dealer?
     
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    Privately but the guy is a trader who sells vans.
     
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    He had trade plates for it and told me
     
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    ^^ That. If you DIY just make sure you get a good sealant round the new holes and no doubt the holes that the cowboys made as sure as hell you will soon be getting water in. Saying that every time we look over the firth to fife its always bloody sunny. :(
     
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    Definitely worth asking him to look at it or hopefully fix it, there is a pretty good chance he did not know, unless it was obviously loose when you bought it, then he needs to sort it

    Good luck, I also fear you have a damp van

    If the seller is a long way from you it might be worth getting it looked at locally, we might be putting the fear of wat not in you for no reason, but it really needs checking, I would take it right off before driving it anywhere, the fixing screws should be fairly obvious, the awning will lift off the bracket those screws are trying to hold on (y)
     
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    Do I need to open it up to take it off? Is it a two man job?
     
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    Trying to organise one just now, everyone is busy!!
     
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    Usually no need to open awning unless bolted through ,which seems unlikely from the pic's
    At the bottom of the brackets you should see Phillips screws or similar. Undo those and it should lift off.
    Two man job definitely.
     
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    Thanks everyone for your help. My plan is to get a habitation check done and if its just needing relatively small repair thats fine but if damp etc Ill try returning the vehicle. Just checked and you have to register as a trader to get trade plates, so that gives me some protection, although I'm not holding my breath.
     
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