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Old 07-27-2012, 10:09 PM   #11
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Things can happen when you leave your RV and the awning is extended...
It's no wonder, neither were staked down and the electric one had no support from the awning to the ground either.
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:31 PM   #12
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I use one of those cork screw anchors for dog chains and a ratchet strap, wind can blow all it wants and I don't worry about the awning going anywhere.
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Old 07-28-2012, 03:30 AM   #13
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It's no wonder, neither were staked down and the electric one had no support from the awning to the ground either.
I agree, sure pays to roll em up!

I have had sailboats for 30 years and the loading on a jib sheet on a modest boat close hauled is in excess of 4000lbs in a 15 knot wind, imagine what a 40mph gust can do to a canopy staked down or not, something has to give, not so?
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Old 07-28-2012, 07:29 AM   #14
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Anyone care to do a review of:

Save Your RV Awning with an RV Awning Travel Lock!

at 40 bucks it looks interesting; but not sure if I want to "take point".
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Old 07-28-2012, 08:40 AM   #15
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For the few seconds it takes we do as we were told years ago, never leave the awning out when you go to bed or leave the unit. Hasn't steered us wrong yet. I will say it is a bit of a PIA to take down the lights but it is only 2min out of the day.
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Old 07-28-2012, 09:18 AM   #16
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I hope that others have read this thread and the posts and that they will learn from other's mistakes. I know that I will never assume that nothing will happen even though I had it tilted down in front, tied down to a 500 pound picnic table, and what I thought secured for the weather we were having. Mother Nature can always fool you.
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Old 07-28-2012, 12:02 PM   #17
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Anyone care to do a review of:

Save Your RV Awning with an RV Awning Travel Lock!

at 40 bucks it looks interesting; but not sure if I want to "take point".
I hadn't realized that the awning could unravel whilst motoring so its a good idea, looks very neat and for $40 could be worth while insurance.

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Old 07-28-2012, 12:59 PM   #18
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Was working for my neighbor in Yellowstone in 1998. On last trip home, he was towing his travel trailer and I was towing his pontoon boat. His awning started to unravel but couldn't catch him to tell him until it was destroyed.

First and only night I left my awning up, a storm came up about the time it was starting to get light. Don't know if the storm would have caused any damage or not, but bent one of the support rods trying to get it down. Ended up was able to straighten it again with the hood of the truck with a towel on it.
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We have had the rv awning lock for a few years now. Easy install, easy operation, eases my worrying mind while on the road. Just a bit of insurance.
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Old 07-28-2012, 01:26 PM   #20
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Anyone care to do a review of:

Save Your RV Awning with an RV Awning Travel Lock!

at 40 bucks it looks interesting; but not sure if I want to "take point".
Will stay with the one I came up with, less than $10 and also just as positive a lock. Can also do the same with a large hose clamp, hvy duty "D" ring and a pc of chain with a spring or just a rod and turnbuckle instead of the chain/spring.
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