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Old 10-28-2009, 03:21 PM   #1
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Awning brackets for voyager top

I'm having a voyager top put on my build at SMB. Would someone with a voyager top tell me if there is enough space left over the gutter (e.g. 3/4 inch) for Eli's brackets? I doubt that their is but I'd like to use them if possible. Thanks
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Old 10-28-2009, 03:39 PM   #2
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Re: Awning brackets for voyager top

SMB bolted my Fiamma directly to my Cruiser top
it is solid
i am 100% happy with it
make sure they put in some backing plates
i am pretty sure the same applies to a voyager

ps
cruiser top is ALOT bigger inside
gas milage difference probably not to much difference

i had a choice cruiser vs voyager
i am really glad i have a cruiser

i am 6ft, wife is 5 and change
one 20 pound dog


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thanx to the cruiser top and my aluminess rack
FULLY packed for camping the only think out is
a large soft duffel in the overhead with double sleeping bag and two pillows
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Old 10-28-2009, 06:33 PM   #3
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Re: Awning brackets for voyager top

Thanks Bill: I have a regular body or I would have ordered the other top.
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Old 10-29-2009, 01:08 AM   #4
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Re: Awning brackets for voyager top

I have the voyager top. I'll measure the gutter space tomorrow and report back.

As for bolting directly to the top: The fiberglass thickness and strength should be the same as a crusier, so if it's working for Bill it should work for you. Your biggest concern will be to protect the gelcoat from cracking and leaking.

As a carpenter, former mechanic and automotive hobbist, I would recommend using 1/4" or 3/8" x 3" x 3" plywood washers inside the top. (You coud also use metal washers if excessive thickness is a concern. I prefer the plywood as it is a little more forgiving and will help absorb any deflection) Also use a couple layers of bituthane tape or 1/8" thick bed of bituthane caulking between the plywood washer and the inside of the top. this will accomodate for the semi-rough interior surface and also help waterproof the bolt penetration. A piece of bituthane tape should also be used between the awning mounting bracket and the exterior surface of the top. Creates a nice waterproof sandwich. - that's how I would do it anyway.

Good luck!
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Old 10-29-2009, 02:57 AM   #5
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Re: Awning brackets for voyager top

Hi
I used the standard Fiamma mounts which normally are used on fixed top vans:

Notice the 2 lugs on the Fiamma plate well they would just bolt strait into your roof of course with adequate sealing...
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http://www.fiammausa.com/products/acces ... =A2&BG=F45
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I appreciate all your responses. RD
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Old 10-29-2009, 01:25 PM   #7
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Re: Awning brackets for voyager top

I will be at SMB West this afternoon and they mounted my Fiama awning right through the voyager top. If I can get any good pics I will post them up along with a description of how it was done.
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