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Old 09-08-2019, 09:30 AM   #1
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Awning protection wedge?

After driving my Sportsmobile through some tightly forested, dirt roads in the Adirondacks I noticed that the gap between the roof of my Sprinter and the leading end of the awning tends to collect leaves and small branches. They get funneled under the leading end of the awning until they reach the forward awning mounting bracket and then the leaves/branches break off and get stuck there.

I was thinking of modeling and having 3D printed, a little wedge shaped fairing to mount to the roof of the van in front of the leading edge of the awning to keep branches/leaves from being able to get wedged in there between the awning and the roof. A simple plastic wedge that I can affix using 3M automotive tape to the roof should work great for this purpose.

Before I go to all this trouble, I thought I'd ask if anyone is aware of commercially available products that fit this need. I haven't seen anything myself.

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Old 09-08-2019, 09:46 AM   #2
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Think you have a great idea, unfortunately I cant offer insight if something like this is already available (other than the cables I've seen some Jeeps/Trucks use that stretch between the front brush guard and a roof rack).
You may consider affixing your "wedge" to the drip rail with a bracket (similar to what some of the roof racks use) for more stability - I would be concerned the tape may not offer the strength you're looking for.

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Old 09-08-2019, 01:46 PM   #3
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Arctictraveller made a limb riser for the side of where his awning is. Not exactly what you are looking for but it will probably help. I suspect he doesn't have much of an issue as his GTVR isn't that high compared to a high top van.

I plan on doing to same on mine as well when I install my awning, I also plan to put some sort of protective edge along the sides of my hightop. I've noticed that the branches of slowly scraped away the first layer of coating on the edges of my fibreglass hightop.
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