I learned the hard way to not leave the Fiamma awning
up in the rain. I had the center rafter installed and the awning
sloped away from the camper. My son had recently dumped the accumulated rain water. We were sitting at the inside table when we heard a loud noise, the awning
had collapsed. We bought used and got no awning instructions with the Parkliner
. Now I know the awning is only to block the sun.
The RS articulated arm cast end yoke had broken off the shock absorber at the inboard rail and broke the plastic retainer on the outboard rail. The center rafter was bent into a U.
The repair is expensive!
RS articulated arm $255 (only outboard end piece available, otherwise must replace entire arm assy). RS leg kit $18. Center Rafter $ 59 (also must get entire assy), S&H $25.
Outboard end cap and inboard winch assy must be removed first to replace the right arm. All the parts are slid into grooves on the rails, then tightened in place. BEFORE removing the damaged parts, mark the positions of arm's ends attaching hardware on the two rails, as they need to be properly positioned for awning to properly retract. Leave the new arm folded until later.
ATTENTION: Once the inboard RS winch assy is removed, there is nothing holding the awning and its roller, it can completely fall
out! I tied the roller up with a rope to keep it in place until I was ready to reinstall the winch. The replacement arm is folded under spring tension, so be prepared to deal with that as the arm is unfolded.
Attach the winch end (inboard) of the extension arm first in the marked position and tighten the two allen screws. Be sure left end of the roller is still in place in its bushing. Reinstall the winch assy. Next, remove the outboard end cap assy by loosing one nut and slide this leg retaining assy off the mounting rail. Then loosen one nut on the outboard extension arm mount and slide off the rail. Now, carefully cut the plastic strap holding the arm extension folded and SLOWLY let the arm extend. Once the arm is extended, it will easily slide into its groove in the outboard rail. Slide it to the marked position and tighten its retaining nut. Then reinstall the RS outboard leg assy. Test the awning for proper extension and retraction.
The service at Fiamma was excellent and I had the parts on hand in two days.
Fiamma Tel: (407)-672-0091
2427 Forsyth Rd, Orlando FL 32807