Which is the best awning?

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  1. veevee

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    If you were to buy a roll out awning next week, which would you buy and why?
     
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    As far as I know the choice is between the Fiamma or the Omnistor, I have had both and they are both good, though expensive and very similar to each other. If I was looking I would probably just go on price.
     
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    I see some have 2 legs for when the awning is out, and some have stays attached to the body of the MH, have you used both R R ?

    Thanks
     
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    I'm sure you will find that both types have an option for brackets to be fitted on the side of the m/h to which the legs can be fitted instead of down to the ground.

    I have never used these brackets as I feel there is more chance of damage to the van if they slip or in a strong wind, so I always fix to the ground.

    Brian
     
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    The brackets on the side of the van are available but should be used with caution due to wind although you can also tie down the awning with straps as well.

    Peter
     
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    I wouldn't call these awnings, I would call them roll out sunshades. To me an awning is one of these plastic mansions that tuggers erect, masters of all they survey.

    I do know what you mean though. I have and A&E Roll Out Sunshade and have often thought of taking it off and fitting a lighter Fiamma Zip type that most euro vans use.
    Jim
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    Edit: I wonder what the Insurance Companies definition of an awning is.
     
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    I have the Fiamma zip system which is easy to put up. The omnistor is good too, but don't have a zip system as far as I know.

    Shirl
     
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    I agree go on price.
    and lillypad leisure windblocker shades. they dont block out the Sun
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    With the outboard legs, is it possible to adjust the height?

    Was thinking that 'sunshades' will be fitted at different heights for different MH's so the angle over any door that opens will alter?
     
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    Winblockers have a sizing chart or will tailor to suit at a fair price and yes the legs on both makes of suncanopy are height adjustable. If it is going to rain ALWAYS set them at a slope. Of course manufacturers would say wind it in.
     
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    We have a Fiamma. There is quite a range of height adjustment on the legs which are sort of telescopic.

    I normally leave one leg a little lower than the other, so just in case it rains heavily, then the rain water will drain away easily and not gather on the awning weighing it down.

    Callum
     
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    So would I.
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    as said Fiamma and omnistor are much of a muchness and are completely adjustable legs.
    i have just had a new Fiamma 45 S fitted its the new model and looks a lot better than the older 45 Ti . it also has 2 channels in the front that you can add rain / sun blockers. the awnings are reletavely easy to fit but i would recommend it done by a workshop as it really does need to be straight and true.
    also, either add the rain seal you can buy to the small gap between the awning and the van wall or simply run some mastic to stop the rain running down between the awning and the van... its pain, but easy to stop.:thumb:
     
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    Is that the bei de somme services in your avatar?
     
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    Do you mean mine?

    It's a bit like that when it's foggy!
     
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    No Madblumad ?
     
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    Most photos I've seen are with the legs down rather than stays. It does look as though the stays would be easy to walk into and of course the sockets have to be fitted in precise places, don't they?

    We only want a short sun shade really as we always move on after a few days, well we did in our first M Homing life. We had a sun shade then and only used it 2 or 3 times in 5 years, but expect being 10 years older we may stop for 3 days at a time now!
     
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    Stays are impossible on mine as one is on a weak corner moulding and the back would be a locker door :cry:
     
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    I have had fiamma and omnistor and the omnistor does seem to be built better. I sell awning blocker panels and rooms so I see quite a lot of awnings and I hear of more issues with the fiamma especially the longer ones.
     
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    Use of wall mounts is not advised by most dealers. The stresses put on the sides of the van can cause damage, and as modern vans seem to have lots of openings for lockers, garages and windows etc. most panels have already been weakened.
     
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