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Looking for ideas for an awning.

I would like to mount an awning on my Transit. The MR model is 100 inches tall so there is no way I can reach an awning. Any other options than using a step stool?

I am looking at getting this awning - http://www.equipt1.com/item/series-2...5-meter-awning

The area above the sliding door is pretty small on the MR van. I will make some brackets to keep the awning as tight to the body as possible. I also want to be able to easily remove the awning, I will only mount the awning for camping trips.
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Have you looked at Fiamma motorized awnings?
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My wife and I went through a swap out on our van conversion (build thread _& info here_ it is a high roof chevy awd).

We are still pondering grabbing a LWB MR Transit for Van Version 2.0 : ) ...

My two cents worth after 5 seasons with a Fiamma F45. . . and why we switched to a simple Tarp.

1) Build quality; Tops. Never had issues with the quality, though we learned that it was better to have two people to do the setup/packup.

2) Watch the winds! Attached to the side of a rig (in typical class B RV fashion) there is no real pathway for wind to escape except by lifting the awning and potentially (I've seen it happen) rip off the RV sidewall.

3) Mounting on a roof rack in such a manner as to allow airflow under the awning to escape over the roof may be better option for mounting.

4) Did I say watch the wind speed? I think any of these similarly designed awnings (such as the one you posted a link to, and Fiammas, etc...) all recommend users to take the awnings down once winds hit ~15mph+ . . . and the reason we went simple . . . we got tired of NOT having an awning over our heads in the rainy PNW typical campout as winds would typically be well above that each afternoon. We got burnt out on taking the awning in nearly each afternoon only to be forced into the van to get out of the rain, or sitting in the sun without shelter due to winds also.

Now? we LOVE (yup said it < < ) the simplicity of lashing a Kelty Noah Tarp (we have 9', 16' and 20' and soon to have a 12' for good measure : ) onto the rack. This would be about a 5 minute setup with a small stool, and our stool doubles as an outdoor locker for camp shoes...double use.

OH, and winds? We don't even think about them except to maybe go kite flying. I've clocked winds in our camp with the tarp setup at over 30mph (yes I do fly kites, yes I do have a handheld wind speed indicator) and all they did is lift up and settle down once again.

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Thank you for posting your experience. I have been thinking along those same lines. The amount of money spent on a fancy awning could buy hundreds of tarps. I think I will start simple with a tarp and see how I like the experience.
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I would like to mount an awning on my Transit. The MR model is 100 inches tall so there is no way I can reach an awning. Any other options than using a step stool?

I am looking at getting this awning - http://www.equipt1.com/item/series-2...5-meter-awning

The area above the sliding door is pretty small on the MR van. I will make some brackets to keep the awning as tight to the body as possible. I also want to be able to easily remove the awning, I will only mount the awning for camping trips.
Used aluminum 80/20 to make a rack system that's modular. Then cut 3 pieces off a steel 4x6 1/4 rectangle pipe. 1" wide. Drilled holes to to fit the 80/20 and the awning specifically. Then attached using stainless. Works pretty great.
Stool. Yes. Buy a van. Buy a stool.
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I did a larger version of this: http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...-less-than-100

Link to my instructions: http://sprinter-source.com/forum/showthread.php?t=47519
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Used aluminum 80/20 to make a rack system that's modular. Then cut 3 pieces off a steel 4x6 1/4 rectangle pipe. 1" wide. Drilled holes to to fit the 80/20 and the awning specifically. Then attached using stainless. Works pretty great.
Stool. Yes. Buy a van. Buy a stool.
What awning is that?
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...The amount of money spent on a fancy awning could buy hundreds of tarps...
for sure! I recall paying our upfitter ~$800 for the Fiamma F45 installed ??
I think we paid ??$40. for the Kelty Noah 9



and ~$70 for the circus tent sized Noah 20.



The fun thing is this sort of a simple setup can be switched up depending on the needs of the day...just a quick lunch stop on a sunny day? put up the Noah 9. Need seating comfort for a dozen fellow travelers? No problem with the Noah 20!

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Hmmm, I like the material on the Kelty's. I used heavy duty silver tarp on my $75 awning, 10x8. The 9x9 might work OK. It would be a lot more compact when rolled up.
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What awning is that?
ARB is the brand.
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