Originally Posted by 1der
Biggest issue around rear door permanent attached awning is on a pop top van. The ability to attach brackets around the rear door is a serious challenge.
Not to derail the OP's thread, but figure this may offer a potentially plausible solution to the concept of mounting a rear awning.
A year or so ago I contemplated installing that rear awning, and you are correct in the challenge was a solution which wouldn't use roof gutter mounts above the rear doors since there is no clearance.
I never pursued the project (at least not yet), but made up a crude drawing back then - now I'm interested to see (with all your experience 1der, or anyone else that cares to offer critique) what your assessment is of my approach...would this work???
Concept is to use 6 rain gutter brackets (Smittybuilt):
Two each on each side of the van (one just prior to the back roof line curve with the other mounted about 16" farther towards the front of the van. Then a 2" wide aluminum bar 1/4" thick that attaches to both and follows the edge of the rear roof line to attach to the other side. That 2" aluminum bar would serve as the mount for the awning. I wanted to provide support above the rear doors so figured adding two more of the roof gutter mounts without the flange that cups around the bottom since that would interfere with opening the back doors - This would help support the weight of the 20lb awning (with a good amount of rubber attached to the bottom of those feet so the metal doesn't dig into the rain gutter). I also assumed having the aluminum bar mounted to 2 gutter mounts on the sides would minimize and up/down movement of the awning when traveling the likes of washboards.
****All this is better explained with the pic below.
Think this can work? Wouldn't interfere with the rear doors, or the pop top. I was just never sure it was enough for a 20lb awning.
Appreciate any feedback