After nearly 5 years of owning VolksCamper the T5 Campervan we finally decided to fit a Fiamma F45s wind out awning. It’s a fairly simple process once you’ve purchased the correct mounting brackets for the type of roof you have on the Transporter. Volkcamper has a pop top roof from www.poptoproofs.co.uk so we opted for the “Kit VW T5 Multivan UK Version” brackets from Fiamma (see below).
Here’s a gallery of photos showing the process.
These are the Kit VW T5 Multivan UK Version brackets that bolt into the existing roof rack mounting bolts on a T5 Transporter.
Existing roof rack mounting holes on a T5 Transporter (front).
The pop top roof hinge covers the rear mounting hole but the next hole along is accessible.
Place the adaptor bracket on to check clearance before applying glue.
This shows how the pop top roof closes over the bracket.
Checking the clearance on the rear bracket.
The pop top roof hinge covers the rear mounting hole so the bracket needs to be mounted to the next hole along the channel.
Apply Sikaflex 252 to the rear of the brackets. This is a bonding adhesive – not basic silicone.
I used some tape to catch any over-spill.
These brackets were left for 24 hours to allow Sikaflex 252 to fully harden before putting any weight onto them or fully tightening the bolts.
Slot the awning onto the brackets (two person job) and unwind the awning to get access to the base plate. Mark the two holes using a punch, remove the awning and drill through the base plate. Offer the awning back up to the brackets, insert the bolts and tighten them from the inside.
Now we’re all set for some instant shade in the South of France or rain cover in the UK 😉
Update: We’ve now been away a few times with the awning and it’s been fantastic. Here’s a few pics …