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Post by Cofax51 on Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:36 am

H, I have a 2011 VW Topaz. Along the side there is a black rubber strip, no other rail or gutter to attach n awning
How does this work? What sort of kit do other people use? All (useful) comments gratefully recieved.
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Post by rgermain on Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:49 am

I have used this type of awning but found in a bit of a fad, getting the van in the exact spot, so have now moved on to the same type of awning, but just don't connect it to the van and use it as a stand alone.
Back to your question, you should have some strips which could be rigid plastic or a fabric construction which look like a figure of 8. These slide into the rail on the side of the van, or you could  just have a "J" shaped rail to which to secure the awning flap bit too with a pole and clamps.

I hope someone will be along with some photos to help you.
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Post by Cofax51 on Fri Jul 10, 2020 12:27 pm

Thanks for that Richard. I did wonder about not botheting to connect the bus, I suppose if you're on a site for a week or so, especially in poor weather, it might be more useful. I know about the fixing kits but the strip.screwed on is unlike any others I've seen. Hope someone else had seen one before.👍
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Post by rgermain on Fri Jul 10, 2020 3:12 pm

Cofax51 wrote:Thanks for that Richard. I did wonder about not botheting to connect the bus, I suppose if you're on a site for a week or so, especially in poor weather, it might be more useful. I know about the fixing kits but the strip.screwed on is unlike any others I've seen. Hope someone else had seen one before.👍
I am not good at posting photo, maybe you are as it may help others to decide.
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Post by Cofax51 on Fri Jul 10, 2020 4:01 pm

Not straightforward putting pics on but hopefuly this will do it![You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
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Post by KMRTOPAZ on Fri Jul 10, 2020 10:56 pm

You need a "C" section strip or channel as the fastening point on the vehicle.  I don't think this is standard on the Topaz, certainly not fitted on the Topaz I owned.  If you have a wind-out awning they usually have an integral channel.  This is, in fact, a better fastening point as it gives scope for adjusting the tension of the joining canopy.  I am not sure how you proceed if you don't have a wind-out.
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Post by rgermain on Sat Jul 11, 2020 8:44 am

Just remember now as KMRTOPAZ say's I did put a "C" channel onto the black plastic trim and used self tapping screws, worked well, but then didn't use it as I became the laughing stock of the campsite trying to get the van level and the right distance from the awning. hugegrins hugegrins

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Post by Cofax51 on Sat Jul 11, 2020 9:55 am

Thanks folkd looks like I'll just get something freestanding😄👍
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Post by rgermain on Sat Jul 11, 2020 4:14 pm

Cofax51 wrote:Thanks folkd looks like I'll just get something freestanding😄👍
Having had many Awnings over the years, I think that is the best way to go in my opinion.

I found the sliding door used to foul the Awning as well, if not in the right place, also used to get a shower if it rained. hugegrins

What I do is to cut the flap bit off, makes it a lot easier to pack away and lighter.
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Post by glyne lock on Sat Jul 11, 2020 4:43 pm

This is mine for when I stay at a site.you are best to see others when away and what will work best for you[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
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Post by kaspian on Sat Jul 11, 2020 9:06 pm

Do you need to pay for 2 pitches to put that awning up as I cant think of any site we have stayed at lately that had that sort if room between pitches to accommodate an awning of that size!
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Post by rgermain on Sat Jul 11, 2020 9:27 pm

My thought's exactly, why do you need such a whopping great big one?????
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Post by glyne lock on Sat Jul 11, 2020 11:06 pm

Richard ????? for yourself it may be to big
when you are away as a FAMILY it worked great for us for the last 6 years with our last camper as for when you drive off and come back I have never had a problem and you see lots off others do this as well 
our last camper was a coach built so I had to check it would fit this van as the awning is for a high roof
I said above look at others to work out what is best for you. this has got a inner tent that you can use for extra sleeping area .the air poles are great it makes putting up so easy and quick . you don't get wet going from van to awning if its raining. lots to think about .get the item that's best for your needs
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I have never had any problems fitting on any pitches I think my picture angle may make it look bigger I did take the picture as we had been thinking of putting it for sale then my daughter and her partner wanted to come away with us last year so ended up keeping it
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