Originally Posted by sdwindansea
Originally Posted by ANZAC
Where does the rafter connect? Don't think I have one. Or maybe I do.
I store the crank across ways under the carpet right behind both front seats.
The rafter connects in the middle of the awning...
If you have the awning legs attached to the van, you need to have the rafter in use. Otherwise, a gust of wind can try to lift the awning, and because the legs are on the van the awning will simply collapse and legs will go up and can pull the brackets off the rain gutter. Since the SMB front bracket is bolted to the body the awning will fall down and block all but the driver's door. That all happens because the awning is spring loaded and goes out when you unroll the awning.
A gust of wind like that can ruin your whole day.
Unfortunately, I speak from experience.
The rafter can stop the awning from collapsing and prevent this.