To all of you still considering (I know who you are, I was one of ya'll until recently), I can say that these work! We just got back from our first weekend out since I installed the poles. On Saturday night, a storm blew threw the campground. Normally I'd have to roll the awning in for that kind of storm. Instead, she didn't even budge.
And to top it all off, thanks to these, I was able to keep our original dinner plans.
Ham steaks, Baked Potatoes and Corn on the Cob, in a downpour, all thanks to not having to roll my awning up.