Awning Mount Question - 2 Brackets OK?
Good morning people, recent new owner of an SMB and have been spending an inordinate amount of time surfing this site so far. Tons of great info here and the forum is awesome!
My rig came with a Dometic Catalina 2500 awning that was unmounted now I'm trying to figure it out. The thing feels like it's about 50 pounds, I'm sure it's not that much different than the Fiama.
So is the general consensus that two brackets towards the rear of the body are insufficient for securing the awning? I have the Dometic van bracket kit and the awning goes up there with two brackets but I'm contemplating having a third bracket fabricated that will fit underneath the front passenger door, to better distribute the load. I am not planning on doing anything too crazy in the van but just want to avoid any torquing bending or otherwise shearing of the awning, brackets, body, etc... Here's a pic of the new rig with brackets mounted. Note the bottom of these brackets have the body support similar to Eli's brackets (no bolts into the body). Thanks in advance for any feedback!