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Subject Topic: J rail to fit a Khyam awning
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19/4/2016 at 11:53am
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Thanks J Had a reply from cmcreimo who advise they do not know if the multirail with spoilers will fit the NV200. My converter (Coast2coast) have ordered on ebay a cheap (16 squid) aluminium c rail which "may" be able to be bent to follow the NV200 roofline. We shall see. But yes, the multirail is expensive for what it is ! I will let you know.

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19/4/2016 at 12:37pm
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Quote: Originally posted by mikael on 19/4/2016
My converter (Coast2coast) have ordered on ebay a cheap (16 squid) aluminium c rail which "may" be able to be bent to follow the NV200 roofline..



How are they planning to fix it? ..by means of existing roof-bar fixing holes?..Hopefully they aren't just going to pop rivet/self-tapper it on!?...

If the latter really is the only fixing option, as it 's only to attach the "tunnel" of a supporting driveway awning, then I'd probably be looking a just using straps....

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19/4/2016 at 4:31pm
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Pepe, when I originally asked if roof rack fixings were available you then suggested exactly the same thing. They are not available. Neither is the suggestion of straps. It has a raising roof.It is also not possible to have a roll out 'sunshade'. M & I have spoken at length on this and believe us, M does not want anything that will be a carbuncle on his brand new van. I am off to a converter this afternoon to see what a professional does for his customers. My new van arrived yesterday,Yippeee, and unfortunately, I have to have a Fiama roll out fitted as an extra. They are not available as original equipment. They do look stupid added on to the side of a new vehicle, it would not have been my choice, but has to be. M, will be back to you this evening with a bit of luck. J.


19/4/2016 at 7:49pm
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M, Been there , still only found the option of the C rail. You have a choice of 2. One Has no backing flat plate behind it, the other does. He knows of nothing else at all. Although he has several vans in the workshop now, and finished ones in the yard. None in the workshop are having rails fitted, and the ones awaiting collection (May delivery) have the same thing as the Reimo job. Which is a delight to look at, but not cost effective. Maybe, as I don't think that the c rails would bend to the profile of your front doors. That you could perhaps cut them short of the door profile, and elasticate the side of the awning tunnel? Not ideal, but the only thing I can come up with. I told him where you live and he said A, Come over, or B, call him. Genuine nice bloke. You can find him at CUSTOM CAMPER SOLUTIONS, in Desborough, Kettering Northants. Over and out mate, can think of nothing else that will help you. The expensive jobs, are as I say fitted to some of his finished vans, and I had the opportunity to feel behind it, in is made of Nylon or plastic, (Could even be powder coated alloy?)and is almost the same profile as a j rail, there is no channel as such. These were all on VW's Have a look at his website. Sorry not to have solved the problem.J.


19/4/2016 at 8:46pm
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Hi J, thanks for all your help.Believe me it is appreciated ! I shall give the guy a call tomorrow. He may know if the rail is bendable (I think an alloy or aluminium one will be possible). Yes the reimo multirail is expensive but they do look the part. Also, I am awaiting Coast2coast to advise on this cheapo one. It would be a drag to have to throw guylines over the van AND negotiate a pop up roof just to attach an awning. I may have been a bit presumptious at the NEC to buy the Khyam ahead of the van, but also the salesman didn't see the NV200 a problem (just interested in the sale I suppose). I'm sure an answer lies out there. Went to buy some cooking stuff for the ceramic diesel hot plate and chose outwell (collapsible kettle, lates and a pan cookset which is also space saving. I will be putting some photo's to go on Dinkums NV200 blog for anyone interested in my micro camper. Good luck with yours. Happy days. M

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20/4/2016 at 9:08am
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Quote: Originally posted by AUSTINS on 19/4/2016
Pepe, when I originally asked if roof rack fixings were available you then suggested exactly the same thing. They are not available. Neither is the suggestion of straps. It has a raising roof.It is also not possible to have a roll out 'sunshade'.

*M & I have spoken at length on this and believe us, M does not want anything that will be a carbuncle on his brand new van. I am off to a converter this afternoon to see what a professional does for his customers..



Oh? I hadn't seen any mention of there being no rack fixing holes? (..in fact it was you who posted that there were "lugs"?).

We have a few festival "acquaintances" who successfully use straps with their rising vans, they just use two straps. routed diagonally across the front and rear screens.(They're either pegged down or tied off to mirrors/bumpers etc,or some folk even use the small dent pullers I mentioned).
..I'd at least be giving them a try before having a row of holes drilled in roof edge of my nice new van!

But.if drilling IS going to be involved, no matter how expensive they may seem, I'd at least be looking at fitting a decent shaped (Reimo/multirail style) rail.
Having forked out for a new van, there seems little point in spoiling things, by pop riveting on the likes of a 16 quid ali' rail off ebay!

It's only going to get fitted once....


20/4/2016 at 3:43pm
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Hi Pepe63, Believe me, nothing will go on the van if it looks a dog's dinner. I would rather do without. The problem I see is following the roof line. Over the passenger door the roof starts to dip down towards the bonnet. So to achieve the required 2.4m, the rail or front end spoiler will need to follow this curve. The alternative is to have a shorter rail that merely follows the straight section of the roof (something like 2.1m) and then gather up the awning material on the passenger door side. Not ideal, but a possibility. Will await what my converter comes up with. Also the UK reimo rep advise more rails are due out in May for other vehicles (Mercades/vauxhall etc) which may have a more suitable multirail type other than the VW one. I will add to this post when more info is available. Also must ring Custom Campers Solutions for any ideas there. Thanks all

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20/4/2016 at 5:04pm
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It still always amazes me that, when you consider how expensive 'vans are, coupled with how popular awnings are, the usual way of connecting the two together, still seems to revolve around using a basic moulding just screwed/riveted on.....

By now, you'd expect the likes of the rising roof manufactures be integrating a rail into their lower frame...or at least providing a means of attaching one, that doesn't involve drilling the body work..

'Hope you find the solution you're after.


21/4/2016 at 12:06am
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You are right about the rail being possibly incorporated into the pop up roof design; supply and demand heh !

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