ARB makes some pretty killer 4×4 parts and accessories and the Awnings are a nice, simple, adaptable line that can be installed to most vehicles in a snap. If you have a four wheel camper without a roof rack and want a really solid mounting arrangement, keep reading and I’ll show you what I did.
ARB seems to not have intended to flush mount the awning as it is designed with an aluminum extrusion that holds the bolt heads captive and nuts are put on from the back. This is designed for using brackets to attach to a wall or have the bolts go right through the wall with nuts on the inside. I did not like the idea of having the bolts penetrate into the camper interior since they would interfere with the bed storage and small interior cabinets. I also wanted the option to remove the awning easily.
I purchased a length of 3″ x 1″ x 1/8″ wall x 78-3/4″ aluminum and drilled it to match the bolt locations on the ARB awning. The bolts can slide in the extrusion so they can be located at any spot along the length.
To mount the aluminum section to the camper, I drilled some clearance holes for #10 x 1″ stainless steel sheet metal screws. I used 12 in all, evenly spaced in two rows about 2 inches apart. I drilled 9/64″ pilot holes into the aluminum banding that runs the entire perimeter of the Four Wheel Campers at the top of the framing. Clear, 100% Silicone RTV Adhesive Sealant was applied around the entire length of the mounting surface and around all of the holes in three beads.
I applied a final finishing bead at the top where the Aluminum meets the siding on the camper for another level of protection.
Attaching the awning to the mounting piece was a bit tricky to get access to tighten the lock nuts on the bolts. I cut an extra access slot for the middle bolts, but could only get at one, so the Awning sits mounted with 5 total bolts, ARB recommends a minimum of 4. It is very stable as is so I don’t have any worries.
Centre bolt access