Bimini problem?

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I am enjoying my new Bennington but:
When the top is folded down I have the interference shown in this picture. It seems like the bottom bracket should be wide enough to except the top piece falling in but it doesn’t. Am I doing something wrong this is my first attempt?
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The short leg clips into that bracket on the rail. The upper bracket is not meant to go into the lower bracket
 

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I'm not sure it should be folded that far down since it will not be supported/secured. I've always "secured" mine by using the shortest strut that can bee seen folded under in the image above
 

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Thanks guys, I could see that the short leg works, but I really like the lower position of no leg. Thanks for helping me understand the problem.
I'll look at it again and may make a modification.
 

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My 2004 2275 RL never had a "trailer" strut and it used to just sit on the bracket just like yours. I used to put a piece of foam rubber in between.......
 

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I am enjoying my new Bennington but:
When the top is folded down I have the interference shown in this picture. It seems like the bottom bracket should be wide enough to except the top piece falling in but it doesn’t. Am I doing something wrong this is my first attempt?
TT
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Right, seems that at least the brackets would be offset so it would lay flat. Please post if you find a modification that works.
 

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If it lays flat ,chances are it will rest on your furniture .
Ahhh, right, excellent point. Though, sometimes nice if sunning to have open sky. But I could see the issue when moving with rubbing!! Thank you.
 

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Ahhh, right, excellent point. Though, sometimes nice if sunning to have open sky. But I could see the issue when moving with rubbing!! Thank you.
There is also the possibility of putting an indentation in your furniture
 

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I decided to lower the Bimini in its down position. It doesn’t touch my seats when down. Here’s a picture of my shortened strut which I will use until I get a better idea. C53940A4-84F3-4646-BB0E-EB1D9E8C7C8B.jpegB01EC354-E775-4E59-8FE9-F51790F5AD60.jpeg
 

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Would like to see a picture of the new set up
 

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Some of you guys wanted to see the finished product. I took a few pics this afternoon. On the overall picture I tied a rope around the folded bimini just to show how much clearance I still have below. I am going to try this set up for a while and then see if maybe I can drop it on down with a different design altogether.
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