Thule Omnistor or Fiamma Awning for PVC

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  1. TM59

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    Taking delivery of a Rapido V55 PVC hopefully in the next few weeks. Thinking awnings do funsters have a preference any why. Thule Omnistor or Fiamma?
     
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    Agreed
     
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    I've had two Omnistors, if I have another it'll be a Fiamma.

    I find the Oministor's winding handle difficult to release at times, Fiamma's have a much simpler hook and eye arrangement.
    Other than that I would recommend Omnistor ...
     
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  5. DavidG58

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    I thought the same till John Rose of Rose Awnings explained it to me

    He also said he had a customer drive back from the south of France with his taped to the side of the MH because he couldn’t get it out

    Technique required is, hold pole at angle of about 45 degrees push up slightly then turn , it works every time for me now (y)

    We did change ours and stayed with Omnistore (y)
    Mainly based on strength of legs, in our opinion
     
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  6. Minxy Girl

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    Never had Omnistor, just Fiamma, and always found them okay ... if you are 'game' you can easily fit one yourself a lot cheaper than paying a dealer to do it, as well as the awning you just need to buy the mounting kit which has brackets that go over the lugs which are already on the top of the camper.
     
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  7. Paul and Kate

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    Unless it came with one I wouldn't bother and buy a quest pop up gazebo.
    4 sides if there's just 2 of you.

    Edit.
    That's if you've got the room to store one.
     
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    Nail it to the roof ?? :LOL::LOL:
     
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    I'm THULE by the way
     
  10. bobandjanie

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    Our Rapido v53 had a fiamma and our Pilote v600 has a Thule, must admit I never liked the Thule when we first got it, ;) ( even though our very first motorhome had one ) :rolleyes: but once you get the hang of the handle its OK, the fiamma has a loop and hook. :)
    Quality is better with Thule. (y) Bob.
     
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  11. Garratt

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    If you go with a Fiamma F65S, get the folding crank handle rather than the telescopic handle that comes as standard. The telescopic handle is too long to fit under the bed space on the V55. I have only had Fiamma awnings so can’t advise which to choose but fitting the Fiamma with the correct brackets is very straightforward.
     
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  12. Allanm

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    The Thule awning on our previous Autosleeper blew over the roof and destroyed itself in an unexpected gust of wind.
    Our 21 year old Swift had a perfectly good functioning Fiamma awning but the legs were fiddly to use.
    Our new van has a Thule awning, it’s easy to wind out and use.

    I suppose I have no preference really. They both work and do what they should.
     
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    If you read the instructions and do it the correct way it's a doddle, they are on a lable on the handle now. Our first one didn't have those instructions and I always found it a pain.
     
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    Another vote for omnistor here.

    I was on a site in Spain about 5 years ago and there was an almighty storm. All the awnings that we’re flapping the next morning were Fiamma. I presumed at the time (but I confess I could be wrong) that the Omnistor storm straps must be better.
     
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  15. Bolti

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    Hubby engineered ours (chopped a lump off and screwed it back together) now it fits neatly under the bed on the side wall V43.
     
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    I thought about it and decided that it was too much hassle! Highbridge were very good and did a straight swap for me so it was a no-brainer.
     
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    Highbridge supplied us with the long telescopic handle, with the Fiamma clips. No, it doesn't fit easily under the bed of the V43.

    The solution was to screw the clips at the top, inside the barn doors. The handle does fit across. The small cable ties were inserted into the sliding grips on the handle to stop them rattling.

    Hopey helpy! :)
     
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  19. Bolti

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    And mine fitted under the bed.
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    I chopped it down, recrimped the ends. Massive weight saving.
     
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