Before We Begin
This is the second blog in our installation series on how to mount our awnings to a platform rack. Below will be our step by step guide for a Yakima system.
If you have a Rhino Rack you can check out our first blog which used that product for mounting.
Collect Your Tools
As well as the awning and mounting kit pieces, these are the tools we used to complete this job:
- Tape measure
- 6mm allen key
- 8mm allen key
Preparing the Rear Mounting Brackets
Slide your four black unistrut nuts into the 4 ends of your platform rack. The nuts should be placed in with the flat face down.
Using these channel nuts, attach the adapter bracket to each point finger tight. Then slide the 4 silver channel nuts into the provided rear mounting rail approximately 200mm from either end.
Mounting the Rail and Bracket
Connect the adapter bracket that is attached to the roof rack to the mounting rail using the remaining holes. Tighten these until they are fingertight and slide the rail so they are centrally positioned to the car. From here, tighten the other bolts in place.
To finish off the rear attachments, slide the turn-knobs on the underside of each end and place the sliding hook on the opposite side to the awning’s eventual placement.
Mounting the Front Hook
Across the long side of the platform rack where your awning will be mounted, measure 1650mm from the rear mounting rail and mark that point. Using another 2 channel nuts, fasten the hook rod so the near side sits at the measured position.
Finally - Put on the Awning!
Slide your awning into the rail at the rear, lift up the front of the awning and bring it to sit on the front rod. Use the elasticated front strap to fasten the awning and tighten all the turn-knobs.
And that is the entire process!
We hope this has been helpful to you. If you would like to see the correlating video to go with this tutorial you can find it on our CleverShade YouTube channel.