Rooftop awning installation

I purchased this from Amazon for $83 on June 22, 2020. The price has increased after I posted the image on Facebook to $112.00 when I last looked.

Here are the steps I took to install it.

  • Removed the screws from one side of the roof rack.
  • Raised the roof rack bar to slide the awning hardware under it.
  • Tightened the screws
  • Mounted the awning
Unboxed awning

Remove the screws from the roof rack

I removed the 5 screws from the roof rack because the awning hardware screw could not slide into the L bracket hole.

Slide the awning hardware under the roof rack.

Slide the awning hardware under the roof rack.

Tightened the screws.

Here the screws for the L bracket is secure and the two bolts that hold the awning is ready for attachment.

Attach the awning by sliding the rail onto the bolts.

Sliding the rail unto the bolts and tightening them down.

Finished work

I went to Walmart and purchased additional straps because the two black ones are not adjustable and the case sags and sometimes get caught in the side door closing.

I cut the straps because they were 10 feet long. Adding these straps raises the case up so the door doesn’t grab it when closing.

Need relief from stiffness

My van doesn’t have a lot of space for moving around. The more I add to my van the less room I have for navigating. Some people on the Facebook group were suggesting that I get out of the van and walk. My response to them is that in Washington State during the winter months it rains a lot. Going for a walk would introduce rain into the van, and wet clothes; which isn’t good.

That means in the winter you will be spending a lot of time in the van, so when it’s time to get out of the van stiff joins might make it challenging.

So I wanted a way to solve that problem. In addition, I spend more hours than I can count on the computer writing code and doing software engineering stuff.

While trying to solve stiffness with my shoulder and neck doing exercises I decided to googled around looking for information about muscle relaxers and came across several articles on recommending muscle stimulation instead of ingesting pills. After careful reviews, watching videos and so on, I bought this one for $48.99 on Amazon and thought I’d share it with you.

It really works and helps with stiffness, gets the blood flowing around my neck and shoulders.

I’m not into selling things, but some people always ask for links and I decided to put them here to be helpful. I am a Amazon Affiliate, suggested to me by one Van Lifer. So here it is.

It’s rechargeable, and according to the reviews the battery lasts a long time.