VW T5 Bolt on Awning Rail for Roof Rack
LWB or SWB – LEFT or RIGHT SIDE
This fantastic awning rail is a single piece of aluminium which is discreet – in fact out of sight – yet smart looking with chamfered ends to stop your awning snagging when feeding it in. Each rail takes a considerable amount of time to finish by hand to the highest standard, ensuring a perfect fit and sleek look and fitting brilliantly with your existing roof racks. This is achieved by me cutting away part of the awning rail channel where the foot of the roof rack sits, however the flange continues underneath the roof rack foot, which when bolted down through the rail provides a secure and strong one piece awning rail.
Simply bolted on to the T5 gutter using the existing bolt holes which are also used by the roof rack, the rail is supplied with replacement Stainless Steel Domed Allen Key Bolts and Rubber Washers.
If you are after a bolt on rail (and not wishing to drill your van as done with the other rail I make), this is a great option; smart and discreet, giving the ultimate in awning attachment. Simply feed the Kador bead through the rail, out and around each foot of the roof rack and back into the rail channel. The beading sits neatly against the foot of the roof rack, thus still providing a good attachment in terms of weather proofing. There is a slight compromise in that it takes marginally longer to feed the beading through the awning rail as some additional friction is picked up around the roof rack feet, however it does allow both a great awning attachment method and the use of roof racks or roof rails.
Whilst fitting is super easy, if you’d prefer me to do it for you or you wish to collect it, I can offer a fitting service – please call 07900600886 to arrange.
This awning rail is proving to be highly popular, with fantastic feedback and avoids the pitfalls associated with other methods of attachment. Namely: pole and clamp which uses suction cups and metal rods with the risk of them blowing off and damaging your van; tying your awning over the top of your van and risking the straps rubbing and scuffing your paintwork and letting the weather in; or J rails which only allow the use of the Figure of 8 to be clipped to the J section, inevitably blowing off when it gets windy.
HOW DOES THE BESPOKE MODIFICATION WORK?
Once you have selected the correct length and side of rail, I will need a little more information in order to make the bespoke modification. You can do this by sending me some pictures of each of the feet of your roof rack with a tape measure or roof rack next to it so that I can see how far forward and aft of the bolt the foot of the roof rack sits. I will also need to know which holes your roof rack or rail is fitted to. The front hole I refer to as number 1 with a SWB having 4 holes as standard and a LWB having 5 holes as standard. Therefore many longitudinal rails will be fitted to holes 1,3 and 4 on a SWB or 1,3 and 5 on a LWB. Chrome bars often do not have a middle foot and roof racks which go across the van can be fitted in any of the positions available. On some Roof Rails with larger feet, the amount of space in front of the front foot leaves very little for an awning rail in front of the front foot. If this is going to be an issue please check before purchasing. Pictures can be attached via the Request a Quote tab.
HOW TO ATTACH AN AWNING OR SUN CANOPY
A sun canopy with a 6mm or 7mm beading will feed directly into the rail. The beading on an awning would also feed in in the same way whilst you are putting it up it if you do not intend to drive away – however to give a drive away capability you will need the Figure of 8 sections and Kador Bead.
To be able to drive away from your awning simply erect your awning and position it next to your vehicle so that the tunnel is lined up and the correct distance to the awning rail. Attach the tunnel by simply feeding the Kador Bead into the awning rail and connecting this to the beading in the awning using the Figure of 8 strips. Now you can fine tune the positioning of the awning and peg it out. Then simply mark up the position of the front and back wheel on the drivers side. (I do sell runway strips for this or you may wish to use Glow Pegs or just a stone or similar marker). This will enable you to find exactly the same position each time to re-attach the tunnel with the Figure of 8 strips, as described above. To drive away, simply pull the Figure of 8 and Kador bead out and you’re ready to drive off.
DO YOU HAVE A POP TOP ROOF?
If you have a pop top roof, most of them tend to use the gutter channel for the strut and hinges which makes the possibility of using the Bolt on Rail less feasible, although in certain circumstances I may be able to do a similar modification to those I do for roof racks. A better option generally is the the other awning rail I do which glues and screws on and comes as a self fit kit with everything needed to fit it (Stainless Steel Screws, Bonding Sealing Agent, Masking Tape, Latex Gloves, Alcohol Wipes and Instructions). As this rail is so discreet with a profile of just 11mm x 11mm, it can be hidden underneath the pop top in most circumstances or fitted outside of it if you prefer. Please find this as a separate product in the shop by clicking here.
DELIVERY TIMES AND POSTAGE CHARGE
This awning rail is made to order and as this is also a bespoke service, can take a few days or maybe a little longer at peak times for me to make. Delivery is made by courier and therefore a signature is required. It can be posted to a work address or similar though. Please ensure the most suitable delivery address is entered at checkout. The delivery charge is £16.99 and will not cost anything extra if you have additional items and accessories. Whilst the delivery may be higher than if you were buying short sections, the compromise in looks and usability of having shorter sections is just simply not worth the slightly cheaper postage. Collection is also possible by arrangement.