If you’re looking to add an extra bracket to your awning for stability—maybe you head off-road quite a bit, and you’re planning on bouncing down the trail—we now offer a kit with three mounting brackets.
Installation Note: Installation of the F45ti 8'-4" awning on a Vanagon is tricky (the new F45S does not have this issue). See photos #2 & #3 below. The internals of this particular awning are positioned directly over the vehicle mounting points. There is a small opening On the inside of the awning just next to the shock spring, that is just large enough to drill the appropriate hole for the bracket mounting bolt. It is a tight fit, but it works. Use a 7/32" drill bit to make a hole in the awning case. There is no drilling into the vehicle itself. Put a dab of super glue on the end of your screwdriver to hold the bolt in place as you feed it through the narrow gap. This is NOT an issue when mounting the longer 10' F45 model. Go for it!
Fitment Note: This kit will NOT work on 1980 Vanagons and some 1981-84's, which have a slightly different rain gutter configuration than later models - please verify your gutters are not the old style. We are working on a solution!
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