Fitting A Wind Out Canopy/Awning, Yes or No

Jan 8, 2014
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My new van will not have an integrated/recessed awning but I am thinking of getting one fitted as a dealer option. I am a bit worried about having holes drilled in the side of the van, where the fixing bolts appear inside the van and also increasing the risk of water ingress. Is there anything to worry about or should I just get on with it?
 
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Depending on the model of van, usually bolts can be hidden in cupboards out of the way. Properly fitted and with the correct use of the appropriate sealants, you shouldn't have any problems. I fitted our own Fiamma awning and the only snag I found was that the hab door contacts the hinged rafter of the awning unless I extend the appropriate leg high enough, no way round it and practically it lets any rain run off to the back of the van, just looks a bit odd with one end higher than the other when it's deployed.
 

rolandrat

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When you look at the spec of your new motorhome the unladen weight will look inviting because it won't include the weight of an awning. Have one fitted and you will loose some carrying capacity. Do you really need one? We very rarely use ours even down in Spain.
 

Cal54

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I had one fitted at the time of purchasing my van just over a year ago. Used only very occasionally as I never like to see it flapping about in the wind. If I was changing my van I don't think I would bother. More inclined to have a free standing lightweight day room.
 
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Freestanding lightweight day room? Please explain.
 

Gorse Hill

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Personally I would go for a drive away awning which is what I did when I got my new van last year
I had the same worries as yourself and pretty sure 3 or 4 years down the line the sealant with delaminate (M/H is basically jelly on springs flexing and moving all the time) and eventually water ingress is very likely which you won't see until it's to late
I won't put any holes in the van for anything it's bad enough worrying about the seals made during manufacture from the converter
But at the end of the day it's your choice and as others have pointed out they don't use them that often anyway
 

Cal54

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Cat53: it is like a gazebo but often on fibreglass poles rather than heavy steel or aluminium. Just google day shelter and you will see a plethora of options, It isn't attached to the van.
At the Lincoln show there was a lot of interest in a pop-up version for under £200; Glossop Caravans were the dealers selling them I think.
 

weebill

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We had a fiamma on our first motorhome and used it a fair bit but decided when we replaced the m/home we would employ a large sun umbrella as used with table and chairs at home.
Worked OK till this year in Germany we had a week of 35deg heat and not a lot of shelter from the brolly...suffice to say our m/home is currently at the dealership being serviced and having a new fiamma fitted.

Bill
 
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Haven't purchased a MH yet but I've thought about using a plain Tarp for shade when required..

They are megga flexible in terms of configuration, light weight and fold up to fag packet size

see example pic :)
 

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Jaws

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We just could not be without one.. I fitted all of ours apart from the current van as that had one on when we bought it !
 
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Depending on the model of van, usually bolts can be hidden in cupboards out of the way. Properly fitted and with the correct use of the appropriate sealants, you shouldn't have any problems. I fitted our own Fiamma awning and the only snag I found was that the hab door contacts the hinged rafter of the awning unless I extend the appropriate leg high enough, no way round it and practically it lets any rain run off to the back of the van, just looks a bit odd with one end higher than the other when it's deployed.

Standard practice to raise one end to let rainwater run-off....
Cheers, Dave(y)
 

UK Pete

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My van came with a fiamma awning already fitted i added the privacy room myself, they are great and give you a massive dry area, the canopy is quick and easy to put out the privacy room that attaches takes a good 20mins and is no good if your van is the only means of transport, I usually just use the awning canopy, but if I am settling for a week or so I will put the room on it as well, this suits me as I usually take a motor bike with me for going out on, I will say the privacy room weighs a hell of a lot
Pete

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Jamwitt

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We had one fitted at nec by John cross great price great job used it loads for shade but we don't leave out when we are not near m/home or at night
 
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ABZSteve
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Thanks for your input folks. Still not sure about it so will take some time to consider. I have until March to make up my mind.
 

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Do you plan on using Aires? - cos on some you are not really allowed to even use a wind out awning so you definitely couldn't use any other sort - at least with a wind out one you can just have it out a couple of feet and if the Municipal Police are having a 'jobsworth' day you can plead ignorance of the lingo and wind it back in as soon as they approach you and before they get into a FULL strop!
 

jonandshell

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Only ever felt like we needed one one weekend in 4 1/2 years!

After a visit to the weighbridge, we know we definitely don't want one! Having one would mean having to loose a battery and thats not good for winter off grid use!
 
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ABZSteve
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Do you plan on using Aires? - cos on some you are not really allowed to even use a wind out awning so you definitely couldn't use any other sort - at least with a wind out one you can just have it out a couple of feet and if the Municipal Police are having a 'jobsworth' day you can plead ignorance of the lingo and wind it back in as soon as they approach you and before they get into a FULL strop!
Wife doesn't like the sound of Aires Sedge, so probably not. She doesn't even want to "wild" camp for one night.
 
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Depending on the model of van, usually bolts can be hidden in cupboards out of the way. Properly fitted and with the correct use of the appropriate sealants, you shouldn't have any problems. I fitted our own Fiamma awning and the only snag I found was that the hab door contacts the hinged rafter of the awning unless I extend the appropriate leg high enough, no way round it and practically it lets any rain run off to the back of the van, just looks a bit odd with one end higher than the other when it's deployed.
If contact with the door can be avoided by a small movement of the arm it is possible to move (1) the offending arm provided you move both ends by the same amount (2) the inner or outer ends of both arms by the same amount. Note that movement towards the centre of the awning is limited by how close the two centre folds are when the awning is rolled in. Sometimes though it only takes a small adjustment to clear the door.

I always set mine up with one end higher than the other anyway to prevent heavy rain pooling - much better than carrying a centre rafter. :)
 
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