I looked on the documentation I wrote there and it doesnt state other than I used a 3/16" rivet. But I'm 99% sure I backed it with a 3/16" flat washer! No I didnt go through any structural members (Framing) but I DID make sure I located the brackets as close as I could to the floor line where it will be stronger and less flexing. Also notice that I used a screw on the bottom! If you will look at your awning feet, you will see a hole that will straddle that screw head. To me, it helps keep the foot from slipping in the bracket.
A few other things here to note:
No, I've NEVER lubricated any part of the awning- so far never had to.
Another is, DO NOT leave your awning deployed in high-wind. I've tested my awning with 25 mph + wind and it holds fine, but I will not leave it out. I monitor the weather closely and if there's ANY chance of wind/storms, it goes in immediately!! With that, you'll never have an issue with it.
Finally, do NOT extend the legs and try to attach them to the brackets with the awning in its case! It will NOT work! The Scamp
is curved and it's impossible to attach the legs on my Scamp without pulling the awning out anyway. ALSO make sure you unlatch the legs before going in with the awning. If you forget to detach the legs and go in with it, you WILL inflict damage to possibly several components! Not trying to scare you from the brackets, but they do require due vigilance for proper use!
Here's how we do it:
The wife and I extend the legs. Each one of us holds one leg and let it rest on the ground moving it outward with the awning as I pull it from the case...until we hear that "click". I then reach in and tighten the knobs before releasing the pull ribbon. And again, we do it in reverse order when retracting the awning. We've used it for years this way with no problems.
I dont care for this awning as it reminds me of a giant window shade! Do you know what happens if you let go of a window shade?????
Yeah, that thought is always in my mind!
Originally Posted by ArthurBNH
We beach it a lot and there is not much to stake in the sand
I see that you riveted them did you back the rivets up or go direct though to a frame member?