Thought I’d start a new topic with a tighter focus. Lots of us will be using a variety of awnings to increase the available shade, some will get fancy others will pull the old one out of storage as I did.
I just mounted up my ARB 2000 awning to the camper using 2 of the GFC Awning Brackets.
First because results are often more appreciate than the how to
The 2000 is a good length with the camper, looks much better than it did with the Prinsu CabRack it was previously mounted on.
I installed it solo so there was some failed attempts on the way. My first attmept was in a Home Depot parking lot while burning time waiting on someone. Installed the brackets but they ended up not having the appropriate hardware in stock.
Found what I needed at Lowe’s
8 - M6 x 20mm Hex Bolts
8 - M6 Nylock nuts
8 - 1/4" Fender Washers
The 2nd attempt involved mounting the brackets to the awning first. I thought I could just align the t-nuts and twist them into place. Turns out it’s hard holding a heavy 6ish foot item perfectly in place with one hand.
I gave in and mounted the brackets first, aligning the bolts on the awning was a bit challenging but I managed. I started with the top bolts which were easy to reach with a ratcheting wrench, then jammed my hand in from underneath to get the bottom bolts. While fighting the rear bracket I remembered I could just open the tent and have plenty of room to use a deepwell socket. So, pro tip, bring a friend, open the tent halfway so the tent sides aren’t tight.
Post up how you mounted your awning, which sizes fit where, any challenges you had or tips you’ve got.