FAQs for autobimini lite
Find the answers to our most common questions about autobimini lite and its installation. If you still have questions, don’t hesitate to send a message to our service and support team.
What is included with autobimini lite?
autobimini lite includes a reversing contactor, helm-mounted momentary switch, two (2) electronic actuators, a 4-bow aluminum frame, canvas, and storage boot.
You may need additional miscellaneous wire-securing hardware for routing the electric cables, depending on your exact installation.
What are the dimensions of an installed autobimini lite?
The width of autobimini lite is adjustable from 92” to 102”, and the approximate installed dimensions are 10 feet long and 52 inches high in the full UP position from the surface of the playpen.
Can I install autobimini lite myself?
Yes, autobimini is designed to be installed as a DIY project. See our provided full instructions for installation guidance. The DIY installation is for mechanically and electrically inclined people since it requires accurate measuring, drilling holes, tightening nuts/bolts, running wire cables, and electrical wiring skills.
Can I add autobimini lite to my existing pontoon?
Yes, autobimini lite can be added to almost any pontoon or deck boat due to its telescoping adjustable width framework feature. An autobimini lite will adjust and fit the width of pontoons anywhere between 92” to 102” wide.
The pontoon must have 1.25” square aluminum tubing in order to mount autobimini lite. The heavy-duty electronic actuators weigh 10 lbs each and are designed to be supported with 1.25” square aluminum tubing.
The installer must provide a full-length spacer if smaller aluminum tubing is used.
Will autobimini lite work on a playpen with a step profile aluminum tubing shape?
Some manufacturers, like Avalon, have a step profile playpen rather than the standard 1.25” square aluminum tubing.
If your pontoon has a step profile, it is possible to mount autobimini lite to these playpens, but it will require modifying the playpen and/or the products. autobimini lite is designed to fit 1.25” profiles.
I’m not the DIY type, how do I get autobimini lite installed?
See our list of dealers to have your autobimini lite professionally installed.
If you have a local pontoon boat dealer that is capable of installing autobimini, we will sell autobimini to the boat dealer at a discount so they can sell you the product and charge you an installation fee.
Can I get autobimini lite with a remote control?
Unfortunately, autobimini lite is not available with a remote control. However, the autobimini is provided with a remote control FOB and Smart Phone APP remote control.
Do I have to hold the switch to operate autobimini lite?
Yes, we require the operator to control the system by holding the helm-mounted switch.
The person who is operating the system must be able to stop autobimini lite at any time for any reason. This is for safety.
How long are the electronic actuator cables?
The dual electric actuator cables are 25 feet long and provided with marine-grade wire in a protective jacket.
You may find that the actuator cables are bigger than in other brands. This is because six (6) marine-grade wires are inside each jacketed actuator cable. There are two (2) wires for motor power and four (4) wires for encoder electronic synchronization. The cable houses more wires since it is smart.
Can I use my existing bimini top with autobimini lite actuators?
No, autobimini lite framework is specifically engineered to work with autobimini lite actuators. Even the best manually operated bimini tops on the market will quickly fail when powered due to their lightweight construction.
Our autobimini lite needs the stiffness of the provided aluminum structure to perform the needed motion control.
Does autobimini lite come with a warranty?
Yes, autobimini lite comes with a one-year limited warranty.
Where can I get replacement parts for autobimini lite?
Replacement parts such as canvas, boot, aluminum frame, actuators, autobimini controllers, enclosures, and contactors are available. View all of our replacement parts or contact us with service questions.