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#1 2019-05-28 01:55:13

GRIFFIN
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From: DURHAM
Registered: 2019-03-16
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HOME MADE AWNING RAIL AND LOW LINE ROOF RACK - a work in progress.

This may be of interest to members with a camper conversion.

I decided that I wanted to have a simple awning/canopy on the side of my scudo but at a couple of hundred quid for a folding one and the thought of lugging it round everywhere attached to the van, there must be a better alternative.

After a little research I found this
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Caravan-Moto … 2635260866?

and this
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Sun-canopy-a … 3197102485?

All I had to do was devise a way of fitting them onto my scudo. It was never going to be rocket science, with the brackets already fitted to the van roof, I just made some angled spacers then screwed a piece of 50 x 25 mm rectangular aluminium tubing along the full length of the van in order to give me something to mount the awning rail onto. Then I decided that if I made two and added some cross bars I would have a roof rack as well.

I'm in the fortunate position of having my own little workshop with a couple of lathes and a milling machine as well as a bench top and freestanding pedestal drill. I calculated the angle on the bottom of the spacers needed to be 12.5 degrees with a notch cut out to accommodate the lip on the roof brackets on the van. Then rather annoyingly I discovered that the roof brackets were not all at the same height, so the spacers were going to have be different thicknesses. After a few hours of calculating, cutting and milling; I drilled some holes in the aluminium tube to correspond with the mounting brackets on the van and mounted the side rails onto the van roof.

They are quite low for minimum wind resistance so now I just have to fit the awning rail to one side and some cross bars, then I'll have my dual purpose awning mount and roof rack.

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I'll post more photos when I get the cross rails, and awning fitted, Cheers, Griff.

Last edited by GRIFFIN (2019-05-28 03:07:50)


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#2 2019-05-28 07:11:08

Casper
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From: East Lothian
Registered: 2015-12-20
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Re: HOME MADE AWNING RAIL AND LOW LINE ROOF RACK - a work in progress.

When i had mine i put the tracking along the side of my roof bars. More of less the same height as what yours are then i got a awning with sides. It worked well but was designed for a taller van.

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As for canopy i was looking to make one before getting an awning. You can buy the beeding (Making sure its 6mm)

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-CARAVAN- … ctupt=true

Get a cheap tarp

https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_osac … p&_sacat=0

Then adjustable poles

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2-x-CARAVAN- … SwzhVWr8XC

Decided the awning was better for that extra room at night. Big enough for a table and two chairs plus an area to feed the dog. 

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#3 2019-05-29 00:23:07

GRIFFIN
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From: DURHAM
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Posts: 56

Re: HOME MADE AWNING RAIL AND LOW LINE ROOF RACK - a work in progress.

Hahaha yeah I've got one almost Identical for the back of the van but it has a zip on both sides so you can drive away and leave it standing. I wanted a side canopy as well though, so I could just pull up and have a shelter by the roadside or wherever in minutes and that's where the Idea came from.


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#4 2019-05-29 05:37:47

vaz2121
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From: SW. Scotland
Registered: 2015-08-31
Posts: 552

Re: HOME MADE AWNING RAIL AND LOW LINE ROOF RACK - a work in progress.

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I'll not go into the nitty details why/how..... But as you can see I've got The two fiamma rails that my roofbox sits on ....... an Awning rail and as I no longer use the Rhino roof bars I fitted those Large screw in "O" ring things (Can't remember their name) and although not been used that much a tent like fabric that I got from eB** for  some sun shade......... modified it slightly with those eyelet repair things and use a couple marquee type poles proping it up and secured to van with bungy cord loop things and the last eyelet tensioned over the front part of van with a length of bungy and hooked (plastic) on front wheel.......... looped round bonnet hinge is a bit better  although neither entirely satisfactory IMHO............
If that makes any sence to you

Has given us some much needed shade as found out on a trip to Spain ........... (A bit Parasol like and ok for a little drizzle but so far ok)
(Not clever I admit if the wind really gets up........... (Never left it up over night)

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#5 2019-05-29 08:12:44

Casper
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Re: HOME MADE AWNING RAIL AND LOW LINE ROOF RACK - a work in progress.

You dont happen to know the paint code colour name for that blue Griffin do you? For some reason my rear hinges are all paint less.

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#6 2019-05-29 11:27:38

vaz2121
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From: SW. Scotland
Registered: 2015-08-31
Posts: 552

Re: HOME MADE AWNING RAIL AND LOW LINE ROOF RACK - a work in progress.

Have a look here on drivers door Casper see if that stickers still there it contains paint code............ In my case "KJF" (As visible {Rouge Ardent}) is my paint code
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For some reason the hinges on my rear doors are loosing their paint also but got much worse with using the pressure washer............
They take on that Alloy fur ....... I thought etch primer and rattle can spray either red or black but as yet never got round to it

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#7 2019-05-29 15:21:17

GRIFFIN
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From: DURHAM
Registered: 2019-03-16
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Re: HOME MADE AWNING RAIL AND LOW LINE ROOF RACK - a work in progress.

Hi Casper, The panel on my scudo drivers door says KPVB which is the colour BLEU LINE-GIUDIZIOSO 479A for a CITROEN vehicle.

Must say it looks a little lighter than yours does though but could be just camera difference I suppose.

Cheers, Griff.


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#8 2019-05-29 17:39:22

Casper
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Re: HOME MADE AWNING RAIL AND LOW LINE ROOF RACK - a work in progress.

GRIFFIN wrote:

Hi Casper, The panel on my scudo drivers door says KPVB which is the colour BLEU LINE-GIUDIZIOSO 479A for a CITROEN vehicle.

Must say it looks a little lighter than yours does though but could be just camera difference I suppose.

Cheers, Griff.

I thought they looked the same. That will be why i am not working in a paint shop then big_smile I was talking about my Citroen not the Pug in them pictures but it seems you are correct

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KNPB is apparently Blu Imperial. Ill search for  rattle can later as the hinges are doing my head in.

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#9 2019-05-30 08:09:42

k_wyndham_t
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Registered: 2018-06-01
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Re: HOME MADE AWNING RAIL AND LOW LINE ROOF RACK - a work in progress.

This is all very posh, to be honest I just screwed mine to the side of the vans roof with little o rings behind the screw heads.

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#10 2019-06-04 23:28:54

GRIFFIN
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From: DURHAM
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Re: HOME MADE AWNING RAIL AND LOW LINE ROOF RACK - a work in progress.

As promised here is the next step. Managed to get the awning rail fitted at last and the 2.4 x 3 metre canopy fits a treat, although I have only slid it into position and held it by hand, I'll get it pitched properly on grass with the poles as soon as I can.

Next step will be the cross bars for the roof rack. Will post more pictures soon.

Cheers, Griff.

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