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milkman
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Model and year : LH113V 1992 Composer
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PostSubject: awnings advice needed   Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:14 am

Hi all, we're thinking of buying an awning for our '92 Composer.
Do any UK owners have any tips on whats available? Our van is a mid-top and has a flip-lid, is there anything that fits or do you have to get a custom made thingamy?
We're not necessarily fussed about having a drive-away one. Our Fiamma roll-out awning broke last weekend and we need soemthing before we go away again in August.

Who knows I maybe able to fix the fiamma before then but its old and i'm not counting on it!

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PostSubject: Re: awnings advice needed   Tue Jul 17, 2012 10:25 am

Hi Marko,

The aussies do some pretty good products. I'll be getting one of these for my next back country adventure.

Demos on youtube.

ARB 4x4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycG-3sOmX68
http://www.arb.com.au/products/arb-touring-camping-accessories/awnings/

Ironman 4x4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XIVAB7AJws&feature=related
http://www.ironman4x4.com/html/awnings_rooms.html

cheers Greg.

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PostSubject: Re: awnings advice needed   Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:40 pm

Cheers greg. Time limits me to the UK only as I need this to be ready fro Scotland in August. Also guarantees never work between countires, hemispheres as well! Well okay they can do but months and months of delay inbetween.

Looking at the Fiamma website I might be able to sort this less painfully than I thought if the parts are in stock.

SIDE NOTE: I have no real idea what happened to the awning. I skewed it so as to shed rainwater in the night. It was at full extension. We heard the noise from inside the camper and when I could see it in daylight the leg had become detached from the leg end; and the arm had broken at the elbow joint.

This might be awning 101 for everyone else but I think maybe the leg slider had come loose and under the weight of rainwater, and then with now no leg support the arm had skewed too much and twisted then broke.

Aaaanyhoo is this interesting? Nope! : ) but I think what I'm trying to say is that these awnings are not bullet proof.
In future when we're out I'll wind it in a bit at night so if the wind or rain does kick up there's less going on.
Also the awning nuts need a 13mm spanner so thatís going into the tool kit for the van!
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PostSubject: Re: awnings advice needed   Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:33 pm

Hi Marko I don't have a SuperCustom but a 3l Toyota Granvia camper!
I've got a used DWT Fjord3 awning which is wanting a new home.
It's German made to a very high standard and looks like a nissan hut when erected. It attached to the side of the van in various ways and can be used as a drive away awning. Details at www.dwt-zelte.com and looks like the Fjord 25 model.
If of any interest will send you some pics in use. In great condition with zip-in ground sheet and all the bits.
Never had any probs despite some heavy weather!
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PostSubject: Re: awnings advice needed   Wed Jul 18, 2012 11:11 pm

PM'd you. Cheers
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