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Old 05-19-2014, 01:01 PM   #1
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Legless awning angle adjustment

My Fiamma legless awning extends almost horizontally, and with my arm straight up (about 7.5 feet) I'm nowhere near touching the end.
I'd really like to set it lower to provide more shade and a cozier feel under it.
Has anyone tried adjusting it so the angle of inclination is greater? Wondered how easy it is to do, and whether there were any disadvantages.
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Old 05-19-2014, 02:55 PM   #2
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I think you would have to adjust the mounting angle on the roof to make this happen. Have you thought about getting a shade that attaches to the awning and hangs down.
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I think you would have to adjust the mounting angle on the roof to make this happen. Have you thought about getting a shade that attaches to the awning and hangs down.
I don't have the legless Fiamma F65 Eagle awning. My awning is just a regular F65 with legs. But I have an 812 black mesh shade that attaches to the front of the awning, for when the Fiamma Privacy Room is too much trouble to set up. It really makes a difference. But I can't recommend it for the F65 Eagle awnings.

With the F65 Eagle legless awning, you'd have two problems using that kind of shade. First you'd need a ladder to attach it when you set up and remove it when you break camp. Second, you'd need to disable the auto-retract feature of the awning, because if it auto-retracts while you've got that shade staked down, you'll break something.
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Old 05-19-2014, 04:28 PM   #4
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I think you would have to adjust the mounting angle on the roof to make this happen. Have you thought about getting a shade that attaches to the awning and hangs down.
You would have to adjust the mounting of the awning but that will likely require you to fabricate new cast aluminum mounting brackets. The instructions for installing the mooting brackets and the awning are found here.

Hanging curtains will not work because the extra weight and wind drag will almost certainly cause the awning to retract even in the slightest breeze or even someone just brushing by it. You can disable the auto-retract switch, but then you risk bending or breaking the awning support arms if wind gust comes by.

Your least cost alternative might be to sell your legless awning to someone else and replace it with a legged awning that will fit your existing mounting brackets. That would open the opportunity for mounting an exterior privacy room.
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Looking at that drawing you MAY be able to:

Remove screws H, bolts E and fabricate new brackets F to just give a little tiny bit of additional rise or twist to the awning as a whole. A tiny bit 1/4 inch or so will equate to a lot more at the end of the extended awning.

Now remember I said may be able to. You would have to look at it yourself and see if this is workable or not.
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Old 05-19-2014, 06:24 PM   #6
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Thanks guys.
I downloaded the F65S manual and it seems the inclination angle is preset to 10 degrees, but there's some plate in there which can be positioned to provide four angle options - 0, 5, 10 and 17 degrees. 17 degrees would be better than 10 degrees, although not by that much.
I wondered if anyone had tried changing any this and whether lowering it would still provide enough clearance with the sliding door.
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I am taking my 2015 AI Ext into the RV dealer today for some minor work and will inquire. I find the automatic retraction feature engages too easily. Would like to adjust the wind tolerance and would certainly like to adjust the angle of the awning. I will see if the dealer can help.


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I am taking my 2015 AI Ext into the RV dealer today for some minor work and will inquire. I find the automatic retraction feature engages too easily. Would like to adjust the wind tolerance and would certainly like to adjust the angle of the awning. I will see if the dealer can help.
Thank you Ellisu2105, I have documented in another thread that I'm not really fond of the legless awning, and this is another reason; lowering the angle of inclination may help to reduce the chances of an automatic retraction due to the wind. Please let us know the outcome.
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As an update, the dealer in Baton Rouge was not able to change the angle due to the sliding door interference. They were able to adjust the wind sensitivity so the awning wouldn't prematurely retract with little movement from the wind. I guess we will have to live with the parallel angle of the legless awning.


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Thanks Ellisu2105, agree we'll have to live with it.
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