I love my SMB 03 which is now 17 years old.
I agree this was a poor design flaw: attaching the awning directly the side wall of the van.
My problem (2 times) were weather related, 1. Texas thunderstorm 2. AZ wind just
Both times I ended up with twisted, mangled awnings. The 2nd event damaged the factory attachment holes.
I looked 1st inside and decided the was not an option. If I did remove the interior could I get it back in place...not likely.
Decided on an exterior backing plate. A one piece application. That way I could use new holes that I knew for sure would hold the the backing plate in place. I did use a larger size well nut.
Used primed paint on the aluminum back plate then generic Ford white to finish (spray cans).[IMG]