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How to Install a Fiamma F45 Awning

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It is important that the installation manual is properly read and understood before installation.

Before Installation

  • Check the wall of the vehicle and verify the position of the reinforced points or request this information from the seller of your vehicle.
  • After confirming the correct reinforced points, choose the appropriate brackets.
  • We recommend that the installation is carried out by qualified personnel and in compliance with current local regulations.
  • Fiamma will not be held responsible for problems relating to incorrect or improper installation methods.

    Mounting Brackets

    Awnings can be fixed to the wall of the vehicle using the brackets provided, or a range of specialty adapters are available for specific fastenings. If using adapters follow the specific installation instructions provided with the brackets.

    Fiamma F45 Mounting Bracket Range
    Fiamma F45 Mounting Bracket Range


    Mounting Bracket Locations

  • Three brackets should be used to support the awning, the brackets at each end must be positioned at the point where the arms are fixed to the case(Figure 1). Ideally the centre bracket is located an equal distance from each end.
  • If you are using the Standard brackets included with the awning then the mounting location of the brackets should aline with the "Support" markings on the rear of awning case. (Figure 1)
  • Bear in mind that the awning will extend higher than the brackets. This need to be considered should there be gutters or edges of joins on the roof.

    Fixing Location for Mounting Brackets
    Fig 1 - Fixing Location for Mounting Brackets

  • The awning must be mounted in a level position, both vertically and horizontally.
  • If the wall of the vehicle is not perfectly straight, place some spacers between the bracket and the wall of the vehicle to correct.

    Fixing Location for Mounting Brackets2
    Fig 2 - Brackets Must be Positioned Level


    Attaching Mounting Brackets

    As a preliminary operation before fixing, always probe the wall of the vehicle and check the reinforced points or get information from your vehicle's dealer; before drilling, ensure that there are no internal obstacles (e.g. electrical cables, gas pipes, etc.).

  • Mark the fixing point on the outer wall of the vehicle and drill.
  • Fix the brackets, making sure not to overtighten the bracket blocking nuts; use mastic near the holes to prevent water from getting in afterwards.

    Attaching Mounting Brackets
    Fig 3 - Attaching Mounting Brackets

  • Position the awning on the brackets and fix it.

    Figure 5

  • The brackets are preset with two holes: a single screw provided is required for fixing the awning - use the most convenient hole. (Figure 5)
    Figure 6
    Fig 5 - Attach Awning to Brackets

  • F45 Awnings include wall brackets for the leg supports, these are optional to install. If you do remember only attach brackets on reinforced points.

    Figure 6


    Awning Operation

    Figure 6
    Fig. 6 - Partially Open Awning and Release Legs.

  • In order to avoid unnecessary strain on the awning as well as on the vehicle side, we suggest to take out the legs at about 1 m from the opening.
  • Grasp the leg near its hinge-joint and pull it toward you. Unhook and lower the leg.

    Figure 6
    Fig. 7 - Peg Down and Tighten Fabric.

  • After unrolling the awning completely, adjust the legs at the chosen height. To avoid the awning being lifted up by an unexpected gust of wind, it is necessary to secure the legs to the ground with the provided hooks.
  • For safety's sake, we strongly advise you to anchor the awning with the Tie-Down (Optional).

    Closing Awning

    We remind you that the awning is a sun protection, so please close your awning in case of rain, wind or snow. Otherwise, please take the following precautions: lower one side of your awning, so that water can flow away and place the tension rafter

    Lower one side to assist water flow when raining
    Fig. 8 - Lower One Side to Assist Water Flow When Raining. .

    The foot for leg has been created to prevent its incorrect placing inside the housing of the lead bar during the closing phase of the awning. With an incorrect placing of the foot the lead bar will not close completely; therefore it is advisable to always place it properly into the housing with the base turned to the lead bar. (Figure 9)

    Correct Positioning of Leg and Foot
    Fig. 9 - Correct Positioning of Leg and Foot

    If the awning is still open, the red flag is visible. When the awning is completely closed, the red flag is no longer visible.

    Opened Awning Indictor
    Fig. 10 - Opened Awning Indictor.


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