Fiamma 'wedges' and fitting an awning

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Fiamma 'wedges' and fitting an awning

Post by Barry the Bishop on Mon Sep 05, 2016 5:27 pm

I have recently got myself a Gatcombe 2.5TDi Automatic, and i am thrilled. But the awning was removed by the previous owner!
I have just ordered the 'wedges' from Auto-sleepers and I have holes in the side where it used to be.
So now I need to get me an awning. I think its a 3 metre F45s, but I don't know what else i need to fit one. These wedges - are they the brackets or do I need brackets as well. Anyone know anything about this sort of thing?
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Post by bogsvan on Mon Sep 05, 2016 5:55 pm

On mine a metal plate is attached to each wedge and the awning  screws on to them.  Not sure how the wedges are attached to the Van though.  Might be worth giving AS a phone.  Sorry can't be more help.
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Re: Fiamma 'wedges' and fitting an awning

Post by moggyminor1966 on Mon Sep 05, 2016 6:03 pm

I would recommend you contact Mark at Autosleepers as they are excellent. I would get them to fit it for you at least you know it will be fitted professionally. If the holes are already there it should not
Be a big job and their rates are reasonable.
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Re: Fiamma 'wedges' and fitting an awning

Post by daisy mae on Mon Sep 05, 2016 6:08 pm

When I had my f45 awning fitted by the dealer, on my Anniversary Clubman, same as a Gatcombe, I thought all the brackets were with it, I was given the ones that fit on the van for the legs to fit into, but was advised not to use them as damage to van is a possibility.

The fittings go inside behind the wall cupboards, has plates to spread the load. dealer fitted two brackets there were three , I have one spare.

If you buy an awning fittings should come with it.
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Re: Fiamma 'wedges' and fitting an awning

Post by Barry the Bishop on Mon Sep 05, 2016 6:30 pm

Wow that was quick. thanks all of you really helpful.
I'll give A/S a ring too. Cheers
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Post by burlingtonboaby on Mon Sep 05, 2016 7:47 pm

Barry the Bishop wrote:Wow that was quick. thanks all of you really helpful.
I'll give A/S a ring too. Cheers
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Re: Fiamma 'wedges' and fitting an awning

Post by matchlessman on Wed Sep 07, 2016 2:06 pm

Why oh why do people take them off. It must add to the value and a new owner would surely pay a bit more for the awning being left than having to buy themselves a new one. 

Bit like people who take all the light bulbs when they move house.
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Re: Fiamma 'wedges' and fitting an awning

Post by daisy mae on Wed Sep 07, 2016 4:42 pm

re above,

I was thinking of having mine taken off, but keeping the awning if / when I sell the van, reason is I had difficulty using it on my own, and the added weight thought it would be better taken off, I have now changed my mind and will leave it on. probably the same reason some owners take it off, weight, and if tey do not use it why not. mine wasn`t on the van when I first saw it, had it put on by the dealer. so cost me .
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Re: Fiamma 'wedges' and fitting an awning

Post by Barry the Bishop on Mon Sep 12, 2016 3:28 pm

So I rang Mark Burdett @ Auto-sleepers. He was very helpful. He gave me a very reasonable price and I am going up to A/S on 26th to have a new awning fitted - with the wedges i bought from... A /S!.
 I cannot fault their service so far.
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Re: Fiamma 'wedges' and fitting an awning

Post by Barry the Bishop on Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:00 am

We are now the proud owners of a Fiamma awning, skilfully attached to our motorhome. Monday morning saw us trying to get to Willersley by 10.30am. didnt make that thanks to Bristol ring road! So we sat in the lovely village stores for quite some time. Their tea and coffee was great so was their welcome. Eventually we were given our Gatcombe back by Mark who also recommended we use some Fareco on the body to take the dullness away, he even gave us a demonstration of how good the paste is.
Thanks Auto sleepers for a great job, and thanks ASOF for steering me to them.  Cheers,
PS I was going to put a photo on but then you all know what it looks like already!!
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Re: Fiamma 'wedges' and fitting an awning

Post by groundhog on Wed Sep 28, 2016 5:31 pm

I think you mean farecla, should indeed bring back the shine but do remember to put either a good wax or synthetic sealer over the cleaned area or it will soon go dull again! Glad the awning is sorted!
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Re: Fiamma 'wedges' and fitting an awning

Post by Barry the Bishop on Wed Sep 28, 2016 5:51 pm

You are absolutely right.
Yes it is Farecla.
I have been polishing little bits when i get a minute.
Here she is with awning set out.
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