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Old 05-05-2018, 07:59 PM   #11
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I could use one and SLC is only 4 hrs from me. Black case and I'd need some of your fancy brackets too.
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Old 05-06-2018, 03:38 PM   #12
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I've never seen one of these in person, so these may be silly but I have questions:

When the awning is deployed, will it have any draft angle and still be able to open the barn doors? Seems like the only picture I can find of one open shows it being flat, which looks like it'd be a real problem in the rain.

How much wind can these withstand? I had looked at the automated version at one point with the wind sensor, but really don't want the extra complication of motors and sensors to go wrong.

I often disappear on the bike for hours and hours and weather happens, so inquiring minds would like to know.


Edit: Oh yeah, how do these things mount? Seen what looks like multiple versions.

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Old 05-06-2018, 04:44 PM   #13
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Yo Drizzt --- !

Draft angle is totally adjustable. The two outboard awning-to-ground uprights are a telescoping up/down construction that can be set where you desire.

To your observation, if you don't set them fairly level, the side barn-doors won't clear the awning's forward aluminum lateral support. So if it was raining, you'd have to try and find a "sweet spot" awning angle that both 1) shed some water and 2) allowed the barn door to open fully. Haven't found it to be a big deal when it rains to find that spot however.

Lastly --
I would never leave this awning out and unattended if there was even a remote chance of strong wind gusts. These things are reasonable sturdy (and designed to handle a moderate amount of breezes!), but it's easy enough to just partially retract the awning (seriously it's 30 seconds work, if that) so I always do that before we wander away from camp for any extended periods.

I wouldn't ever be without one of these! Easy to deploy, instant "porch" next to your van to hang out under.

PS --- mounting these things:
Ray (1der)'s mounts look like the bee's knees for getting these affixed to a van. The SMB-installed original brackets have a reputation for tearing the sheet metal of the van where they attach. Additionally I've seen people use modified GoWesty brackets. OptOverland is close to releasing a nice mounting bracket set too.
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Old 05-06-2018, 11:26 PM   #14
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I am in Sacramento but I would drive to the bay to pick on up from you. Please keep me posted.
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Old 05-07-2018, 01:12 AM   #15
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Hey Ray, see if they'll toss in a white end cap for me
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Old 05-07-2018, 03:56 PM   #16
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This might bring it into the price range I can work with. Put me down as a strong maybe in the SF bay area.
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Old 05-07-2018, 04:22 PM   #17
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Hmmmm, defiantly tempting seeing how I live in Sandy and all, gotta see if I can get the funds. Has anyone mounted a 12 footer on an EB? seems like it would be nice to have the extra sq footage all the way to the back of the van and I don't believe it costs or weighs all that much more. Has anyone mounted one with just 3 of your brackets Ray? Do you have a price on the 12 footer?

Also do these awnings from you come standard with?
• Tie down hooks
• Leg brackets
• Folding crank
• Or a tension rafter

I only ask because I bought a 10 footer for my last Eurovan from GoWesty and it comes with all of that but I am not sure if those are things they throw in as a package deal when you buy from them or if they come standard with all Fiamma F45 awnings. The tension rafter is very helpful to make it more rigid in the wind.
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Old 05-07-2018, 04:54 PM   #18
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Hey Ray, see if they'll toss in a white end cap for me
I'll second that. For the rear. Dragging branches have removed 2 of them.
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Old 05-07-2018, 05:16 PM   #19
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Nemsisisnight - 12 ft is 5 lbs (10%) heavier, 1'5" wider. The extension is the same 8'2". The 12ft is $100 more than the 10ft.

The awning comes with all the items you listed, including the center rafter and mounting hardware.

re: 12' on an EB - I am not a fan of installing these on our vans with the brackets. And , if the van has a passenger side ladder it creates roof access issues. Additionally, The brackets were really designed for the 10ft unit. If you have your heart set on a 12 ft with my brackets, it is at your own risk. The bracket set includes three brackets.

Now on your B190 style, I think you would have to mount the awning to the top. In that case you would use the Fiamma supplied mounting kit and your only issue is going to be the curvature down the side of the top.

dig255 and gcvt - Please open up your awnings and find the sticker with the model number. It is on one of the arms. Please take a picture of it and email to me at The caps are $20 to $30 each depending on the awning model.
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Old 05-07-2018, 05:23 PM   #20
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drizzit - I need to know where you are located to figure out shipping.

re: rain - Yes the side barn doors can be opened. The rear leg is shortened to provide a slant to the back. The rain runs off nicely and if you need water, put a bucket there to catch the runoff!

These awnings and the brackets require the legs to be used. The awning cannot be extended more than a couple of feet without the legs being dropped down to provide support as it is extended further. MountainBikeRoamer has the right approach, it is so easy to wind it up fully or where there are just a foot or two extended when leaving camp for a trek.

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