Awning Is Going To Have To Come Off (1 Viewer)

Brody

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We got the awning fitted at the dealer for ease and quickness when we bought the van. It's a PVC on a Citroen Relay.

We've now come to fit roof bars so we can fit skis on the top and we can't do it with the awning attached unless we buy some brackets which are just over £600! 😱.

It's a Fiamma, if we had the Thule they would be around £200.

The solution at this stage is take it off and fit some normal bars and look at solutions (which are more cost effective) when we return.

Any thoughts or ideas?
 

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enough to know i shouldnt touch things i know nothing about ....
Can you have them made by an engineering company? Plenty around Sheffield !!
 

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As you said above.

Problem with trying a non recognised fix, is possible insurance related and not worth the risk.

If it were me, I’d splash out the £600 and walk up the mountains, saving ski lift fares.
 
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Pictures and more info on your requirements would help to assist you with options. I can’t believe something can’t be made to solve your issue. Especially as the load you plan to carry is light.
 
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We got the awning fitted at the dealer for ease and quickness when we bought the van. It's a PVC on a Citroen Relay.

We've now come to fit roof bars so we can fit skis on the top and we can't do it with the awning attached unless we buy some brackets which are just over £600! 😱.

It's a Fiamma, if we had the Thule they would be around £200.

The solution at this stage is take it off and fit some normal bars and look at solutions (which are more cost effective) when we return.

Any thoughts or ideas?
That's odd, Thule are usually much more expensive than Fiamma.

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Whoa there…..take it easy tiger😉
I had the same problem with my Citroen jumper Fiamma awning and Fiamma roof rack. My awning was an F65s, i think, the roof rack was Fiamma to fit a 2013 5.99m medium height hi top. A member on here gave me the advice to check the old and new brackets against each other and lo and behold same brackets with additional piece so no need to take the old brackets off ( near impossible anyway) but remove the additional piece(riveted) on the new brackets and drill and fix (with nuts and bolts or rivets) to the old brackets.
You will need to remove the awning and it is bl**dy heavy but doable! I done it myself from a stepladder and I’m 65 so no spring chicken!
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We are trying to put standard roof bars on and attach the awning without the kind of system which I've shown in the pic which is around £600.

It's a Fiamma F80s

I've shown the fixing points and the awning as it's currently fixed.

BTW should that fixing plate have 4 screws in it?!

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An alternative could be to transport skis vertically on the back door. I adapted a Fiamma ladder rack to carry my waveski (like a surfboard/canoe). It worked very well and saved climbing on the roof.

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What will you do with the skis on a night......leave them on top?
In that case transport them indoors and put them on top when you stop.
 
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Is there a rear ladder to strap them to?

An alternative could be to transport skis vertically on the back door. I adapted a Fiamma ladder rack to carry my waveski (like a surfboard/canoe). It worked very well and saved climbing on the roof.

There is a bike rack which we could fix them to if absolutely necessary.

We did want them up on top out of the way though as we're not going straight to the Alps, we've got 5 days either side.
 
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What will you do with the skis on a night......leave them on top?
In that case transport them indoors and put them on top when you stop.
No we're doing a 5 day slow drive down to a site in the Alps, we've then got a ski locker for the week so they are out of the way.

Then we have a 5 day drive back up, so ideally want them out of the way of anyone with a pair of bolt croppers would be great 😂
 

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Get folding skis and put them inside. Elan are well rated these days.

Or switch to a snowboard, better still a split board (a lot of fun). Just did my first split board ski-mo this winter and it’s the way to go !
 

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BTW should that fixing plate have 4 screws in it?!
Yes ... I bet someone dropped one and couldn't find it then didn't bother putting it on! Or ... it could be that the awning, which only has certain areas with fixing points (ie more support), doesn't have one where the missing screw would go so it's been left off so as not to damage the casing ... my moneys on the latter reason though.
 
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We got the awning fitted at the dealer for ease and quickness when we bought the van. It's a PVC on a Citroen Relay.

We've now come to fit roof bars so we can fit skis on the top and we can't do it with the awning attached unless we buy some brackets which are just over £600! 😱.

It's a Fiamma, if we had the Thule they would be around £200.

The solution at this stage is take it off and fit some normal bars and look at solutions (which are more cost effective) when we return.

Any thoughts or ideas?
Take the Fiamma off, sell it and fit a Thule.
Far superior awning.
 
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I'm struggling to see why you cant use the roof rack after seeing the pictures

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I'm struggling to see why you cant use the roof rack after seeing the pictures
The first picture is of a van with the roof rack he's talking about, the other 2 are of his actual van without the rack.
 
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Get folding skis and put them inside. Elan are well rated these days.

Or switch to a snowboard, better still a split board (a lot of fun). Just did my first split board ski-mo this winter and it’s the way to go !

Already got all the skis so not planning on changing all that lot anytime soon!

Also skiing for life 👌

Take the Fiamma off, sell it and fit a Thule.
Far superior awning.

To be honest cost wise selling/buying and buying the roof bars/rails we probably wouldn't be any better off and I don't think the awning will get that much use to warrant changing it.
 
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Hubby has decided to put his hand in his tight Yorkshire trousers and buy the Fiamma roof bar system when we come back. It's going to break his heart😂

Sister and BIL have offered to put them on top of their van for us to save rushing about last minute.
 
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Hubby has decided to put his hand in his tight Yorkshire trousers and buy the Fiamma roof bar system when we come back. It's going to break his heart😂

Sister and BIL have offered to put them on top of their van for us to save rushing about last minute.
How big are we talking?

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Mate of mine has a bike rack on top of a Transit PVC.
His awning is bolted to the bike rack, not to the vehicle.

If you do put ski's on the roof make sure they are pointing backwards and upside down, otherwise they vibrate and try to take off.

Other options with skis as has been mentioned is on the back door and simply inside on the floor, or under the van when parked up.
 
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Hubby has decided to put his hand in his tight Yorkshire trousers and buy the Fiamma roof bar system when we come back. It's going to break his heart😂

Sister and BIL have offered to put them on top of their van for us to save rushing about last minute.

How long are your are your ski's?
When I used to park for night, mine would go across the van, in the front footwell, on top of my boots, after I swivelled the front seats.
Behind the seats when travelling.
 
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How big are we talking?
His trousers or his heart? 😂
Other options with skis as has been mentioned is on the back door and simply inside on the floor, or under the van when parked up.

How long are your are your ski's?
When I used to park for night, mine would go across the van, in the front footwell, on top of my boots, after I swivelled the front seats.
Behind the seats when travelling.

There are 4 of us which includes 2 adult sized children, so we have a lot of gear!

Put the skis on the back of the Van, they are occasional items and not used year round

Thought about this but we've got 5 days touring either side of skiing so didn't want to leave them on the back. The roof rails will be used in the summer for the paddle boards etc so will be in use.

We just didn't plan on spending that amount on them. But as everyone says, it's not a cheap hobby 🙃
 

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