Originally Posted by gasman94
I was just saying tonight that we need to bring the EZ up on our next trip.
Watch carefully what brand ya buy...... Most of them are pure junk, IMHO.
Put one up for the very first time a year ago, within 24 hours it was badly mangled.
Called the factory to order some replacement pieces; they could not have been less cooperative.
The best ones have horizontal bracing that extends out from the center assembly to the mid-point of each side of the frame. The pole that holds the center point of the canvas extends up from the intersection of the horizontal bracing pieces.
To illustrate, consider this simple top-down view drawing. Blue represents the center point of the awning, the black is the 12x12 (or whatever size frame). The red is the horizontal bracing I mentioned and the center support goes UP from where the two red pieces intersect.
The other cheap, crappy (again in IMHO) one will have the center point of the canvas supported by the green pieces, coming in diagonally from each corner.
HTH..... The ones with the green pieces INSTEAD of the red sections will fold up like a cheap suit in even the slightest breeze.