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Old 09-10-2019, 05:52 PM   #1
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Dometic Awning Tie Down

I have a 2016 335DL with the Dometic power awning.

The electric awning is convenient, but does not handle wind well, anything over a strong breeze and I worry about it being damaged.

I removed the two 1/4 20 bolts (1 in each awning arm, at the top of the arm) and replaced them with a stainless steel hook. I tied a loop in two lengths of rope, hooked the loop over the stainless hooks and secure the ropes to stakes (or vehicle, picnic table, etc). I use my windshield washer handle to hook the rope over the hook.

While I still wouldn't leave the awning unattended, I've had it fully extended in some fairly heavy winds and it's done very well.

Another advantage of tying the awning down is that I use the ropes to adjust the height/slope of the awning as opposed to having to use a step to reach the adjusting knobs which don't hold well anyway.

Hope this helps a few folks....

I forgot the photo, just added it - sorry.

Cheers,

John
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I like that. I'm awning shy since the one on our previous Surveyor ended up on the roof covering the air con.
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If you really want to help your power awning in the wind, search the site for 'awning hold down brackets/poles'
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I like that. I'm awning shy since the one on our previous Surveyor ended up on the roof covering the air con.
I'm with you. Never lost one but I've seen dozen's in the CG dumpsters. If mine can't handle the wind as is...I put it away.
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The power awnings are made to fold back in the wind. unlike the fixed sail of the manual awnings. they also automatically dump water in the rain. tying it down could cause the material to tear in a high wind.
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The power awnings are made to fold back in the wind. unlike the fixed sail of the manual awnings. they also automatically dump water in the rain. tying it down could cause the material to tear in a high wind.

Not all power awnings. Ours does not do this.
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Old 09-11-2019, 06:28 AM   #7
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I have a 2016 335DL with the Dometic power awning.



The electric awning is convenient, but does not handle wind well, anything over a strong breeze and I worry about it being damaged.



I removed the two 1/4 20 bolts (1 in each awning arm, at the top of the arm) and replaced them with a stainless steel hook. I tied a loop in two lengths of rope, hooked the loop over the stainless hooks and secure the ropes to stakes (or vehicle, picnic table, etc). I use my windshield washer handle to hook the rope over the hook.



While I still wouldn't leave the awning unattended, I've had it fully extended in some fairly heavy winds and it's done very well.



Another advantage of tying the awning down is that I use the ropes to adjust the height/slope of the awning as opposed to having to use a step to reach the adjusting knobs which don't hold well anyway.



Hope this helps a few folks....



I forgot the photo, just added it - sorry.



Cheers,



John


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The power awnings are made to fold back in the wind. unlike the fixed sail of the manual awnings. they also automatically dump water in the rain. tying it down could cause the material to tear in a high wind.
Maybe yours does......
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Not all power awnings. Ours does not do this.
Maybe not. But Iíve seen ones tied down where the wind ripped the awning material along the trailer.
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Maybe not. But Iíve seen ones tied down where the wind ripped the awning material along the trailer.

I certainly wouldnít leave mine out in wind that strong but itís nice to be able to leave it out in light winds that otherwise make it bounce and slam down. It doesnít take much wind to lift it up.
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