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Awning Installation

We installed a Fiamma F45S awning, which is installed on the side of the van just above the door (i believe only the High-Roof has some room to do this).

It looks like a solid product and the color match the Magnetic Grey of the Transit

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Nice work on the awning install. You might be able to fill those gaps with some minicell foam. It would be fairly easy to cut varying width (tapered) strips with a band saw. Then bond into place with 3M trim adhesive.

Also would recommend large backing plates instead of the washers. Some VHB or EDPM between the plates and the body would be good.

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Sweet. I enjoyed your website as much as your plans!

It will be fun following your build, especially watching what changes you make along the way. As the old saying goes, "If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans."

I've been away from this forum for a while and you guys are really starting to make me feel old. All these builds for mountain bikes and surf boards; I even think I saw kite surfing in there somewhere. And S-T-E-A-L-T-H. Maybe I should have bought a Chrysler Minivan. We just want to motor along comfortably. Perhaps when you reach our age you'll also realize that nothing beats your own bed and bathroom!

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Awesome write up. The awning is next on my list to wrap up my external van to-do's. Too much bike riding lately and less van work...


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Sweet. I enjoyed your website as much as your plans!

It will be fun following your build, especially watching what changes you make along the way. As the old saying goes, "If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans."
Yes, I do like your website.

Not to side track the thread but....

I share your comments about insulation, there's precious little hard facts to uses for making decisions, more opinion than anything.

On that note, did you consider recycled denim insulation?

If you've discussed this else where I apologize and if you can supply a link I'll be happy to follow up there.

Oh... and both my wife and I LOVED the photo looking out the van showing your legs/feet and a beautiful landscape beyond.

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Also would recommend large backing plates instead of the washers. Some VHB or EDPM between the plates and the body would be good.
Yes, we first planned to use a laminated shim such as this. After thinking about it, we went for washers for simplicity sake. Not a best-practice design-wise, but to hold an awning on a van it should do it. It does feel super solid.
Thanks for the advice though Hein, we're lucky to have you on this forum You know your **** (excuse my french). We used your Thinsulate and the fan adapter, it saved us a lot of time.

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Awesome write up. The awning is next on my list to wrap up my external van to-do's. Too much bike riding lately and less van work...
We're the opposite... too much van work, not enough bike! We will hit a major milestone this week: all exterior done (Solar, Fan, Awning, Webasto) and some interior (Thinsulate, floor, swivel seat). From there, we will catch up on the MTB season!

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On that note, did you consider recycled denim insulation?
From what i recall, correct me if i'm wrong, but denin will hold moisture so this was a no-go for us. We're glad we went with Thinsulate: it is VERY easy to work with and is hydrophobic.


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Nice work! As for the rain gap between the van and awning case, Fiamma offers a rubber gasket that slides into the channel on the back of the awning. Not exactly sure how it'll interface with your mounting brackets, but thought it'd be worth your consideration.
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Nice work! As for the rain gap between the van and awning case, Fiamma offers a rubber gasket that slides into the channel on the back of the awning. Not exactly sure how it'll interface with your mounting brackets, but thought it'd be worth your consideration.
Thanks for the info!
It looks like the "M" or "L" should fit.
http://www.fiamma.com/EN/products/fi...es/rain_guard/

There is a few stores selling them on ebay.
Not cheap, but OEM look.
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Floor Installation

The conversion is moving on! We took advantage (meh) of those nice summer days to install our floor...

Here is how we did it:
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Looks good. I'm surprised double sided tape is good enough to keep the plywood in place and the joints flat enough for the vinyl.

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