Re Gadgets and Accessories
Back to the accessories for the Fiamma Awning . The curved Rafter and the Arm Brace are very desirable additions to our Awning as it becomes LESS OF A FOIL and makes for a rock solid support in a downpour . The Tie Down Straps are the very first thing that I would add to my awning . They keep your Awning Stable in wind's up to (30 plus knots ) I posted earlier on the forum actual tests at Benton's Crossing in the Sierra Nevada's using a Kestral 4500 Anemometer , subjecting the awning to various angled wind speeds that exceeded 30 knot's and (Unsustained Gust's of 55 Knots Not Recommended At All with or without Tie Down's !)
Similar scenario's have been experienced in several Western States . The Rafters and Arm Brace eliminate the Flapping and as mentioned lend the Awning more stable in a downpour .
The Tie Down's will allow you to find more suitable Staking Location's that are not readily available for your Upright Support Arm's . I even took the Awning deployment a step further by fabricating Mounting Arm's and Brackets to the Van's Frame , allowing us to use the Awning over surface's that will not permit the use of Stake's . This of course allows for (moving of the Van ) very slowly to a more desirable angle .