WOW! with all the replies I see that we all camp different. My awning are always strapped down for just those times when unexpected winds or whatever might happen. When I am away from my rv for any amount of time I retract the awning (power) within 30 seconds, and put back out upon my return. Awning straps are very easy to release. I do understand that not everyone has this option, that is why I state different ways of camping for different people. That's why it is so enjoyable to camp and meet people with different ideas.