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Drive away awnings

Post by Julesanian on Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:03 pm

Hello
I wonder if anyone has some tips about attaching a drive away awning to the van. 
We've a Kingham and have just bought an Attar 440 awning today. 
At the moment I've fastened it to the roof bars with the three Velcro strips that are supplied. 
Do you think we need the figure of eight drive away kit as well ?
We'd really appreciate any advice anyone can give. 
It might save a marriage lol
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Re: Drive away awnings

Post by Wargenwolf on Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:51 pm

I prefer attaching mine to the Fiamma canopy with a figure of 8 and Kador strip. 

I wind the canopy out a bit, which brings it down to a nice height to reach up to and slide the Kador strip in. Once in and the awning attached, I wind it back in and it tensions the tunnel section.

I would need stepladders to fasten mine to the roof bars !

If the wind and rain blows across your van roof from the driver's side, is there anything to stop it getting under your awning and running down in to your open side door, or have you not had that yet.
The Kador strip helps prevent that from happening.

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Re: Drive away awnings

Post by Julesanian on Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:17 am

Brilliant advice, thank you. Never though about the rain ! I think we'll buy the figure of eight and Kador strip but not use it if it's settled weather. The wife can shin up on the roof in seconds so need for ladders lol. 

Sorry to be a pain but how did you fix your canoe to the roof ? We'd love to take our little kayaks ...
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Post by Wargenwolf on Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:51 pm

Julesanian wrote:Sorry to be a pain but how did you fix your canoe to the roof ? We'd love to take our little kayaks ...

If you've got kayaks, then you should know better than to upset my fishing kayak by calling it a canoe lol4

I took the van to Kari-Tek at Ayr   http://www.karitek.co.uk/    and they fitted a 'High Lift' roof system that drops down the side of the van for easier single handed loading.

Your van will need load bearing longitudinal roof rails fitted, as the standard AS rails are purely cosmetic.

1. Load low & strap



2. Winch it high




3. Slide & lock out


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Post by Julesanian on Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:09 am

Shock and awe. Thanks for taking the time and trouble to put these beautiful pictures up. It looks a perfect solution but expensive!
I'll argue with the wife that it should come out of her housekeeping budget lol. 
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